We deeply thank the Secretary General of the OSCE, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, for his kind condolence letter, and we may quote: “It was with shock and profound sadness that I learned of today’s terrorist attack … Allow me to offer my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The OSCE joins the international community in standing united in combatting terrorism in all its manifestations.”
Afghanistan has been an OSCE Partner for Co-operation since 2003 and the OSCE has provided essential programmes and projects for stakeholders from Afghanistan ever since. Furthermore, the OSCE has deployed Election Support Teams to all elections that took place in Afghanistan since 2004.
With 57 States from Europe, Central Asia and North America, the OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. It offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. It puts the political will of its participating states into practice through its unique network of field missions. Its comprehensive view of security covers three dimensions: the politico-military, the economic and environmental and the human. Since 2003 Afghanistan became a partner for co-operation to the OSCE. Thus Afghanistan, as one of OSCE’s Asian partners, benefits from shared experience of the OSCE in a number of areas, such as a new security paradigm, conflict prevention, applicability of confidence-building mechanisms, human dimension security and anti-trafficking.