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Canadian OSCE Parliamentary Association (2013)
In October 2013, Senator Massicotte took part in the Parliamentary Assembly for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which took place in Budva, Montenegro. The organization is a primary instrument for early warning, conflict prevention and crisis management. It is also recognized as a regional arrangement under chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter, which requires that participating UN Member States "make every effort to achieve pacific settlement of local disputes through such regional arrangements or by such regional agencies before referring them to the Security Council." However, the OSCE is not an international organization in the strict sense of international law and its resolutions are not legally binding on the signatory countries.