COPENHAGEN, 23 April 2017 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) responded today following a tragic incident today in Ukraine, in which an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle drove over a landmine resulting in the death of a patrol member and the injury of another.
“Along with the whole OSCE family, I am deeply saddened by today’s news from Ukraine. The death of one of our colleagues carrying out a vital mission comes as a shock to us all. My heartfelt condolences go out to the victim’s family, and I hope that the injured enjoys a full and a speedy recovery. I also echo the statement by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz urging a thorough investigation and to hold those responsible accountable,” Muttonen said.
President Muttonen is in Copenhagen today and will address a meeting of the Assembly’s Bureau on Monday.
On Earth Day, OSCE PA economic and environmental committee leaders encourage co-operation and sustainability
COPENHAGEN, 22 April 2017 – In observance of Earth Day 2017, leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s economic and environmental affairs committee today highlighted the ongoing challenges to the planet requiring robust international responses. From water security and air pollution to biodiversity loss and deforestation to ocean acidification and climate change, global environmental challenges require global solutions, the PA leaders said.
Recalling the concept of comprehensive security as laid out in the OSCE’s 1975 Helsinki Final Act – encompassing the dimensions of politico-military affairs, economic and environmental concerns, and human rights – the Chair, Vice-Chair and Rapporteur of the Assembly’s economic environmental committee pointed out that the “second dimension” provides a strong basis for mutually beneficial co-operation among OSCE participating States.
Chair Nilza Sena (MP, Portugal) stressed the importance, in particular, of all countries accepting the global scientific consensus on climate change and taking co-operative action to move rapidly into a low-carbon economy.
COPENHAGEN, 7 April 2017 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) responded to an apparent terrorist attack in Stockholm today with a statement of condemnation and condolences, expressing solidarity on behalf of the OSCE PA with the victims and the people of Sweden.
“I condemn the attack in Stockholm in the strongest terms. Like the attack last week in St. Petersburg and a week before that in London, this senseless act of violence strikes to the core of our humanity, and as always, my thoughts are first and foremost with the victims and the injured, whom I wish full recovery. My deepest condolences go to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, and to all the Swedish people,” Muttonen said.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Muttonen condemns metro bombing in St. Petersburg, offers condolences
COPENHAGEN, 3 April 2017 – Following an attack in St. Petersburg today that is being investigated by the Russian authorities as an act of terrorism, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s President, Austrian parliamentarian Christine Muttonen, offered condolences and strongly condemned the violence.
“I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of the bomb blast in the St. Petersburg metro today, which has killed at least ten people and injured dozens, including many children. My sympathies are with the friends and families of the victims, the people of Russia, and with the injured, whom I wish a speedy recovery. I condemn this senseless act of violence in the strongest terms,” Muttonen said.
The President noted that she was in St. Petersburg just last week for an anti-terrorism conference, co-organized by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which confirmed the prominent role that international parliamentary diplomacy and co-operation can play in the fight against terrorism.