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Kazakhstan

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the holding of a summit rather than a ministerial meeting at the end of the 2010 Kazakhstan chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; or by when they will make that decision. [HL990]

At the 2009 Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Athens, member states noted Kazakhstan’s proposal for an OSCE summit in 2010. Ministers pointed out that such a high-level meeting would require adequate preparation in terms of substance and modalities.

The OSCE will decide to hold a summit when there is a consensus on what the substance would be. Progress in the OSCE’s discussions on the future of European security, otherwise known as the “Corfu process”, will be an important consideration.