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    UNIS/DSG/15
     7 October 1999
    UN Deputy Secretary-General Reviews Cooperation in
     Conflict Prevention and Resolution with OSCE Officials

     

    VIENNA, 7 October (UN Information Service) — Reviewing joint efforts and enhancing future cooperation in conflict prevention and resolution was the main theme of discussion held here today by visiting United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette with Kai Eide, the Chairman of the Permanent Council of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Jan Kubis, the Secretary-General of OSCE. Ms. Frechette also addressed the Permanent Council of OSCE.

     The United Nations and the OSCE have a track record of cooperation in joint crisis prevention, peacekeeping and long-term peace building. The two organizations have established field level cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania and the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Georgia and Tajikistan. The OSCE is the only regional organization with which the United Nations in 1993 concluded a Framework Agreement for Cooperation and Coordination.

     In their discussions, the Deputy Secretary-General and OSCE officials focused special attention on the tasks ahead in peace building  in Kosovo. One of the four pillars of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the pillar responsible for institution-building, is led by the OSCE. This pillar encompasses such areas of activity as the training of judges, police and local administrators; human rights monitoring; and developing institutions that are to solidify democratization and good governance. It is in this context that the two organizations reviewed the current security situation in Kosovo, issues linked to demilitarization, establishment of an independent media and preparations for local elections.

     The Deputy Secretary-General arrived in Vienna on 6 October to open the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty taking place in Vienna from 6 to 8 October. On 9 October she will take part in the high-level panel meeting held in Vienna commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre. The meeting, hosted by the United Nations in Vienna will focus on the theme of human security in the 21 century. Following the high-level panel discussion, she will open an exhibition documenting the activities of the United Nations organizations in Vienna over the past two decades.
     

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