OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
Haut Commissaire aux minorités nationales
1992-07 Helsinki Finland
Established Jul 1992, Helsinki (Finland), during Summit of Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, currently F-XF0947 - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). First High Commissioner appointed Dec 1992; commenced operations Jan 1993.
Provide "early warning" and, as appropriate "early action" at the earliest possible stage in regard to tensions involving national minority issues which have not yet developed beyond an early warning stage, but, in the judgement of the High Commissioner, have the potential to develop into a conflict within the OSCE area.
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