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Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Chairman
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2002


(Washington) - The United States Helsinki Commission will conduct a hearing to examine the level of cooperation in the war on terrorism among the participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Cooperation in the War on Terrorism: The OSCE Region
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
334 Cannon House Office Building

The hearing will focus on efforts of the OSCE to coordinate counter-terrorism activities among its 55 participating States and the level to which these States are fulfilling their commitments to cooperate in this endeavor. Diplomatic and financial dimensions of the war on terrorism will be examined as well as the critical role which the European Union (EU) plays in efforts to combat terrorism in the OSCE region and worldwide. Witnesses:

  • His Excellency Antonio Martins da Cruz, Portuguese Foreign Minister and Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE
  • His Excellency Javier Ruperez, Ambassador of Spain to the United States
    (Spain currently serves as President of the European Union.)
  • The Honorable Jimmy Gurule, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement
  • Mark F. Wong, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism,U.S. Department of State

This hearing on international cooperative efforts to combat terrorism will take place on the heels of the recent U.S.-EU summit on counter terrorism cooperation held in Washington.

An un-official transcript of this hearing will be available on the Commission’s web site,, within 24 hours.

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Media Contact: Ben Anderson
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