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Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
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20 February 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine is currently the only large-scale international presence on the ground in eastern Ukraine. The more than 600 OSCE monitors report regularly about ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine and have thus become "the eyes and ears" of the international community on the ground. The OSCE SMM is composed of civilian, unarmed monitors, seconded by the 57 OSCE participating States. Maintaining the security of the OSCE monitors is thus of vital importance.

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The Upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Belgrade: No Reason to Celebrate
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30 November 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

The Upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Belgrade: No Reason to Celebrate

The 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) will meet on 3 and 4 December in Belgrade, Serbia. The MC meeting, which takes place once a year in the country holding the OSCE Chairmanship, is attended by foreign ministers or their representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States as well as from the 11 Partners for Co-operation. The Belgrade MC meeting was originally supposed to be a significant meeting at which OSCE participating States had hoped to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act with the successful conclusion of the so-called Helsinki+40 process and the adoption of a landmark OSCE document. Yet, OSCE states don't have much reason to celebrate in Belgrade, writes Stephanie Liechtenstein.

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27 May 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

To the Panel of Eminent Persons: The Ailing Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture: Treat the Causes not the Symptoms

The current crisis in and around Ukraine is a symptom of a much deeper crisis of the European security architecture and the role that the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) plays in it. The renewed East-West confrontation, the lack of progress on arms control issues and on how to reestablish a dialogue on co-operative security in the OSCE area, as well as the OSCE's inability to make progress regarding the protracted conflicts, and continuous disagreement about the main role of the OSCE are all symptoms of that same crisis. The Panel of Eminent Persons that has been tasked at the 2014 OSCE Basel Ministerial Council meeting with elaborating recommendations on how to reconsolidate European security, should address the root causes and not merely develop recommendations that treat the symptoms.

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INTERVIEW with Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor: Political will has to be translated into operational instructions on the ground
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24 February 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

INTERVIEW with Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor: Political will has to be translated into operational instructions on the ground

On 12 February 2015 a package of measures was agreed in Minsk, which serves as an implementation plan of the September 2014 Minsk Agreements. The package of measures was signed by the Contact Group, after the so-called Normandy group of states (consisting of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) engaged in marathon negotiations in Minsk in order to bring an end to renewed bloodshed and fighting in eastern Ukraine. In this interview, Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine states that on 21 February OSCE monitors were able to enter Debaltseve for the first time. He also explains why he believes that additional technological equipment could help the unarmed civilian monitoring mission to perform its tasks efficiently, especially in light of the volatile security situation. In his opinion, what is needed the most though is that political will is translated into operational instructions on the ground.

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OSCE receives Ewald von Kleist Award at Munich Security Conference
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9 February 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

OSCE receives Ewald von Kleist Award at Munich Security Conference

This year, the Munich Security Conference presented the Ewald von Kleist Award to the OSCE for its "contribution to peace, stability and security in Europe, particularly its efforts regarding the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine as well as its diplomatic attempts to end the crisis." The Award is named after Ewald von Kleist, who founded the Munich Security Conference in 1963 and chaired it until 1998. Ewald von Kleist was active in the German resistance to Nazism and was also part of the 20 July 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler. The prize was accepted by the Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Troika, Serbia, Switzerland and Germany as well as by the OSCE Secretary General.

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Between the EU and Russia: Opportunity or Dilemma for Serbia’s OSCE Chairmanship?
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22 January 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 2

Between the EU and Russia: Opportunity or Dilemma for Serbia’s OSCE Chairmanship?

On 15 January, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić outlined the priorities of the 2015 Serbian OSCE Chairmanship at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. Foreign Minister Dačić stressed that the main priority of the Serbian Chair would be to continue supporting a peaceful resolution of the crisis in and around Ukraine. In this context, he expressed support for the work of the Trilateral Contact Group, the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and their respective roles in helping to implement the Minsk protocols as well as the peace plan for the east of Ukraine. Yet, the success of Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship will very much depend on how it will reconcile its relations with the EU and Russia.

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