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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2007


Plans to Discuss Russian Duma Elections, CFE Treaty, Kosovo’s Status, Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship Bid, and Upcoming Georgian Elections

(Washington, DC) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) will hold a roundtable discussion with journalists on Thursday, November 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos – Press Briefing Room (Madrid, Spain). Hastings plans to discuss, the challenges faced by election observers in the lead up to the Russian Duma Elections, Russia’s suspensions of the CFE Treaty, Kosovo’s status, Kazakhstan’s aspirations to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the upcoming elections in Georgia.

Hastings is travelling on an official CODEL and is participating in the 15th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting taking place in Madrid, Spain. This event is being held at the invitation of the current Chairman-in-Office (CiO) of the OSCE, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The purpose of the meeting is for the Foreign Ministers of the 56 OSCE participating States to have the opportunity to fully review and access the Organization’s activities over the past year as well as offer national viewpoints on issues of security.

For planning purposes, if you are a member of the press and would like to cover this event, please contact Lale Mamaux as soon as possible at 202-279-0442 (mobile) or at (Please note: members of the press must first go to the Press Center and then will be escorted to the Press Briefing Room).

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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