OSCE PA to mull situation in Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 15 / Trend E.Ostapenko /
The situation in Kyrgyzstan following the change of government and election of a new parliament will be one of the key themes of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's tenth Winter Meeting, the structure reported.
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's tenth Winter Meeting will take place on Feb.24-25 in Vienna. Around 250 parliamentarians from 55 countries are expected to participate in the annual Vienna meeting.
OSCE PA Special Representative for Central Asia, Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland) will take part in discussions on Kyrgyzstan. Kiljunen led an international independent commission to investigate the inter-ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan that took place in June last year.
The political situation in Kyrgyzstan remains unstable following the overthrow of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010. Bloody clashes occurred between Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in the south of Kyrgyzstan.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou will lead a delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic on Feb.16-18 aimed at strengthening co-operation with the country's new parliament.
President Efthymiou will address the Kyrgyz Parliament and lead a roundtable discussion focused on strengthening the role and the capacity of the parliament, including parliamentary oversight.
In October 2010, Kyrgyzstan held parliamentary elections, in which were elected 120 MPs. It is planned to hold a presidential election in November 2011.
OSCE parliamentarians will also mull the political situation in Arab countries (Egypt, Tunisia), where recently occurred massive protests and the ruling regimes were overthrown.
Committee on Democracy and Human Rights will discuss the situation in Belarus, where the OSCE Mission was closed after the presidential elections in December. OSCE / ODIHR head Janez Lenarcic and OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic will make speeches on this matter.