Martin to chair international security body
Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin will arrive in Vienna today to launch Ireland's chairmanship of an international assembly on security.
For the next four months Mr Martin will head the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), which discuss aspects of security in 56 countries across Europe, Central Asia and Northern America.
Arms control and confidence and security-building measures are top of the agenda.
The Minister will later address the forum on the theme of disarmament, highlighting Ireland's achievement in brokering an international agreement prohibiting the use of cluster munitions.
Mr Martin will also talk on the challenges faced by members including terrorism, trafficking, climate change and dealing with remnants of war.
"We will only address these challenges if we work together in cooperation and across all dimensions," added Mr Martin.
While in Vienna, the minister will also meet with the Austrian Foreign Minister, Michael Spindelegger, and with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano.
The discussions will cover a range of topics including developments in the Middle East, UN reform and EU affairs.
The FSC is a subsidiary body of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), an intergovernmental regional security organisation.
Ireland will take over the chairmanship of the entire organisation in 2012 when Mr Martin's responsibilities will include co-ordinating the work of the OSCE institutions and supervising activities relating to conflict prevention, post-conflict rehabilitation and providing leadership when crises arise.