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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Roger F. Wicker, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
February 25, 2016

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO TESTIFY AT HELSINKI COMMISSION HEARING

Priorities for German OSCE Chairmanship Include Resolving Ukraine Crisis, Addressing Frozen Conflicts


WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

Germany’s Chairmanship of the OSCE: Priorities and Challenges

March 1, 2016
2: 00 PM
Cannon House Office Building
Room 334

Live Webcast: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission

Germany’s 2016 Chairmanship-in-Office of the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – the world’s largest regional security body – comes at a turbulent time.  Russia’s aggression against Ukraine continues to have serious ramifications on pan-European security; the refugee crisis has exposed cracks in the European approach to migration; and some question the OSCE’s relevance and role in twenty-first century Europe. 

Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will discuss Germany’s plans to “renew dialogue, rebuild trust, and restore security” as it assumes the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, including resolving the conflict in Ukraine; supporting negotiations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Transdniestra, and Georgia; renewing discussions on key European security agreements; counterterrorism and cybersecurity; and strengthening OSCE capacities.

Media Contact: Paul Massaro
202.225.1901
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