The first most important OSCE role was to maintain a fragile relation between East and West during the cold war, reminded Anton Caragea in the opening of “Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 2010. A Decisive Act for Europe. Kazakh Presidency”Conference.
OSCE avoided the launch of a nuclear war and kept open a communication line between East and West, when the East was launched into an adventure in Afghanistan and the West launched the Star War programme.
After the downfall of communism in 1989 and after NATO enlargement to the East, many considered that OSCE was meant to disappear, but the world organization proved the needed flexibility to get involved into the fight against terrorism and in organizing peace missions in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina etc., IRICE director also reminded.
“Year 2010 must be a decisive one for OSCE and Europe because the moment has come when, under Kazakhstan presidency, OSCE must launch a diplomatic debate following which a decision on what kind of Europe we want to build will be drawn”, underlined Anton Caragea.
This political, cultural and economic debate has to place OSCE in the center of a reform process based on trust, transparency, tradition and tolerance, as the President of Kazakhstan used to say and to help the countries hit by crisis such as Albania and Macedonia, as well as to contribute to the economic and diplomatic reconstruction in Eastern Europe, said IRICE director quoting the President of OSCE and of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbaev.
The reform programme of OSCE and the current situation of this organization seen from the Romanian and European angles are the main themes debated within OSCE Conference, hosted on Wednesday in Bucharest.
The OSCE reform project is forwarded by the Republic of Kazakhstan, set to take over OSCE presidency in 2010. In this context, the Republic of Kazakhstan proposed the reforming of this organization under the four T: Trust, Tradition, Transparency and Tolerance.
The event is organized by the Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Bucharest and by the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation in order to mark the taking over of 2010 OSCE presidency by the Republic of Kazakhstan.