Ireland calls for renewal in the OSCE06 December 2013
Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe T.D. today called for the renewal of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), taking account of the changing realities in the region and the work since the previous major renewal in the 1990s.
Speaking in Kiev, at the annual Ministerial Council of the OSCE, Minister Donohoe referred to the current situation in Ukraine and called on all sides to respect the rule of law and resolve their differences peacefully, in accordance with the norms and principles of the OSCE.
The Ministerial Council has adopted a range of decisions in several areas such as improving the situation of Roma and Sinti, respect for freedom of religion and belief, and cyber security.
Minister Donohoe held bilateral meetings with the Secretary General of the OSCE, the heads of all the major OSCE institutions, and a number of Ministers attending the Council. He also met with representatives of Ukrainian and international civil society.
06 December 2013