OSCE summit in Belgrade ends, no consent on several topics

The annual meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council ended in Belgrade late on Friday with representatives from 57 OSCE member states failing to reach complete consensus on several topics.

In his closing speech, OSCE Chairman and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that despite efforts and good intentions it was not possible to reach consensus on some issues. Earlier on Friday it was unofficially announced that consensus was reached on topics referring to the fight against terrorism and the fight against the sale of illegal narcotics as well as on measures preventing extremism among the youth, but that the document on the freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and freedom of the media was not adopted.

The summit in Belgrade officially marked the end of Serbia's 18-month chairmanship of the organisation. The new chair is Germany.

The event was attended by 44 foreign ministers and 1,700 delegates from 57 OSCE member states and the main topics were the fight against terrorism, the Ukrainian and migrant crises, climate changes, The Turkey-Russia dispute over the downed Russian military plane and the fight against the sale of illegal narcotics.

The meeting of Russian and Turkish foreign policy chiefs Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu was in the limelight.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Minister Dacic announced a news conference for Saturday.

Last update: Sat, 05/12/2015 - 12:07
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