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OSCE summit: lack of talent in a perfect shape

2010-12-06 20:51

OSCE summit: lack of talent in a perfect shapeOSCE summit in Astana has failed. Its final declaration is nothing but general phrases. The Kazakhs who took so much pain to technically prepare for the summit could not make its participants find any common points in the disputable issues. Georgia found itself in the center of events; Georgian delegates came to Kazakhstan in hope of winning the main prize: the "conflicts in Georgia" phrase in the final declaration. The outcome of the Astana OSCE summit suggests the idea that the organization will hardly get over its many-year crisis.


In the spacious room of the OSCE Press Center, hundreds of journalists are trying to kill the time: someone is desperately fighting against sleep; others are looking out of the window, thinking of a stroll in the biting frost. Single groups standing in the center of the room are loudly cracking jokes. None of the people knows what's going on behind the closed doors and whether the final declaration is going to be adopted.

One felt uncomfortable yesterday inside the huge, luxurious building of Sultanat Sarajy, which means the presidential palace, where the summit was held. It was clear from the beginning that the meeting was going to fail. The atmosphere was slack. The hall was half empty; the reporters were hardly listened to and the press conference of the Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev scheduled for ten o'clock in the morning was cancelled.

From time to time, the relaxed atmosphere at the press center was interrupted by the sound of the opened and closed doors of the hall, where the politicians were trying hard to adopt the declaration. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dressed in a coat is hurriedly leaving the summit followed by the heads of some of the delegations and common participants. Their faces bear no trace of the pathos of the event that is to define the world's policy for the nearest ten years; the people look weary and irritated.

Sergey Lavrov stated abruptly right at the doors: Russian delegation is not going to sign the declaration. "No one will sign it, even Saakashvili", - having uttered the phrase, the head of the Russian diplomacy started for the airport.

The final document of the OSCE Summit was discussed for ten hours instead of the planned one hour and a half. Ultimately, Nursultan Nazarbayev presented a version that made an oppressive impression, as if it was adopted just to put up a good show.

The USA made an honest appraisal of the declaration. "We cannot agree to the fact that the OSCE Summit held for the first time in 11 years adopted a plan of actions reflecting no serious contemporary security problems, that is, the long-lasting conflicts in Georgia, Moldavia, Nagorny Karabakh. As long as we failed to come to an agreement, we decided that the best way would be to adopt the Astana declaration confirming OSCE's basic principles", - Washington representative stated.

In other words, according to US, the summit has achieved only one goal: it reminded the whole world of the point of OSCE's existence. The final document is so much formal that the officials seem to be ashamed for it. Up to recently, the text has been published neither by the summit website, nor by the organization's website.

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