Georgian FM: Astana summit shows OSCE is in crisis

The Foreign Ministry of Georgia considers that the adoption of only declaration at the summit of such level as the OSCE summit in Astana indicates that the organization is in crisis and under the existing system of decision-making it is impossible to solve major problems.

“The consultations conducted within the summit once again showed that it is necessary to adopt such an action plan that will identify the problem, identify ways to resolve conflicts and force OSCE member states undertake obligation to comply with the fundamental principles of the OSCE, such as the inviolability of territorial integrity and borders,” said the statement by the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry announced readiness to further continue cooperation in the OSCE format on all important matters.

OSCE summit was held on Dec. 1-2 in the Kazakh capital after the 11-year hiatus. The last time the heads of state and government of the OSCE met in 1999 in Istanbul. Given that the OSCE is an advisory body, the only way to discuss the urgent issues is top conduct such summits.

After more than eight-hour discussions, the participants nevertheless agreed upon the final declaration of the summit, which, however, left dissatisfied the representatives of many member countries. Participants could not agree upon an action plan for future activities of the OSCE regarding protracted conflicts in the former Soviet Union area.

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