Montenegro to Chair OSCE Security Cooperation Forum


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20 Apr 15

Montenegro to Chair OSCE Security Cooperation Forum

Montenegro will take over the four-month chairmanship of the OSCE’s Forum for Security Cooperation, which works on arms control and conflict prevention work in member countries.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN

Podgorica

Montenegro on Monday is taking the chair the Forum for Security Cooperation, the main independent body of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which works to increase military security and stability in Europe.

It will chair the Forum, which deals with some of the most fundamental political and military agreements between OSCE states, until the end of July.

It also provides practical assistance to address the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons and works to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

In recent months, the forum has played an active role in seeking a settlement for the Ukrainian crisis and combating international terrorism.

Montenegro’s chairmanship will focus on security sector reform in OSCE states, control of conventional weapons, small arms and ammunition depots, according to a government report which BIRN has seen

The regional dynamics of the arms trade in the context of border security in the Mediterranean region is also one of the issues which the Montenegrin chairmanship will deal with.

“The chairmanship will be an opportunity for the further affirmation of Montenegro as a responsible member of the OSCE and a constructive partner in the region of south-east Europe,” the government report said.

The Forum consists of permanent representatives of all 57 OSCE countries, and meets weekly in Vienna to negotiate concrete measures aimed at strengthening security and stability throughout Europe.

The chairmanship to the Forum shifts from one country to another in accordance with the French alphabet. From January to April it was led by Mongolia, and Monaco will assume the chairmanship in August.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)