Irish Chairmanship of the OSCE

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
B-318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC
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Hon. Christopher Smith
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Eamon Gilmore
Minister for Foriegn Affairs and Trade, Ireland and Chairperson-in-Office

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Eamon Gilmore and others discussed what had transpired in regards to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) while Ireland was at the helm of the organization. This included priorities set by Gilmore involving Internet freedom. Congressman Smith also praised Gilmore for incorporating his experiences in Ireland into his leadership of the OSCE, such as drawing on Ireland’s experience in Northern Ireland’s peace process in reference to protracted conflicts elsewhere in the OSCE region. The hearing attendees went on to discuss the status of the agenda as it related to ODIHR and human dimension meetings.

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