Small Country Solutions

Human-security organizations like the OSCE are driven by the participation of smaller states

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 05/25/2005 12:00 am EDT

Minutes after delivering an address to an audience of diplomats and foreign affairs officials at the Pearson Building on May 18, Dimitrij Rupel, chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), elaborated on the importance of 2005 as a year of anniversaries and remembrance in Europe. "Really what I'm trying to say is this is a time [to look] beyond these anniversaries," he says, ticking off a list that includes the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki agreement that founded the OSCE, and the 15th anniversary of the Charter of Paris. "This is the beginning of the 21st century, and many of the rules and standards that had been developed in these organizations deriving from the end of World War II no longer apply."

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