2012

Walburga Habsburg Douglas and Riccardo Migliori meet with presidential administration advisor in Kyiv. KYIV, 11 October 2012 – Walburga Habsburg Douglas (MP, Sweden), the Special Co-ordinator appointed to lead the OSCE election observation mission to Ukraine, today concluded a three-day pre-election visit to the country aimed at assessing the climate ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for 28 October. "I appreciate the authorities'

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COPENHAGEN, 9 October 2012 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Riccardo Migliori (Italy) today issued the following statement in regards to the prison sentence given to Kazakhstan opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unregistered opposition political party Alga!: "I am seriously concerned about the judgment handed down by a court in Aktau, Kazakhstan, that sentenced opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov to seven and a half years in

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TIRANA, Albania, 6 October 2012 – The Standing Committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly today voted to call for all member countries to condemn in the strongest terms the deadly attack Syrian armed forces carried out on civilians in the Turkish town of Akcakale. The nine-paragraph resolution authored by Emin Onen (MP, Turkey) generated widespread support from parliamentarians incensed by the lack of international response to the ongoing

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COPENHAGEN, 5 October 2012 - "In the weeks leading up to election day, I had the opportunity to travel with the Security Expert and Legal Analyst meeting local authorities and conveying the importance of the observation and informing them of the potential PA presence in their region. I met with staff of the opposition, attended embassy briefings as well as meetings with ODIHR staff and interlocutors. I also had the chance to get to know LTOs in

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Albanian Speaker Jozefina Topalli and PA President Riccardo Migliori approach the podium at the opening of the Fall Meetings on 5 October 2012. TIRANA, Albania, 5 October 2012 – The Fall Meetings opened this morning in Tirana with host officials focusing on issues central to freedom, recalling the good work the OSCE has done promoting progress in South East Europe and urging global co-operation to promote freedom in places like Syria. OSCE PA

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TIRANA, Albania, 4 October 2012 – President Riccardo Migliori (MP, Italy) released the following statement today regarding violence between Syria and Turkey: "I strongly condemn the killings of Turkish civilians – lives that Syria's official apology can never bring back. All sides should end their shootings and shellings and recognize that only genuine dialogue can bring about peace in Syria and the wider region. The situation in Syria demands

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