MONGOLIA ASSUMES THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE OSCE FORUM FOR SECURITY COOPERATION

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The first 2015 meeting of the Forum for Security Cooperation of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) started on 20 January in Vienna.

The OSCE is the largest regional security organization which unites 57 participating States from Europe, America and Asia. This organization aims its activities at preventing armed conflicts, crisis situations, implementing post-conflict restoration. And it conducts its activities within three security dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human.

The Forum for Security Cooperation is the main body of the OSCE which considers the security aspects of politico-military dimension. Mongolia will chair the Forum during the first trimester of 2015.

Foreign Minister of Mongolia Mr. Lundeg Purevsuren made a statement at the opening session of the Mongolian chairmanship of the FSC. He outlined in his statement the priorities which Mongolia will pursue during its chairmanship. They would include among others the issues related to peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, combating international terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The year 2015 marks a series of anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, the 70th anniversary of the use of nuclear bomb in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, the basic document of the OSCE. As an Asian country Mongolia attaches a particular importance to the cooperation with the Asian Partners for Cooperation. He noted that Mongolia is making every effort to promote peace and security in Northeast Asia, initiating the “Ulaanbaatar dialogue on Northeast Asian security”, and expressed hope that the OSCE’s experience over the past forty years could be an inspiration to promoting security and cooperation in Asia.

Representatives of the OSCE participating States who spoke in the opening session congratulated Mongolia on its assumption of the OSCE chairmanship, and offered their support and cooperation.

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