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OSCE critical for future European security

VIENNA, April 30 (UPI) -- Romania's foreign minister Thursday called the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe a critical institution for future security in the region.

In an address to the OSCE Permanent Council, Cristian Diaconescu, Romanian foreign minister, called the OSCE vital for democratization in Europe and a necessary institution for fostering dialogue for regions threatened by ongoing conflict, the OSCE reported.

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Diaconescu said that the OSCE was important for helping Romania transition to a democratic society and that it is critical for the organization to work toward helping end situations in Georgia and Transnistria, Moldova, among other post-Soviet conflict zones to ensure the future of security in Europe.

"The existing institutions and structures have indeed served us well, and our priority should be to seek ways for strengthening them," Diaconescu said in a statement.

"A better use of existing mechanisms at our disposal would have allowed for some recent crises to be avoided."

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