Lavrov to participate in OSCE ministerial meeting in Dublin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in a meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers in Dublin on Thursday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier that the meeting would be focused on the implementation of the plans announced at the Astana summit for building a common security community on OSCE territory that is free from dividing lines.

"Unfortunately, the accomplishment of this goal has stalled. This is happening because some countries and groups of countries are trying to promote their approaches, disregarding other countries' interests and sometimes their national laws and international obligations," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow expects that this situation could be improved by the Irish chairmanship's idea of launching the Helsinki +40 process aimed at renewing the OSCE and formulating a strategic vision of its work by the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act in 2015.

"Russia views the Helsinki +40 process in the context of the OSCE reform, which should be aimed at correcting a geographical and theme misbalance in its work and turning it into a full-fledged international organization," it said.

Moscow has long insisted on developing an OSCE charter as a legally binding founding document.

In addition, Moscow believes the OSCE's election monitoring procedures call for comprehensive reform.

"This is evident from the record of the monitoring conducted by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in the U.S., Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other countries in 2012. They sent 600 monitors to some countries and several people to others. The ODIHR judged the same facts differently in different countries," the ministry said.

"We call for comparative analysis of the election laws in all OSCE countries and the development of unified election monitoring procedures under the ODIHR auspices, which should be endorsed by the organizations' regulatory bodies. All countries should be monitored on equal terms," it said.

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