BAKU, 16 April 2014 -- On an official visit this week to Azerbaijan, OSCE PA President Ranko Krivokapic has held a series of high-level meetings including with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Presidents Krivokapic and Aliyev discussed issues related to the Assembly’s upcoming Annual Session to be held in Baku, as well as current regional and economic developments. Other topics of discussion included the crisis in Ukraine, the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, and bilateral relations between Montenegro and Azerbaijan.
COPENHAGEN, 16 April 2014 – OSCE parliamentarians will observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and provide leadership for the OSCE's short-term observer mission.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter has designated Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) as Special Co-ordinator of the mission to observe the 27 April vote. Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal) will serve as Head of the OSCE PA Delegation, which includes nearly 30 parliamentarians from 13 OSCE participating States.
"I look forward to arriving in Skopje and hope to observe an election that will help consolidate democratic gains. The country has an important opportunity in the upcoming vote to reaffirm its commitment to free, fair and transparent elections,” Muttonen said.
VIENNA, 11 April 2014 -- Members of the Russian and Ukrainian Delegations to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly met for talks today in Vienna on the invitation of OSCE PA President Ranko Krivokapic.
The Delegation members met in bilateral format, followed by tripartite talks that included a delegation from the OSCE PA's leadership.
The Delegations welcomed the opportunity to have an exchange of views on issues vital for the people affected by the current crisis and agreed to continue their talks aimed at defusing tensions.
Although parliamentary elections in Hungary offered voters a diverse choice, ruling party enjoyed undue advantage, say international observers
BUDAPEST, 7 April 2014 – The 6 April 2014 parliamentary elections were well administered and offered voters a diverse choice, but a number of factors provided undue advantage to the ruling party, international observers said in a statement issued today. These included the manner in which a large number of changes to the legal framework were passed, restrictive campaign regulations, biased media coverage and the blurring of the separation between a ruling political party and the state.
COPENHAGEN, 7 April 2014 – The leadership of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly gathered today for its first Bureau Meeting of the year, featuring a special debate on the situation in Ukraine.
President Ranko Krivokapic and the Assembly’s Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Officers of the three General Committees were joined by OSCE PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver and the staff of the International Secretariat of the OSCE PA in the Danish capital.
The agenda included reports by Oliver and OSCE PA Treasurer Roberto Battelli, who offered a positive assessment of the Assembly’s finances. Bureau members also heard remarks by Ambassador Heidi Grau, Representative of the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE, who described the OSCE’s range efforts in Ukraine and the other priorities of the Chairmanship.