Interpretative Statement on the Ministerial Council Decision on the OSCE Chairmanship in the Year 2024

The United States welcomes the appointment of Malta as Chairperson-in-Office for 2024. (OSCE Photo)

Interpretative Statement on the Ministerial Council Decision on the OSCE Chairmanship in the Year 2024

As delivered by Ambassador Michael R. Carpenter
to the OSCE Ministerial Council, Skopje, North Macedonia
December 1, 2023

In connection with the adoption of the decision on the OSCE Chairpersonship in the year 2024, the United States would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure.

The United States welcomes the appointment of Malta as Chairperson-in-Office for 2024.  We thank Malta for answering the call to lead the OSCE at this critical time.  We have every confidence that Malta will be a principled and capable chair that will ensure the OSCE’s continued effectiveness in the next year. 

We appreciate also Estonia’s willingness to lead the organization and look forward to a future chairpersonship.  

This decision was taken at the very last minute, which should not be the case.  We would like to remind one delegation of its commitment to appoint a chair “as a rule two years before the Chairmanship’s term of office starts.”   

We look forward to supporting Malta in every way we can as it takes up the Chairpersonship.

I request that this statement be attached to the decision and to the journal of the day.

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