Minister Cannon to Attend OSCE Meeting in Kazakhstan

(No. 223 – July 15, 2010 – Noon ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will attend the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to be held from July 16 to 17, 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“I look forward to attending the Almaty ministerial meeting,” said Minister Cannon. “Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to chair the OSCE.

“Canada’s involvement in the OSCE is part of our multifaceted global engagement. We particularly appreciate its broad security focus, which looks not only at hard security issues but also at human rights, democracy and the rule of law.”

The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. It has a substantial presence in the field and works on issues such as disarmament, arms control, human rights and fair elections.

More than 40 ministers from the 56 states that participate in the OSCE are confirmed to attend the Almaty meeting.

The meeting will be chaired by Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister, Kanat Saudabayev, who is the current OSCE chairperson-in-office. Ministers will assess progress in the Corfu Process, which aims to develop and improve European security, and discuss a proposed 2010 OSCE summit.

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