Special Representative on South East Europe


OSCE PA President Margareta Cederfelt (Sweden) appointed Azay Guliyev (Azerbaijan) as Special Representative on South East Europe in August 2021.  

An OSCE PA Vice-President, Dr. Guliyev also served previously for three years as Vice-Chair of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security. He has been a member of his national parliament since 2005, where he serves on the Permanent Committee on State Building and Legislative Policy and is the author of the law on “Voluntary Act” and the law on “Civic Participation” of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Guliyev has been a member of Azerbaijan's OSCE PA Delegation since 2005 and has participated in election observation missions to Belarus, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. He has served as the Head of the OSCE PA Election Observation Mission to Montenegro and the fortmer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as Special Co-ordinator of the short-term OSCE observer mission to Kyrgyzstan.

As Special Representative on South East Europe, Dr. Guliyev is tasked with promoting dialogue in all segments of society, including at the parliamentary level, to encourage reconciliation in the region. Please see below for his full mandate.


  • Promote dialogue in all segments of society, in particular at the parliamentary level, in order to encourage reconciliation and rehabilitation in South East Europe, and in particular in the Western Balkans, and to make a contribution to the transformation and building up of democratic institutions;

  • Maintain close contact with and serve as a focal point for the Assembly’s work in the region in general and its participation in activities of the Regional Cooperation Council in particular;

  • Advise and report back to the President on the situation in the region, in particular the development of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and with respect to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue;

  • Communicate with relevant actors within the OSCE as well as PA Committees dealing with migration and terrorism who work on issues related to the region.


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