Monday, July 21, 2008

OSCE holds meeting to avert terror attacks on energy infrastructure
Experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) met on Thursday to address the theme of protecting critical energy infrastructure from terrorist attacks. They gathered to identify fields where the OSCE could contribute to enhancing the protection of critical energy infrastructure. Disruption or the destruction of critical infrastructure by terrorist attacks could have a serious impact on health, safety, security or the economic well-being of citizens, said Raphael Perl, head of the OSCE Action against Terrorism Unit. He emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation between the relevant sectors, saying "the OSCE is well placed to play a role in these efforts." The coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities Bernard Snoy said "protection of critical energy infrastructure contributes to energy security in the OSCE area." The one-day meeting was jointly organized by the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and the OSCE Action Against Terrorism Unit. About 50 experts from private sectors, research institutes and international organizations attended the meeting.

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