VIENNA: Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), invited the OSCE’s newly appointed leading representatives to the Foreign Ministry for first talks. He received the new OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger from Switzerland; the new Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir from Iceland; the new High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) Lamberto Zannier from Italy; and the new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir from France.
Following long-running negotiations, a political breakthrough was reached at the OSCE Informal Ministerial Meeting in Mauerbach under Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the four executive roles at the OSCE were occupied. The 57 OSCE participating States then agreed upon the appointments by consensus in the Permanent Council. Following the expiration of a five-day objection period on Tuesday, 18 July, at midday, the appointments took effect.
Sebastian Kurz assured the OSCE’s newly appointed leading representatives of the full support of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship in carrying out their individual remits and was briefed on the next steps and focal points of each remit.
The OSCE Secretary General and the heads of the institutions then participated in their first Permanent Council meeting since their appointment and officially introduced themselves to the ambassadors and representatives of the participating States.