Lithuania takes over OSCE chairmanship

VIENNA. January 4. KAZINFORM /Timur Bekturganov/ On January 1, 2011 Lithuania took over the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; Kazinform has learnt from the OSCE press service in Vienna.

The new chairman announced such priorities of its work as fostering democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, promoting energy security in Europe and building upon synergies between regional organizations.

Lithuania also intends to pay special attention to building long-term stability in volatile regions and contribute to addressing protracted conflicts in the OSCE area.

Audronius Ažubalis, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Lithuania expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for the efforts on strengthening the security in Europe and holding the OSCE Summit in Astana, the first top-level meeting of the Organization in 11 years.

On January 13 in Vienna the new Chairperson-in-Office will outline the Lithuanian Chairmanship's priorities to the Permanent Council, a key OSCE decision-making body.

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