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OSCE Parliamentarians Meet In Washington

1 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Parliamentarians from the 55-member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, start five days of talks in Washington today.

Chairman Dimitrij Rupel, who is also Slovenia's foreign minister, is scheduled to address the 14th annual opening session, expected to be attended by some 300 representatives from North America, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Discussions are expected to focus on piracy, human and arms trafficking, and combating terrorism. The situations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and Moldova are also on the agenda.

At today's session, Ukraine's Television Channel Five is due to be awarded the 10th OSCE Prize for Journalism and Democracy.

The OSCE, based in Vienna, was founded in 1995. Its predecessor, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, was created in 1973 to provide a forum for Cold War opponents to communicate.


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