Washington, D.C., March 17, 2015 – The Woodrow Wilson Center organized the OSCE Security Days Conference, first held outside of Vienna. It brought together foreign ministers, ambassadors and prominent leaders to discuss current challenges in the Euro-Atlantic security. The Conference was composed of four panels discussing topics of Ukraine and Euro-Atlantic Security, Afghanistan and Central Asia, Preventing Radicalization that leads to Terrorism and Strategies for Future. Prominent participants included OSCE Secretary General Amb. Lamberto Zannier, Amb. Dejan Sahovic, Head of Serbian Chairmanship Task Force, Deputy Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, Ambassadors of the Russian Federation and Ukraine to US, Permanent Representative of Germany to the OSCE.
In his remarks Ambassador Dejan Sahovic, Head of the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship Task Force, laid out priorities of the Serbian Chairmanship in 2015 and highlighted the added value of the joint Swiss-Serbian cooperation that provided continuity and institutional stability. He stressed that Serbia will build upon the cooperative and inclusive nature of the OSCE that recently brought about the joint decision of 57 member states on a new 12 month mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission for Ukraine and resources for its operations. Regarding the upcoming activities of the Serbia OSCE Chairmanship he informed about the Panel of Eminent Persons, “Helsinki Plus 40“ Process and the Ministerial Meeting to be held in Belgrade later in December of this year.