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2014-VISIT-Ukraine AmbassadorAmbassador Mykhailo Skuratovskyi (left), OSCE PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver (center) and OSCE PA Director of Elections Andreas Baker (right) look at a map of Ukraine with the Embassy's First Secretary, Andriy Biriuchenko.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.

Oliver briefed the Ambassador on the activities of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s election observers. Teams from the OSCE PA will return to Ukraine next week as a part of the Assembly’s continuing pre-election plan. Several visits are scheduled for the coming weeks, including to areas in the north, east, south and west of the country.

The PA has been active in preparing the observation mission since March, when Joao Soares (MP, Portugal), who will serve as Special Co-ordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission, met Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and other high-ranking officials and parliamentarians in Kyiv. He was accompanied by Makis Voridis (MP, Greece), who will head the OSCE PA election observation delegation, and OSCE Vice-President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland).