Foreign Minister Martynov to suggest reforming methods of OSCE election observers at ministerial forum 16:31, 02/12/2004
Belarus’ Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov is expected to attend a December 6-7 meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Sofia. The Belarusian official will use the occasion to call for changing methods and practices employed by observers of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in monitoring elections, Ruslan Yesin, spokesman for the Belarusian foreign ministry, told reporters on Thursday.
In addition, Mr. Martynov will reportedly outline Belarus’ stance on reforming the OSCE and suggest making the activities of OSCE missions more transparent.
The agenda of the forum includes, among other issues, the effort to prevent and combat terrorism, a concept on security and border management, and ways of fighting all forms of intolerance and discrimination, according to the spokesman.
In addition, Belarus has been reportedly pushing for a discussion on a draft OSCE resolution on corruption, which could become the organization’s contribution to the global anti-corruption drive spearheaded by the United Nations.