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Old 10-09-2014, 09:10 PM   #302
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Knut Vollebaek (right), member of the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons, hands over the Panel's report on strengthening the effectiveness of the OSCE to Chairman-in-Office Dimitrij Rupel, Ljubljana, 27 June 2005.. The 32-page report, entitled Common Purpose: Towards a More Effective OSCE, contains a number of recommendations designed to revitalize the Organization and strengthen its long-term effectiveness.

"The old dividing lines of the Cold war no longer exist.. As a consequence, the role of the OSCE, like other security organizations, is being adapted to this new security paradigm," notes the report...

The Organization has its roots in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE).. Talks had been mooted about a European security grouping since the 1950s but the Cold War prevented any substantial progress until the talks at Dipoli in Espoo began in November 1972. These talks were held at the suggestion of the Soviet Union which wished to use the talks to maintain its control over the communist countries in Eastern Europe, and President of Finland Urho Kekkonen hosted them in order to bolster his policy of neutrality. Western Europe, however, saw these talks as a way to reduce the tension in the region, furthering economic cooperation and obtaining humanitarian improvements for the populations of the Communist bloc..

The members of the Panel were Nikolay Afanasievsky (Russian Federation), Hans van den Broek (Netherlands), Wilhelm Hoeynck (Federal Republic of Germany), Kuanysh Sultanov (Republic of Kazakhstan), Knut Vollebaek (Norway), Richard S Williamson (United States) and Miomir Zuzul (Republic of Croatia). Vladimir Shustov replaced the late Nikolay Afanasievsky for the last meeting...
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