Promote reconciliation

Creating a more stable peace may involve OSCE efforts to promote reconciliation that goes beyond a formal settlement of the dispute and moves the parties towards a deeper resolution of their differences.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, speaking at an OSCE event on reconciliation after conflict, Vienna, 18 December 2012. (OSCE/Jonathan Perfect)

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, speaking at an OSCE event on reconciliation after conflict, Vienna, 18 December 2012. (OSCE/Jonathan Perfect)

Most recently, the OSCE hosted a December 2012 event in Vienna on best practices in and challenges to reconciliation practices, drawing from past and present experiences.

Example
The OSCE Mission in Kosovo supported a cross-border Balkan youth camp to encourage young people’s involvement in the reconciliation process, 8 August 2003. (OSCE)

The OSCE Mission in Kosovo supported a cross-border Balkan youth camp to encourage young people’s involvement in the reconciliation process, 8 August 2003. (OSCE)

The OSCE Mission in Kosovo’s Youth Reconciliation Initiative summer camp in Ohrid is a reconciliation effort that it helped organize for youth in the post-conflict societies of the Balkans. The camp focused on building relationships to decrease tension and promote tolerance and ethnic diversity between communities. The nine-day camp included courses in conflict management and analysis, intercultural and religious diversity, team-building and communication skills. The camp in Ohrid has been followed by other youth camps throughout the region, a documentary film, and a regular newsletter for participants.