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President names OSCE priorities

  • 2011-04-14
  • TBT Staff

Grybauskaite met with OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and announced Lithuania's priority list for the organization. (Photo: president.lt)

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Dalis Grybauskaite has revealed the country's priorities list while it holds the chairmanship of the OSCE Permanent Council.

The country's priorities will focus on resolving protracted conflicts, particularly those in Moldova and the South Caucasus.

"I believe that the future of this Organization as a whole will depend on whether we manage to finally resolve protracted conflicts, or they will continue to drive us apart. Key to success lies in the courage of leaders to sit down, talk openly and address the problems,"Grybauskaite said in a press release.

Other priorities include nuclear safety - an issue particularly topical for Lithuania, which is in the process of constructing a new nuclear power plant to replace the one at Ignalina which was shut down last year.

The president also discussed human rights, media freedoms and the safety of journalists, democratic elections, the fight against terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and drug trafficking, energy security and cyber safety.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, human rights,freedom of the press and fair elections.