COPENHAGEN, 18 September 2014 – OSCE parliamentarians will observe the upcoming general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina and lead the short-term OSCE observer mission.
Upon the recommendation of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter has designated Roberto Battelli (MP, Slovenia) as Special Co-ordinator to the lead the short-term OSCE observer mission for the 12 October vote. Marietta Tidei (MP, Italy) will serve as Head of the OSCE PA Delegation, which includes more than 30 participants from a range of OSCE States.
"The elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be critical for the country's continuing need to consolidate democratic gains. As in so many other countries East and West, we will observe whether the vote is in line with OSCE commitments -- and a good election will hopefully help facilitate the reforms that Bosnia and Herzegovina's citizens deserve," Special Co-ordinator Battelli said.
OSCE PA President urges zero impunity for violations in Ukraine; meets Turchynov, Brasseur at Oslo conference
COPENHAGEN, 12 September 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) has called for a zero impunity policy when OSCE principles are violated in the Ukrainian conflict during an address at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament in Oslo.
The OSCE PA president also held several bilateral meetings, including with Ukrainian Parliament Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Anne Brasseur, on the sidelines of the two-day event.
“In recent years we have been reminded that there has been too much democratic backsliding on our continent and in recent months we have witnessed flagrant violations of sovereignty and growing threats to security even right here in Europe,” Kanerva said in his 11 September speech before nearly 60 heads of parliament.
MOSCOW, 5 September 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) met with Russian State Duma Chairperson and Head of the Russian Delegation to the OSCE PA Sergey Naryshkin at the conclusion of his visit to Moscow today.
The President emphasized the need for meaningful action aimed at demilitarizing and de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine as a basis for a lasting diplomatic solution. He also expressed particular concern about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in and around the city of Mariupol, Ukraine in recent days.
OSCE PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver participated in the meeting, during which the sides also discussed the PA's continuing work towards convening an Interparliamentary Liaison Group on Ukraine.
OSCE PA President meets Lavrov, Matvienko in Moscow; urges Russia to play constructive role in Ukraine crisis
MOSCOW, 4 September 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) urged Russia to play a constructive role in the Ukrainian crisis and abide by OSCE commitments during meetings in Moscow today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matvienko.
In a frank and open exchange of views on Ukraine, President Kanerva emphasized the need for Russia to take responsibility for its impact on the conflict and match its stated aims with concrete actions.
"I emphasized that there is no military solution to the situation in Ukraine and that only a political solution can be sustainable. My Russian counterparts did refer to President Putin's new peace plan, but any solution must be predicated on a genuine commitment by Russia to stop the flow of arms and military personnel across its border with Ukraine. Russia must also respect its neighbor's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as it has committed to do as an OSCE member," Kanerva said.