OSCE: Security challenges need cooperation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said there are several security challenges facing Europe that need joint cooperation.

Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, OSCE chairperson-in-office, addressed the Washington-based Brookings Institution think tank Monday and called for Europe, the United States and Russia to strengthen ties, the OSCE reported.


Bakoyannis, who is in the United States to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials through Friday, said international cooperation is essential for continuing European integration of the Balkans, stabilizing Georgia and helping resolve conflicts over gas transit in Ukraine, among other security challenges.

"In our multipolar world, security depends on more than just power. It depends on building bridges over troubled waters," Bakoyannis said in a statement.

"There are several challenges in Europe. … Few would question the need for joint cooperation in order to enhance and further strengthen security in the wider European region."

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