Wide-ranging recommendations in fields of security, human rights and more approved by wide margin
HERE)BAKU, 2 July 2014 – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has adopted the Baku Declaration, lending political support to wide-ranging policy recommendations for the OSCE and its 57 participating States in the fields of political affairs and security, economics, the environment and human rights. (Full text available
The crisis in Ukraine is among the document’s central themes.
The Declaration was adopted after 97 parliamentarians voted in favour and 1 against at the conclusion of the 2014 OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session in the Azerbaijani capital.
Nine OSCE parliamentarians abstained, including members of the Russian Delegation to the Assembly.
BAKU, 2 July 2014 – Ilkka Kanerva, the former Foreign Minister of Finland and former Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE, was elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the final day of its 2014 Annual Session in Baku.
“It is my wish and personal ambition to recall the spirit of Helsinki,” said Kanerva, referring to the OSCE’s founding document, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.
“And above all, it is our responsibility to turn words into concrete action,” he added, urging parliamentarians to redouble their efforts toward fostering comprehensive human security ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Final Act next year.
BAKU, 1 July 2014 – By a majority of three-to-one, OSCE parliamentarians approved a resolution that condemns Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine during a plenary meeting today at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 2014 Annual Session Baku.
Parliamentarians voted by a margin of 92 in favor to 30 against with 27 abstentions on the item, which “condemns the clear, gross and uncorrected violation of the Helsinki principles by the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine, including the particularly egregious violation of that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Full text of the item is available HERE.
The resolution now becomes annexed to the Baku Declaration, to be voted on tomorrow, 2 July, by nearly 300 parliamentarians from more than 50 countries. The Declaration will contain policy recommendations for the OSCE and its 57 participating States in the fields of political affairs and security, economics, the environment and human rights.
23rd OSCE PA Annual Session in Baku. The Delegations welcomed the opportunity to continue their direct communication following their initial meeting in Vienna in April, as first proposed by OSCE PA Vice-President Doris Barnett (MP, Germany) and hosted by OSCE PA President Ranko Krivokapic, who also initiated today's meeting.BAKU, 30 June 2014 – Members of the Russian and Ukrainian Delegations to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly met today on the sidelines of the
The sides shared their views on recent developments in Ukraine and agreed on the need to continue open dialogue, which they will pursue on two tracks. One track will be the continuation of bilateral dialogue between members of both Delegations. The second track will be an international parliamentary liaison group, to be composed of members of the Russian and Ukrainian Delegations to the OSCE PA as well as a number of OSCE parliamentarians from other participating States.