CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 654 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 654 was introduced on July 16, 2009, by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL).
H.Res. 654 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Honors the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Israel, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Tunisian Republic for their participation in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation;
• "Welcomes the representatives of the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation to Washington, DC, on the occasion of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Seminar on OSCE Mediterranean Partner Engagement, July 22-23, 2009;
• "Encourages the OSCE to re-evaluate its past practices and ongoing activities in the Mediterranean dimension in order to further empower the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation in the work of the OSCE, and to support the Partners' leadership on matters which impact their citizens, their governments, and the region; and
• "Encourages the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation to continue to work with the OSCE participating states to enhance trade, economic development, security, and stability in the Mediterranean region, and to embrace existing OSCE commitments, including those in the Human Dimension."
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) maintains special relations with six Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation-Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. This relationship dates back to the Helsinki Process and the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, which included a Mediterranean chapter stating that security in Europe is closely linked with security in the Mediterranean as a whole.