Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
September 24, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Co-Chairmen of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), will hold a briefing entitled, “East or West? The future of Democracy in Moldova” on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. in room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building. The briefing will examine the state of democracy in the Republic of Moldova as it prepares for elections next year. The discussion comes in the wake of Russia’s recent armed intervention in Georgia, and its warning to Moldova not to use force to seize back control of the breakaway region of Transdniestria – a “frozen conflict” territory of the former Soviet Union.


The Honorable Nicolae Chirtoaca, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States

Mr. Vlad Lupan, Soros Foundation-Moldova, European Initiatives Program

Dr. William Hill, National Defense College, former Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova

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.