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Thu, 03 Jul, 2014 01:06:39 AM
FTimes-STT Report, July 3
File picture of Ilkka Kanerva. Photo Lehtikuva.
Finnish lawmaker Ilkka Kanerva was on Wednesday elected the president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) during the OSCE annual conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Kanerva defeated the sitting president, Ranko Krivokapic, by 116 votes to 96.
“It is my wish and personal ambition to recall the spirit of Helsinki,” said Kanerva in a statement, referring to the OSCE’s founding document, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.
Kanerva has previously served as the vice president of the OCSE.
The new president’s term in office lasts for one year with the possibility of running for re-election for another term.
Kanerva has been a member of the Finnish delegation to the OCSE in 2003-2007 and its chair since 2008.
Pia Kauma, a Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party) lawmaker meanwhile has been elected the rapporteur of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security during the OSCE conference.
The OSCE constellation consists of 57 member states. The USA and Canada are also its members.
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