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SERBIAN CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE OSCE 2015

Final address by His Excellency Mr. Ivica Dačić, former Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting - Belgrade, 04 December 2015

Dear visitors,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations in Vienna.

Our task is to present and promote the interests of the Republic of Serbia in the OSCE and other international organizations including the United Nations Office in Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UNIDO, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and other.

After a successful Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2015 we will continue with our active participation in the Organization.

On this website, you will be able to find important information regarding our activities.

On our part, we will be ready to answer all the questions concerning our work in Vienna.

Thank you for your kind interest.

Ambassador

Roksanda Ninčić

Head of the Permanent Mission and

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia

 

Photographic presentation of Serbia, author Dragoljub Zamurović

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Role of Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control in building confidence in Western Balkans

 

The achievements of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control were discussed in the meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation on 25 October 2017 in Vienna. The Agreement has served as a framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia to engage with each other to promote peace and stability in the region.

 

Branimir Filipović, Assistant Minister for Security Policy in Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that the Agreement is “a strong contributing factor in the context of the consolidation of reconciliation, security and stability in the region”. He also added that it represents “a successful model of post-conflict rehabilitation, prominent as one applicable to other regions in conflict resolution, on condition that the parties involved in a particular process show readiness to engage in its implementation”.

 

Filipović said that achievements under the arms control regime are due, first of all, to the political will of the Parties to reach the goals defined in the Agreement. He also highlighted the significant role played by the OSCE and the support provided by the Contact Group countries, the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. These countries, which share the status of verifier, continue to monitor the Agreement’s implementation.

 

The framework for negotiating the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control, signed in 1996, was provided by the Article IV, Annex 1-B of the Dayton Peace Accord. Hence it is also known as the Article IV Agreement. The Agreement’s core terms consist in the consent to limit arms for five categories of armaments including tanks, artillery guns (exceeding 75 mm calibre), armoured vehicles, fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.


Contribution of security forces to dealing with large migration flows discussed in the joint Session of Forum for Security Co-operation and Permanent Council

 

VIENNA, 18 October 2017 – The role of security forces in supporting national governments in managing migration crises was the focus of the today’s debate in the Forum for Security Co-operation under the Serbian Chairmanship in Vienna.

 

Speakers stressed the importance of consolidating efforts of security forces to regulate migration, particularly with a view to countering transnational threats such as human trafficking along migration routes. They also noted that migration flows, when not managed in a human rights-compliant, comprehensive and co-ordinated way, have the potential to undermine co-operation, stability, and security.

 

Vladimir Rebić, Serbia’s General Police Director, noted that the response to managing migration flows should be “strong, at national, regional, European and international levels, through mutual assistance and co-operation.” Referring to Serbia’s response, he mentioned the formation of joint forces of the police and the army to protect the country’s borders.

 

 

Rebić said that another issue the Serbian government had to address was “the need to meet the needs of a large number of refugees and migrants in an efficient and humane way”.

 

The Serbian government developed in 2015 an action plan in response to an increased influx of refugees and migrants identifying relevant institutions and organizations, specific tasks, measures and activities to be undertaken, as well as providing necessary resources to address the issue.

 


Democratic control of security forces and role of Parliament

 

Parliamentary oversight of security forces and ways of dealing with challenges in its implementation were the focus of the session of the Forum for Security Co-operation held under Serbia’s Chairmanship on 27 September 2017 in Vienna.

Marija Obradović, the head of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Serbia’s parlaiment, noted that the process of implementating democratic control requires time and effort.

In Serbia, responsibility for the oversight of the army and the police lies with the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee, whereas parliamentary control of security forces is assigned to the Security Services Control Committee, both established in 2012. Two recently introduced practices have strengthened the Serbian parliament’s oversight, Obradović explained: regular briefings of the Committees by the ministries and the holding of public hearings.

 

 

„Over the past four years we managed to establish the practice of regular attendance of interior and defence ministers before the Committees, Obradović noted, adding that their appearances before the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee are live streamed on the parliament’s public website.

However, she stressed, the situation is different with the Security Services Control Committee the sessions of which are closed to the public.

“The real challenge is to establish a balance between the need to make the work of the parliamentary committees transparent and the need to protect classified data, which is sensitive for national security reasons,” Obradović said.





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