Deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine must end “this week,” Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko has pledged. He was speaking at talks involving an envoy from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting has continued in and around the rebel-held city of Sloviasnk.
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The primary role and function of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is to help Western Balkan countries, including Albania, to deal with important issues relating to peace and security, the fulfillment of standards, law, human rights and electoral reform.
One of the most important components of this organization is the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) which promotes democratic election processes, assists OSCE participating states in the implementation of their human dimension commitments and assists OSCE field missions in their human dimension activities. At the same time, the ODIHR aims to influence dialog and political cooperation, not just during elections but after they have been concluded.
Many discussions have been raised regarding the impact and importance of ODIHR recommendations. In the Balkan countries these recommendations are considered very important because they guide and define the future steps of the countries and influence positive political cooperation. ODIHR’ recommendations have an important role in the international arena as well, because they are taken into consideration by other officials who closely follow developments in the Balkans.