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Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the upholding of democratic principles through its activities. (315914)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is in regular contact with his counterparts in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and will, as appropriate, discuss the OSCE's democratisation related activities.

Most recently, he spoke to Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister, Kanat Saudabayev, on 8 January 2010. The Foreign Secretary welcomed Kazakhstan's Chairmanship of the OSCE for 2010. He underlined the importance the UK attaches to the OSCE's work across all three dimensions—politico-military, economic and environmental and the human dimension which includes human rights and good governance. I reiterated these points during my 28 January meeting with Foreign Minister Saudabayev.