The faces behind the OSCE and Hillary

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by Martha Gberevbie

OSCE 2012 meeting.Photo:Martha Gberevbie
OSCE 2012 meeting.Photo:Martha Gberevbie
OSCE Ministers mid-meeting.Photo:Martha Gberevbie
OSCE Ministers mid-meeting.Photo: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.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.Photo:Martha Gberevbie
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.Photo:Martha Gberevbie

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.

Eamon Gilmore and colleagues. Photo:Martha Gberevbie
Eamon Gilmore and colleagues. Photo:Martha Gberevbie
Eamon Gilmore agreed to the Civic Solidarity Pact. photo:Martha Gberevbie
Eamon Gilmore agreed to the Civic Solidarity Pact. photo:Martha Gberevbie

Foreign ministers from 50 countries were in attendance.  They discussed fighting corruption, media freedom, human rights and drug trafficking.

United Nations and NATO Commissioners greet each other. Photo:Martha Gberevbie
United Nations and NATO Commissioners greet each other. Photo:Martha Gberevbie

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”.

Mrs Clinton at DCU.Photo:Martha Gberevbie
Mrs Clinton at DCU.Photo:Martha Gberevbie

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