Petros Efthymiou elected new OSCE PA President
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 12 / Trend E.Ostapenko /
The 19th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly ended on 10 July, with the adoption of the Oslo Declaration and the election of Petros Efthymiou (Greece) as the Assembly's new President, the structure reported.
Mr. Efthymiou, who was a Vice-President in the Assembly, beat out Senator Consiglio Di Nino (Canada) by 130 votes to 64. The new President succeeds Joao Soares (Portugal) who has served as President for two one-year terms.
The Assembly also elected three new Vice-Presidents, Riccardo Migliori (Italy), Alexander Kozlovskiy (Russia) and Oleh Bilorus (Ukraine), while Isabel Pozuelo (Spain) was re-elected.
The Oslo Declaration, available in English, French and Russian on the OSCE PA website at www.oscepa.org, contains the resolutions adopted during the Annual Session in Oslo, in which 250 parliamentarians participated. The Resolution spanned a wide range of issues, from the situation in Kyrgyzstan to the Parliamentary Assembly's involvement in the Corfu process, the peace process in the Middle East, nuclear security, cybercrime, the situation in the Arctic, the right of return of internally displaced persons, investigative journalism, and to the death penalty.
The three General Committees of the Assembly also elected new officers for the coming year.
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