OSCE PA President Muttonen condemns bombing of wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey, reiterates solidarity
COPENHAGEN, 21 August 2016 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) issued the following statement in response to an apparent terrorist attack that has killed at least 50 people in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday night.
"I am deeply saddened by this horrific attack, the latest in a dreadful series of terrorist bombings to have struck Turkey. My heart goes out to those affected, and I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Terror has once again struck down too many innocent people, on a day that should have been filled with joy and excitement for the wedding couple.
"I utterly condemn this attack on behalf of OSCE parliamentarians. Having just visited Turkey earlier this week to learn more about last month's attempted coup and its aftermath, I want to reiterate our solidarity and the readiness of the OSCE to support Turkey as it addresses the many challenges facing the country."
In Ankara, OSCE parliamentary President expresses solidarity with Turkish people following coup attempt
ANKARA, 17 July 2016 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria), is leading a high-level delegation to Turkey following the attempted coup of 15 July. In meetings with the President, Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials, the delegation has expressed the solidarity of the OSCE PA with Turkey and its people in the aftermath of the attempted seizure of power.
“Last month’s attempted coup was possibly the clearest attack on democracy we have seen in the OSCE in modern times. Having now seen the rubble left by bombs dropped on the Turkish parliament and having heard how people personally experienced this trauma, I want to reiterate our absolute condemnation of this attack,” said President Muttonen.
“Leaders here rightly describe the events of 15 and 16 July as a victory of the people, citing the thousands who took to the streets to stand in front of tanks and stop the overthrow of Turkey’s constitutional government. Our solidarity remains with them and with the elected leaders who have demonstrated strong will to safeguard democratic institutions,” continued Muttonen, in her first official visit since being elected President.