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The OSCE should be "moderately" involved in events similar to those in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
The OSCE should be "moderately" involved in events similar to those in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman said in a RIA Novosti interview. Alexander Yakovenko said the Russian and Slovenian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Dimitrij Rupel, the latter of whom is also the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's chairman, would discuss this issue in Moscow on Wednesday. "The meeting will focus on coordinating positions on the state of affairs in the OSCE and ways to reform it, which is essential for the future of the organization," he said. "Today, virtually no one denies that the OSCE needs to be reformed," the spokesman continued. "The ways and terms of this reform are under discussion." "The geographical and functional balance between the three aspects of the OSCE's work (military-political, economic and humanitarian) should be restored," Yakovenko said. "In our opinion, the upsetting of this balance is the main OSCE problem today." He also said that the human rights problem within the organization was over exaggerated. The OSCE field missions whose work "is often limited to political monitoring," also need serious reforms, Yakovenko added. "Practical projects implemented at the request of host states should be a priority," the diplomat said. "The procedure of appointing mission heads needs particular attention." He said that Russia had called on its partners to improve the OSCE activities in the election sphere and establish common criteria for international observers wherever they work.
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