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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) named Switerland's Thomas Greminger as secretary-general after coming under intense criticism for being unable to end the weeks-long deadlock that paralyzed the nominating process.
After Italy's Lamberto Zannier ended his term in June, the organization's members have bitterly disputed the appointments of heads of key departments, including the high commissioner on national minorities, the representative on freedom of the media and the director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The US and several European members have pushed for a so-called "package deal" that would nominate and confirm the candidates as a group in order to avoid bitter, drawn out debates over each individual post.
Russia, however, strongly opposed the plan as the nominations included only representatives from the West.
Greminger, a peacekeeping specialist, was instrumental in helping to creat a special monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region following the outbreak of war in the wake of Russia's April 2014 invasion. Greminger later called the experience, "One of the most difficult tasks that I had to face in my career."
With his secretary-general mandate now at an end, Zannier will now become as the high commissioner on national minorities and be joined by France's Harlem Désir as the representative on freedom of the media and Iceland's Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir as the director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.