Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto fears the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) could collapse before his country takes over the presidency in 2025.
He stated this on May 28, Yle reports.
As noted by the mass media, the OSCE is facing a crisis within the next six months. The reason is that the aggressor country Russia and Belarus refuse to approve Estonia as the chairman of the OSCE in 2024, Estonia in turn does not agree to withdraw its candidacy. According to the rules of the organization, the chairman must be approved by all 57 member countries.
According to Haavisto, if "there is no chairman in 2024 and there is no consensus on this issue, then next year will be the year of the destruction of the OSCE as an organization."
It should be noted that the OSCE was founded in 1994 at the Budapest Summit, the organization "grew" from the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), whose activities began in the 1970s, the website says
The OSCE brings together 57 member states from North America, Europe and Asia and is the world's largest regional security organization, according to its website. The organization is a forum for political dialogue on security issues and deals with issues affecting the security of the region, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratization, media freedom and national minorities.
The chairman of the OSCE changes annually, in 2023 North Macedonia will be the chairman.