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Lithuania's Block of Serbia for OSCE Withdrawn, PGA Race Heats Up

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, February 9 -- Lithuania's attempt to "break silence" on Serbia's bid to head the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2014 has failed, Inner City Press has been told.

  "Lithuania sent an e-mail trying to break silence," a well placed diplomat told Inner City Press on Thursday night, "but the Irish chair of OSCE refused to consider the e-mail effective and Lithuania withdrew it."

Inner City Press first reported on Lithuania move in the context of Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic stepping into the race to be the next President of the UN General Assembly, against the Lithuania.

  After Inner City Press' exclusive article, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin told Inner City Press Jeremic would "revitalize the General Assembly" and that Lithuania's breaking silence at OSCE was "bad diplomatic practice."

  Apparently Lithuania, or at least the Irish chair of OSCE, subsequently agreed.

A diplomat opposed to Jeremic's PGA candidacy predicted that his party would not retain the same power, and that Jeremic would not remain foreign minister.

  But a supporter said that Jeremic could continue, as an individual, and pointed out that Jeremic's education is "much more Western" than that of the Lithuanian candidate. And so it goes at the UN - watch this site.

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