Tajikistan-OSCE Cooperation

08.07.2019 09:10

Tajikistan signed the Helsinki Final Act in February 1992. Tajikistan’s cooperation with the OSCE began in 1994.

During this period of time, very meaningful and multifaceted cooperation has been established between Tajikistan and the OSCE, as well as its institutions. The presence of constant contacts and an intensive exchange of delegations on a regular basis is an evidence of the growing interaction between Tajikistan and the OSCE.

On June 19, 2008 by the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council, the OSCE Centre was renamed to the OSCE Office in Tajikistan.

The OSCE Office in Tajikistan operates according to the Memorandum of Understanding with Tajikistan on the basis of three established dimensions: military-political, economic - environmental and human.

Since 2000 the OSCE observers have been invited to observe the elections in the Republic of Tajikistan.

On June 1, 2017 the OSCE Permanent Council adopted a corresponding Decision #1251 on the status of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan. According to that, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan changed to the OSCE Program Office in Dushanbe, which was supported by all the OSCE participating States.

In the framework of the new format of cooperation - the Partnership Platform between the OSCE and the Republic of Tajikistan, the first meeting with representatives of ministries and departments was held on April 11, 2018 at the OSCE Program Office in Dushanbe. During the meeting the sides proposed conceptual approaches to the development of existing joint programs with a perspective for 2019 and beyond.

From May to August 2019, Tajikistan chaired the OSCE Security Cooperation Forum. On May 8, 2019 in Vienna, Tajikistan presented a program of chairmanship for this Forum.

Currently, the cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan with the OSCE continues in accordance with the priorities of the country in the military-political, economic-environmental and human dimension, in particular in the field of police reform, prevention of corruption, combating terrorism, extremism, prevention of domestic violence, gender inequality, human rights, border issues, humanitarian demining, economics and the environment.

Since 7 March 2022, Ambassador Vuk Žugić  (Serbian citizen) is the acting Head of the OSCE Program Office in Dushanbe.