Switzerland takes over Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe helm
VIENNA (AFP) - Switzerland on Wednesday assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), naming the Western Balkans and South Caucasus as its priorities.
During its year at the helm of the 57-member body, Switzerland vowed to make a "tangible contribution to fostering security and stability, improving people's lives and strengthening the OSCE's capacity to act".
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said he had appointed special representatives for each of its two priority regions.
"In the Western Balkans, we wish to make reconciliation and regional co-operation a topic of discussion," he said in a statement.