DUBLIN, 21 November 2012 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, today announced that Mongolia has acceded to the OSCE, becoming the Organization’s 57th participating State.
The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization, working to ensure peace, democracy and stability for more than a billion people in Europe, Asia and North America. The decision to welcome Mongolia into the Organization was taken by consensus. Speaking after confirmation of the decision, the Chairperson-in-Office said:
“On behalf of the entire OSCE family I am delighted to welcome Mongolia as our newest OSCE participating State. Mongolia has been a long-standing Asian Partner for Co-operation of the OSCE. The OSCE is addressing the many transnational security challenges we face across the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region and Mongolia’s desire to join fully in our efforts underlines the importance of our Organization’s work.”
“I look forward to welcoming Mongolia as it takes up its new position at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin on the 6th of December and to deepening our partnership still further.”