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OSCE head calls for wide-ranging dialogue

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is calling for a high-level and wide-ranging dialogue on the future of security in Europe.

Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, OSCE chairperson-in-office, said Tuesday following a meeting with top OSCE and EU officials that the European security architecture should be built on successes that have been achieved and on existing security institutions, the OSCE reported.

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Bakoyannis called on leaders of both the OSCE and the European Union to engage in a wide-ranging dialogue to find common ground on evolving security situations in the region. She said that despite the extension of the OSCE monitoring operation in Georgia until the end of June, an extended consensus is needed to achieve long-term stability.

"It is unfortunate that the OSCE Mission to Georgia finds itself in a process of discontinuation because of a lack of consensus," Bakoyannis said in a statement.

"In this time of crisis, the mission's work to promote stability in the region is more crucial than ever."

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