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Tánaiste Nominates OSCE Envoys

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, TD, has announced the appointment of two Special Representatives who will assist him in his functions as Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2012.

Mr Pádraig Murphy, a former senior Irish diplomat whose distinguished career included appointments as Ambassador to Russia, Germany, Spain and Japan, will be a Special Representative for the South Caucasus, dealing in particular with the ongoing conflict in Georgia.

Mr Erwan Fouéré, who retired earlier this year as EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will be a Special Representative for Moldova, dealing with the efforts to resolve a long-standing dispute with the breakaway region of Transnistria.   Mr Fouéré, who joined the European Commission in 1973, was the EU’s Head of Delegation to Mexico, South Africa and Slovenia in the course of his career.

Speaking in Dublin today, the Tánaiste said:  “I am delighted that Ambassador Murphy and Ambassador Fouéré will be joining our small team supporting me as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE. Both men bring a wealth of relevant experience to the tasks I have asked them to undertake and I am confident that they will make an important contribution to our efforts to promote the resolution of these conflicts.”

Note for Editors:

The OSCE is the primary instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in Europe, Central Asia and North America. Comprising fifty-six participating States (including all the members of the EU, the US, Canada and Russia) and twelve partner countries, the OSCE’s approach to security is comprehensive and co-operative.  It deals with a wide range of security issues, including arms control, preventive diplomacy, confidence and security building measures, human rights, election monitoring and economic and environmental security.

It was agreed at the OSCE Ministerial in Athens in December 2009 that Ireland would chair the OSCE in 2012.  The present Chair is held by Lithuania. Ireland has been participating in the OSCE Troika with Lithuania and the previous Chair, Kazakhstan, since January this year.