World leaders collectively called for a stronger Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday, as the body's first summit since 1999 got underway. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the 56-member group must first ensure peace and freedom within its borders.
"There's still a lot of work to do. Conflicts in this region must be successfully solved, now," Merkel told delegates in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
Merkel said the organization still had some way to go before becoming a "cooperative security forum on the basis of democracy and freedom."
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