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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2011


WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced today the following briefing:

Mongolia Moves Toward Europe

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2:00 p.m.

210 Cannon House Office Building

The Government of Mongolia has announced its intention to seek status as a participating State in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Mongolia has been an Asian Partner for Cooperation with the OSCE since 2004, and has expanded its cooperation with the European Union. Mongolia has also made particular strides in improving rule of law and democracy in its own country, and has stated its intention to abide by OSCE norms. At this briefing, the panelists will address what Mongolia’s bid to join Europe’s largest security organization could mean for both Mongolia and the OSCE. 


His Excellency Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, Ambassador of Mongolia

Dr. Terrence Hopmann, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Mr. John Tkacik, President, China Business Intelligence


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 56 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.


Media Contact: Shelly Han
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