Ombudsman delivers keynote address to Conference of the OSCE Mediterranean Partners chaired by Ireland

10 October 2011

The Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Paulyn Marrinan Quinn S.C. delivered the keynote address to the first session of the annual meeting of the OSCE Mediterranean Partners which took place in Budva, Montenegro, on 10-11 October this year. This meeting gathered together representatives from the 56 OSCE participating States together with representatives from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Democratic Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mediterranean Region’. Ireland was chair of the Mediterranean Partners Conference in advance of Ireland taking over the chairmanship of the OSCE in 2012 and Ambassador to the OSCE, His Excellency Eóin O’Leary, chaired meeting in Budva.

The Ombudsman addressed the first session, on the afternoon of 10 October on the theme of ‘The role of the Police and the Armed Forces in democratic Societies’.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is a forum for dialogue and a platform for action among 56 participating States. The OSCE promotes comprehensive security through its work in three security “dimensions”: the Politico-Military, the Economic and Environmental, and the Human Aspects. 

The Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia) participated in and contributed to the Conference. The Asian Partners for Co-operation (Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Thailand) were invited to participate in and contribute to the Conference.

The Consolidated Summary Report of the Conference is available at Summary Report. For further information regarding the Conference, the OSCE and the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation visit OSCE 2011 Mediterranean Conference.