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Vienna Conference Calls For OSCE Reform

Vienna, 10 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- An international conference in Vienna has agreed that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) needs to change some of its procedures to meet modern conditions.

Yesterday's meeting was organized after warnings from Russia that it would not cooperate with the OSCE unless it reviewed some of its traditional practices.

Russia disagrees with the organization's focus on human rights and election monitoring.

The meeting was convened by the International Helsinki Federation, which invited more than 150 diplomats and political experts.

Reform of the OSCE will also be discussed in Vienna on 12-13 September by senior diplomats from OSCE's 55 member states.

See also: OSCE Begins Talks On Proposed Reforms