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Ireland to draw on experience to promote conflict resolution, digital media freedom in 2012 as new OSCE Chair
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 509 days ago | Sunday, 1st January , 2012 , 19:48 [pm] | Azerbaijan
|.|| The Deputy Prime Minister pledged to build on the results achieved by Lithuaniaâ€™s 2011 OSCE Chairmanship and the decisions taken at the Vilnius Ministerial Council in December, notably in the area of conflict prevention.
â€œI particularly wish to congratulate
Irelandâ€™s 2012 Chair of the OSCE will seek to address protracted conflicts, promote Internet freedom and strengthen co-operation between the 56 OSCE participating States, said the new Chairperson-in-Office, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, today, APA reports referring official website of OSCE.
â€œThe world is facing unprecedented security challenges, and the multilateral co-operation made possible by the OSCE is needed now more than ever. Ireland is committed to upholding core OSCE values and promoting peace, security and respect for human rights and rule of law in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.â€
The Deputy Prime Minister pledged to build on the results achieved by Lithuaniaâ€™s 2011 OSCE Chairmanship and the decisions taken at the Vilnius Ministerial Council in December, notably in the area of conflict prevention.
â€œI particularly wish to congratulate Lithuania on the successful resumption of official 5+2 talks in the Transdniestrian settlement process. Ireland will seek to build on this momentum through supporting existing processes, including the Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Geneva Discussions dealing with the August 2008 conflict in Georgia. We will draw on our own experience of conflict resolution in the context of the Northern Ireland peace process to advance these processes and facilitate engagement by all parties.â€œ
Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore also welcomed decisions taken in Vilnius to strengthen the OSCEâ€™s ability to deal with conflicts, address transnational threats and enhance engagement with OSCE Partners for Co-operation, including Afghanistan.
Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in the digital age will also be key priorities of Irelandâ€™s Chairmanship, he added.
â€œThe potential of the Internet to inform and empower people is clearer than ever. It is unfortunately also clear that the threat to freedom of expression online is growing. As an Internet capital of Europe, Ireland is strongly committed to safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms in the digital age, and our OSCE Chairmanship will draw attention to this important issue.â€
The Deputy Prime Minister will present Irelandâ€™s plans and priorities for its OSCE Chairmanship to the Permanent Council in Vienna on 12 January., Voice of a Nation