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OSCE Greek Chairmanship Gears Up for Interesting Times

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Strengthening the role of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in early warning, prevention and management of conflicts and crises will be a prime pursuit of the OSCE Greek Chairmanship, said Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis in an interview with the organisation’s magazine. Although the events in Georgia in the summer of 2008 had “shattered longstanding perceptions regarding security in the region”, Bakoyannis stresses that the crisis could serve as a springboard for a broader discussion of new and comprehensive security architecture in Europe, with the OSCE providing “a pretty good table” for this discussion. OSCE Magazine, December 2008: Interview with the incoming Chairperson-in-Office, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece @ OSCEFM Bakoyannis’ statement in acceptance of the Greek Chairmanship of the OSCE for 2009; Bakoyannis’ opening speech at the Ambassadors’ Forum (13.11.2008): “OSCE – The 2009 Greek Chairmanship-in-Office: Challenges and Priorities”