by Martha Gberevbie
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in the RDS,Dublin on Thursday 6th December.
In her ‘swan song’, she expressed concern for the future of the OSCE “I see a growing concern for the future of this organization and the values it has always championed.”
She added “The United States remains committed to the goal of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace and to the OSCE whose principles are sound.”
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore hosted the two-day event because Ireland has the 2012 chairmanship of the OSCE.
Foreign ministers from 50 countries were in attendance. They discussed fighting corruption, media freedom, human rights and drug trafficking.
Mrs Clinton also met with the Taoiseach and the President, before she arrived at Dublin City University(DCU) to deliver a human rights speech. “You have all the tools you need; your voice, your vote, your intellect and education, your compassion and conscience”, she said. She praised the young people of Ireland for their “talent, energy and optimism”.