Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Neil Simon
May 4, 2010


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) will hold a hearing:

“Mitigating Inter-Ethnic Conflict in the OSCE Region”

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

10:00 a.m.

SVC 208/209, Capitol Visitor Center

With inter-ethnic tensions persisting in parts of the OSCE region, including the Caucasus and the Balkans, the U.S. Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing to examine how multilateral organizations can mitigate conflict. Commissioners will take testimony on efforts that have been employed to address tensions, discuss multilateral initiatives and state responsibilities.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

Heidi Tagliavini, Ambassador and Under Secretary of State of Switzerland, who prepared the European Commission-sponsored report on the Russia-Georgia war

Peter Semneby, European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus

Soren Jessen-Peterson, former United Nations Head of Mission in Kosovo and former EU Special Representative in Macedonia