The 14 th session of the OSCE Ministerial Council: Still addressing the visible tips of political icebergs Victor-Yves Ghebali 1 Under the leadership of a proactive Belgian Chairmanship, the OSCE went through a particularly busy and rich year illustrated inter alia by the adoption of a Declaration on the strengthening of OSCE / UN relations, the admission of Montenegro as a participating State, the deployment of an environmental assessment Mission to fire-affected territories in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, and the convening of a donor conference for economic rehabilitation in the South Ossetian-Georgian region. Somewhat frantically, the year ended with the Ministerial Council and the Permanent Council holding, in parallel, at the same venue (Brussels), respectively their 14th session and 641st meeting. 2 The Ministers made a record number of 20 formal decisions as well as 6 other texts (in the form of a ‘Declaration’, ‘Statement or just ‘Document’), and also endorsed several decisions taken by the Permanent Council at its Brussels meeting. However, because of a lack of consensus on the twin issue of the Istanbul Military Commitments and the frozen conflicts in Moldova and Georgia, the Brussels Council was regrettably, as in previous years, rather unproductive at the
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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