The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

This international forum was established in 1975 as the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). The CSCE constitution had the objective to overcome the division of Europe after the Second World War and to ensure the security through a forum for dialogue and multilateral negotiations between East and West.

Currently, OSCE (www.osce.org) comprises 57 Participating States, which have equal statuses, and the basic rule in the decision-making process is the consensus. The OSCE mandate includes preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and crisis management, consolidation of the human rights respect, democracy and rule of law, and promotion of all aspects of the civil society.

OSCE Mission to Moldova

The OSCE Mission to Moldova was established in conformity with the Decision of the XIX Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) from 4 February 1993 (http://www.osce.org/moldova/) and started to work on 23 April 1993. Ambassador Philip N. Remler (USA) is currently Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova.

The mandate of the Mission consists of the following:

  • Facilitating the establishment of a comprehensive political framework for dialogue and negotiations and assisting the parties to the conflict in pursuing negotiations on a lasting political settlement of the conflict
  • Gathering information on the situation in the region, including the military situation, investigating specific incidents and assessing their political implications.
  • Encouraging the negotiations on an agreement on the status and the withdrawal of foreign troops
  • Providing legal advice and expertise on human and minority rights, repatriation of refugees, democratic transformation of the society, definition of a special status of the transnistrian region
  • Maintaining a visible OSCE presence in the region and establishing contacts with all parties to the conflict.

On 9 December 1999, the scope of the mandate was expanded by Permanent Council Decision No. 329 to include:

  • Ensuring transparency of the removal and destruction of Russian ammunition and armaments
  • Coordinating technical and financial assistance to facilitate such withdrawal and destruction.

Contacts:

Permanent Representative — Ambassador Philip N. Remler Address: Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, str. Mitropolitul Dosoftei, nr.108
Tel.: (+373-22) 22-34-95
Fax: (+373-22) 22-34-96
Site: http://www.osce.org/moldova/