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Chairman Smith and Serbian Foreign Minister Support OSCE Role in Promoting Peace in Ukraine

On February 25, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, held a hearing at which Ivica Dacic, the Foreign Minister of Serbia and Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), testified as to his plans for Serbia’s 2015 leadership of the OSCE. The chief issue facing the organization is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian needs of the people of eastern Ukraine, including the OSCE’s role in monitoring the Minsk cease-fire agreement. Both Russia and Ukraine are among the 57 member states of the OSCE, the world’s largest regional security organization.

Opening the hearing, Chairman Smith said that Foreign Minister Dacic’s leadership of the OSCE, “comes at a moment of tragedy, of tremendous human suffering.” Smith emphasized that, “One OSCE member – the Russian government – is tearing the heart out of a neighboring member, Ukraine.” “Understanding that the OSCE is a consensus organization – meaning that the Russian government has an effective veto over many significant actions – we believe that the OSCE is still able and responsible to speak the truth about the conflict, to find ways to limit it, and to help the people of Ukraine,” he said.

Foreign Minister Dacic emphasized that, “the Serbian Chairmanship will make every effort to help restore peace in Ukraine.” In its role as Chairman of the OSCE, Dacic said, “Serbia brings to the table good relations with all the key stakeholders, and we are making every effort to serve as an honest broker and use our leadership role to utilize the OSCE toolbox impartially and transparently.”

Foreign Minister Dacic also discussed the fight against human trafficking and anti-Semitism with Chairman Smith.  Other members of the Helsinki Commission participating in the hearing included Senator Ben Cardin, Congressmen Joe Pitts, Alcee Hastings, and Steve Cohen.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (c), who serves as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 2015, meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (l) and Helsinki Commission Chairman Chris Smith (r) immediately after Wednesday’s hearing. (Feb. 2015)

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (c), who serves as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 2015, meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (l) and Helsinki Commission Chairman Chris Smith (r) immediately after Wednesday’s hearing.


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