Ireland to push for internet freedom in 2012

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Eamon Gilmore

Ireland says it intends to prioritise internet freedom as the new Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or OSCE.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on Thursday, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister said the threat to freedom of expression online is ever-present and growing.

Mr. Eamon Gilmore said his country will also draw on its own experience to address protracted conflicts in the region.

"As chairperson in office I will seek ways in which progress can be made towards lasting settlements of a number of conflicts which persist in the OSCE area. Among these conflicts are the conflicts in Moldova regarding the territory of Transdniestra; in Georgia regarding territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I have appointed two Special Representatives to assist me in addressing these complex conflicts."

 OSCE is the world's largest regional organization under the UN Charter.

It has 56 member states and covers a population of over one billion.

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