Election co-operation, situation in Ukraine top agenda
COPENHAGEN, 7 March 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic today addressed the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris, where he called for expanded co-operation between the Assemblies and participated in an exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine.
Krivokapic underscored the need for continued co-operation to maintain the quality of election-monitoring missions, an area in which the Assemblies have worked together successfully in the past:
"The integrity of our election-observation activities is vital and must be preserved. We expect our member countries to live up to the democratic pledges they make on paper, and we must always do the same," he said.
COPENHAGEN, 5 March 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic today completed a two-day visit to the Czech Republic, where the crisis in Ukraine and the role the OSCE can play in helping to resolve it featured in talks with government leaders and lawmakers.
COPENHAGEN, 4 March 2014 – Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today criticized Russia for "violating several key provisions of the Helsinki Final Act" in its recent actions with respect to Ukraine and called on OSCE officials to consider the implications.
In an address before the OSCE Human Dimension Committee in Vienna, Santos said: "When I observe this 19th century act in the 21st century, I wonder if Russia's de facto invasion of Ukraine means its de facto withdrawal from our Organization and its key commitments to Eurasian security."
COPENHAGEN, 4 March 2014 – OSCE parliamentarians will travel to Serbia next week to observe the country's 16 March parliamentary elections and provide leadership for the OSCE's short-term observer mission.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter has designated Roberto Battelli (MP, Slovenia) as Special Co-ordinator of the mission. Luigi Compagna (MP, Italy) will serve as Head of the OSCE PA Delegation, which includes nearly 40 parliamentarians from 15 OSCE participating States.
Members of the delegation will travel to polling stations across Serbia, working closely with long-term observers from OSCE/ODIHR and in co-ordination with colleagues from PACE.
OSCE PA President expresses grave concern at developments in Ukraine; calls on States to respect Helsinki Final Act
COPENHAGEN, 3 March 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic today expressed grave concern at developments in Ukraine and urged all OSCE participating States to respect the principles and spirit of the Helsinki Final Act.
“I am gravely concerned at the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, which threatens the security and peace of the entire region. Any breach of the sovereignty of an OSCE participating State is in violation of the Helsinki Final Act, which prescribes respect for the inviolability of frontiers and the territorial integrity of States, as well as non-intervention in internal affairs and a commitment to peaceful dispute-resolution. Failure to comply with these commitments is indefensible,” Krivokapic said.