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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

OSCE and Lavrov Eye Reform

The chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe met with senior officials Tuesday to discuss ways of reforming Europe's largest security body, amid Russian accusations that the organization has double standards in monitoring rights and democracy.

OSCE chairman Dimitrij Rupel told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the organization should become more active in military and security. He also said the military doctrines of OSCE member states need to be harmonized. The two ministers also agreed that the military doctrines of OSCE member states need to be harmonized.

"We should pay more attention to the political-military aspects of our cooperation," Rupel said. Lavrov told Rupel that the organization needs to be "reformed, revitalized and rebalanced."

Russia and other Soviet republics have accused the OSCE of double standards, saying it spends too much money on field missions to promote human rights and democratic institutions in certain countries while overlooking others.

OSCE observers were among those who said the 2003 parliamentary elections and presidential election campaign in 2004 fell short of democratic standards. The OSCE also criticized Ukraine's fraudulent presidential vote.

"We have expressed the common opinion that ... not only the OSCE but other organizations, such as the CIS, should conduct election monitoring in this geopolitical area," Lavrov said.