MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is ready to provide the Middle Eastern states with its expertise in conflict resolution to settle the Syrian crisis but cannot get directly involved due to lack of a territorial mandate, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said Wednesday.
"My reaction would be one of caution because the OSCE is a regional organization. We have a mandate and the mandate goes, as we say, from Vancouver to Vladivostok but it does not cover the Middle East. So I would not involve directly the OSCE. You can think of applying the OSCE methodology in the Middle East but it should be local ownership so it should be the countries in the Middle East using the OSCE principles or OSCE procedures. We can assist them if they are interested but not as directly playing a role because it is not our mandate," Zannier said.
Russia is a mediator in the Syrian settlement process alongside several other states. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the chief guarantors of the latest Syrian ceasefire and support the Geneva peace talks.