Parliamentary President, concerned about diplomatic deadlock over OSCE field operations, underscores importance of safeguarding Organization’s outreach potential
VIENNA, 13 January 2017 – The President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Austrian parliamentarian Christine Muttonen, today called for the immediate agreement on the extension of mandates of OSCE field operations, some of which are currently being held up by representatives of OSCE countries.
“Field missions have long been the crown jewel of the OSCE, both helping OSCE countries to live up to their commitments through practical project work and representing a vital element of the Organization’s outreach capacity. The excellent work being done by our professionals in the field is now effectively being held hostage by diplomats in Vienna, some of whom are vetoing this most important work of the Organization,” said Muttonen.
The mandates of the OSCE’s field operations in Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan all expired on 31 December 2016 without agreement on their extension. The OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk is set to expire on 31 January, currently with no agreement on extension.
COPENHAGEN, 10 January 2017 – On the eve of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility’s 15th anniversary, Spanish parliamentarian Ignacio Sanchez Amor, Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee, reiterated longstanding concerns over the prison and the practice of indefinite detention.
Regretting that President Barack Obama was unable to follow through on his stated commitment to close Guantanamo, Sanchez Amor urged the outgoing administration to continue transferring prisoners who have been cleared for release, and urged the new U.S. administration to bring remaining prisoners to trial and pursue efforts to close the prison.
“Fifteen years ago, the George W. Bush administration made a fateful decision to establish a detention facility for suspected terrorists that would be out of the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and, so President Bush thought, beyond the reach of international law. Since then, it has proved extremely difficult to resolve the dilemma of what to do with these prisoners, many of whom have been denied their legal rights and have suffered physical and psychological abuse,” Sanchez Amor said.
COPENHAGEN, 1 January 2017 – In response to the New Year’s Eve massacre at a nightclub in Istanbul, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) issued the following statement:
“I condemn in the strongest terms last night’s horrific massacre in Istanbul, which killed at least 39 people, and offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is tragic that we must once again confront this terror, particularly today, at the beginning of a new year. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly continues to stand with Turkey as it faces threats and challenges at home and abroad. We must all stand together to unite against violent extremism.”
President Muttonen further wished a speedy and full recovery to the dozens of injured survivors of the attack.
PA President Muttonen and Secretary General Montella issue joint statement deploring attack on Russian Ambassador to Turkey
COPENHAGEN, 20 December 2016 – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s President and Secretary General, Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) and Roberto Montella, respectively, today issued the following statement on the assassination of Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, in Ankara on Monday:
“The fatal shooting of Ambassador Karlov was not only an unfounded attack upon a respected Russian diplomat, but an assault on diplomacy itself, contrary to longstanding principles of international law. We urge a prompt and thorough investigation into this incident and stress the importance of recommitting to international diplomacy and dialogue.”
Muttonen and Montella reiterated the statement issued Monday by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, calling the attack unjustifiable and extending condolences to the family and friends of the victim.