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Key Issues of the German osce Chairmanship 2016

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Gernot Erler Member of the German Bundestag, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the osceChairmanship 2016 osze-b@zentrale.auswaertiges-amt.de

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Under the motto “Renewing Dialogue, Rebuilding Trust, Restoring Security”, the German osce Chairmanship 2016 will emphasize five priority areas. The primary focus will continue to be crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other so-called protracted conflicts. Second, to this end it is necessary to strengthen the osce’s crisis reaction capacities. Third, the osce must be used as a forum for dialogue on a broad range of issues from arms control, via common transnational threats and other questions of European security, to shared understandings of principles and commitments. Fourth, the economic and environmental dimension should be used more effectively, and business should be given a stronger voice in osce forums. Finally, in the human dimension, Germany will pay special attention to issues closely related to current crises and security developments, such as tolerance and non-discrimination, freedom of expression, freedom of the media, and minority rights.

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