2011-CISIPA-St.Pete PE Ecological CongressCOPENHAGEN, 25 May 2011 – Addressing the Commonwealth of Independent States Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg on 16 May, President Petros Efthymiou stressed that "today more than ever, we need to continue working together to ensure peace, security and freedom for all our citizens." He also said that as directly elected representatives, Members of Parliament provide the democratic foundation for both the CIS and the OSCE.

On the margins of the Session, the Security Committees of parliamentary assemblies of the CIS, Council of Europe, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the OSCE held a joint meeting, which focused on a report from the Speaker of the Afghan Parliament on the need to step up international co-operation to fight drug trafficking.

Members also discussed the political transformation in the Arab world and arms control, with particular focus on the role of the OSCE and other international organizations.Karl-Georg Wellmann, Chair of the OSCE PA's First Committee, stressed the security aspects of the current political changes in the Arab world and the spillover effect on the security of the larger region.With regards to arms control, Mr. Wellmann stressed the need to work to overcome the deadlock in the OSCE negotiations on updating the Vienna Document on arms control.

On 17 May, President Efthymiou addressed the Fourth Nevsky Ecological Congress, pointing out that the OSCE, which includes some of the largest energy producers and consumers in the world, has an important role to play in protecting the environment.