COPENHAGEN, 23 April 2014 – Ukraine’s Ambassador to Denmark, Mykhailo Skuratovskyi, met with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Spencer Oliver at OSCE PA headquarters today to discuss the security situation in Ukraine, the unrest in the east of the country and plans for the upcoming presidential election.
The Ambassador was joined by First Secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy, Andriy Biriuchenko, while Oliver was joined by OSCE PA Programme Director Anna Chernova and Director of Elections Andreas Baker.
“The government of Ukraine looks forward to welcoming the OSCE’s parliamentarians to observe the upcoming presidential election. During our meeting, the Secretary General and I discussed the current situation in Ukraine, the state of play of the Geneva accord implementation and our intent to hold free, democratic and transparent elections, despite efforts to destabilize the situation,” Skuratovskyi said.
BAKU, 16 April 2014 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic has met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and other high-ranking officials during a visit to Baku.
Krivokapic and Aliyev discussed issues related to the Assembly’s upcoming Annual Session, to be held in the Azerbaijani capital this summer, as well as current regional and economic developments. Other topics of discussion included the crisis in Ukraine, the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and bilateral relations between Montenegro and Azerbaijan.
Krivokapic also met with Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Speaker of Parliament Ogtay Asadov, with whom he signed the official agreement for the hosting of the 23rd OSCE PA Annual Session. The OSCE PA President also met with Azerbaijan’s Delegation to the Assembly, led by Bahar Muradova.
COPENHAGEN, 16 April 2014 – OSCE parliamentarians will observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and provide leadership for the OSCE's short-term observer mission.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter has designated Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) as Special Co-ordinator of the mission to observe the 27 April vote. Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal) will serve as Head of the OSCE PA Delegation, which includes nearly 30 parliamentarians from 13 OSCE participating States.
"I look forward to arriving in Skopje and hope to observe an election that will help consolidate democratic gains. The country has an important opportunity in the upcoming vote to reaffirm its commitment to free, fair and transparent elections,” Muttonen said.
VIENNA, 11 April 2014 – Members of the Russian and Ukrainian Delegations to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly met for talks today in Vienna on the invitation of OSCE PA President Ranko Krivokapic.
The Delegation members met in bilateral format, followed by tripartite talks that included a delegation from the OSCE PA's leadership.
The Delegations welcomed the opportunity to have an exchange of views on issues vital for the people affected by the current crisis and agreed to continue their talks aimed at defusing tensions.
Although parliamentary elections in Hungary offered voters a diverse choice, ruling party enjoyed undue advantage, say international observers
BUDAPEST, 7 April 2014 – The 6 April 2014 parliamentary elections were well administered and offered voters a diverse choice, but a number of factors provided undue advantage to the ruling party, international observers said in a statement issued today. These included the manner in which a large number of changes to the legal framework were passed, restrictive campaign regulations, biased media coverage and the blurring of the separation between a ruling political party and the state.
"Hungarian voters were offered a genuine choice yesterday in a competitive elections. Overall, the process was transparently and efficiently administered," said Adão Silva, the Special Co-ordinator who led the short-term OSCE observer mission. "Nonetheless, the ruling party still enjoyed an undue advantage, including in biased media coverage."