OSCE meeting seeks accord between US and Russia

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30 November 2007, Madrid - Spanish officials, among them Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos, opened a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Madrid Thursday, hoping to overcome ongoing disputes between the United States and Russia.

30 November 2007

Madrid - Spanish officials, among them Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos, opened a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Madrid Thursday, hoping to overcome ongoing disputes between the United States and Russia.

The OSCE meeting, which is chaired by Spain, the current term president of regional security organization, will focus on a variety of divisive issues, ranging from international election monitoring to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), which Russia has threatened to suspend.

"We would like to end the disagreements," Moratinos told reporters before the conference opened. "We do not want to see a shadow cast across the security of our continent and of the northern hemisphere."

Russia has threatened to suspend the Cold War-era CFE treaty by December 12 unless a new agreement is reached. Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the whole European security architecture embodied by the OSCE could "collapse" unless it is willing to reform.

Moratinos said he hopes progress on those and other issues can be made during the two-day Madrid conference, which is being attended by representatives of 56 countries.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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