On 10 April 2019 in Hofburg, the headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, the last plenary meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) has been held under the Swiss Chairmanship, during which the Chairmanship to the Forum has been assumed by the Republic of Tajikistan. In the closing ceremony the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE Ambassador Claude Wild handed over the attributes of the FCS Chairperson to the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to the OSCE Ambassador Idibek Kalandar.
In his following speech, the Tajik Permanent Representative noting the high level of organization of the Forum and constructive and transparent manner applied by the Swiss Chairmanship, reconfirmed the intention of Tajikistan, as an incoming FSC Chairmanship, to maintain the same approach.
Presenting a preliminary Program of the FSC under the Tajik Chairmanship for the next four months, the Permanent Representative of Tajikistan has expressed the intention to attract the attention of the Forum to the current issues of regional security in Central Asia, as well as the urgency of enhancement of cooperation between the OSCE and the regional organization in Central Asia. In addition, it was noted that the Tajik Chairmanship would maintain the continuity of consideration of the core FSC issues, such as confidence and security-building measures (CSMBs), management of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA), as well as the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1540 and 1325.
The Program of the Tajik Chairmanship includes a Joint FSC-Permanent Council Meeting on Structured Dialogue, during which the Tajik Chairmanship, will draw the attention of the OSCE participating states, inter alia, to the necessity of taking joint measures in countering terrorism and violent extremism in the OSCE area.
The Republic of Tajikistan by decision of the Government for the first time assumes the Chairmanship of the FSC, which is one of the OSCE’s two main regular decision-making bodies, functioning on a regular basis since 1992. The Forum provides a unique platform for the 57 OSCE participating states to discuss topical security challenges on an equal footing.
The Tajik Chairmanship of the FSC will cover a period from May to August 2019. The first plenary meeting under the Tajik Chairmanship will take place in early May 2019 in Hofburg, Vienna.