COPENHAGEN, 12 October 1998 - Mr. Tekin Enerem MP (Turkey), Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will arrive in Skopje on Wednesday 14 October to lead the OSCE observers for the Parliamentary Elections in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 18 October 1998. Appointed by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, Mr. Enerem will lead more than one hundred international observers deployed by the OSCE throughout the country and deliver the preliminary assessment in conjunction with other appropriate officials on behalf of the international community on Monday 19 October.
The OSCE observer team includes some thirty representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from the Parliaments of fourteen OSCE countries, including Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the US. There will also be parliamentarians from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
The OSCE Election Observation Mission is a joint effort between the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and includes long- and short-term observers from OSCE participating States. The OSCE Observation Mission will assess the conduct of the elections, the political campaign and the role of the media. Long-term observers have already been deployed for several weeks across the country. This week the short-term observers will be deployed in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia by the OSCE Election Observation Mission.
For further information contact Mr. Jan Jooren, Press Counsellor of the OSCE PA, tel + 45 33 32 94 00 or from 16-20 October in Skopje, tel ++ 389 91 11 65 99, fax ++389 91 222221