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Concluding two days of meetings with senior United Nations officials today, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli (MP, Georgia), underlined the importance of continued close co-operation among international actors particularly related to resolving protracted conflicts.

President Tsereteli and OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella held a series of meetings including with the President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak; Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov, UN Counter-Terrorism Office; Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenca; and Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, among others.

The meetings in New York served particularly as an opportunity to explore areas for further co-operation in priority fields of work. Of particular focus in the meetings were issues related to the crisis in and around Ukraine, unresolved conflicts in the South Caucasus, developments in Central Asia and South East Europe, as well as humanitarian concerns, migration and terrorism, with President Tsereteli highlighting the work being done within these fields by OSCE parliamentarians.

Parliamentary engagement and leadership is critical for successfully addressing almost all major international challenges, whether related to climate change, to combating terrorism, or to safeguarding fundamental freedoms, said Tsereteli.

In meeting with Under-Secretary-General Voronkov, President Tsereteli encouraged close co-operation between the new UN Counter-Terrorism Office and the OSCE PA’s recently established committee on countering terrorism. In November 2017 the PA’s committee members held high-level discussions in Vienna with officials from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Meeting with officials at UN Women, the President particularly highlighted the OSCE PA’s efforts in the field of promoting gender equality and encouraging women to assume positions of power and political leadership, led by the Assembly’s Special Representative on Gender Issues, Dr. Hedy Fry (MP, Canada). President Tsereteli encouraged further enhancing co-operation between UN Women and the OSCE PA including related to the role of women in conflict resolution.

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