Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


An independant agency of the United States Government charged with monitoring and encouraging compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other commitments of the 55 countries participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2011


WASHINGTON--U.S Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) today expressed concern about the continued instability in Tunisia and called on all political leaders in the country to move quickly to establish the rule of law and ensure that Tunisians’ civil and human rights are protected.


“We are distressed by the recent violence and urge the country’s leaders to move quickly to create an interim government that is fully representative and transparent, and works to address the needs and hopes of the Tunisian people,”  said Chairman Cardin.


Co-Chairman Hastings, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative for Mediterranean Affairs, said that from the beginning of the Helsinki process, Tunisia has been an important Mediterranean Partner for Cooperation.  “The holding of free, open and fair elections as soon as possible is critical to ensuring that every citizen of Tunisia has a stake in the new government," said Hastings. "The OSCE and its Parliamentary Assembly should offer assistance to Tunisia as it prepares for new national elections."


Media Contact: Neil Simon
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