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How can ethnic minority rights be protected?

Knut Vollebaek
High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE

1946 - Born in Oslo, Norway
1965 - Studies French language and culture, l’Institut Catholique de Paris
1966 - Studies Political Science, University of Oslo
1969 - Studies Spanish language and culture, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
1972 - Graduates, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen
1972 - Postgraduate studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
1973 - Joins Norwegian Foreign Service
1982 - Norwegian Delegate to UN General Assembly
1986 - Director of UN Affairs, Norwegian Foreign Ministry
1989 - Deputy Norwegian Foreign Minister
1991 - Norwegian Ambassador to Central American States, based in Costa Rica
1993 - Director General, Department of Bilateral Co-operation, Norwegian Foreign Ministry
1994 - Assistant Secretary General, Norwegian Foreign Ministry
1997 - Norwegian Foreign Minister
1999 - Chairman-in-Office, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
2001 - Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S.
2005 - Primus inter Pares, Panel of Eminent Persons on Strengthening of OSCE
2007 - High Commissioner on National Minorities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The problem of national minorities in Europe remains of high importance, especially in such a multiethnic country as Russia. What is the best way to face this problem and what can be done to better the situation? Our guest in the studio today is the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek.