Minister of State Treacy calls for a Strengthening of the Role of the OSCE
Mr Noel Treacy T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs has called for the strengthening of the role of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stressing the “importance of enhancing our systems, not reducing our standards.”
Addressing the OSCE Ministerial Council in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Minister Treacy outlined the OSCE's particular strengths as a uniquely broad-based forum for political dialogue, in addressing issues such as the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Europe, as well as a vehicle for addressing unresolved disputes.
Minister Treacy called on all participating states to uphold the principles of the organisation, and their commitments as members. He particularly addressed the issue of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan, stating that “silence in the face of human rights abuses on the scale reliably reported to have occurred in Andijan would not just fail the victims; it would seem to signal a measure of understanding, indeed impunity, for the violent repression of unrest.”
Minister Treacy acknowledged the particular Irish contribution made to the work of the OSCE through Ms Anastasia Crickley, as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office on combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination. He also acknowledged the work of Ireland's Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Brendan Moran, in advancing the organisation's work in combating trafficking in human beings.
While in Ljubljana, Minister Treacy took the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with Ministers from Croatia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Cyprus.
5th December 2005