In a relevant letter sent to the Speaker of the Parliament, Annita Dimitriou, the OSCE Vice President and Special Representative for Combating Corruption, Irini Charalambidou, reiterates the issue of organizing the conference, with the central focus on combating corruption, calling on the at her request. It is recalled that the conference was scheduled for May 2020 and was postponed due to the pandemic.
Specifically, as Ms. Charalambidou points out in a relevant announcement, “in May 2020, participation forms were sent to 57 parliaments of the OSCE Central Committee and to distinguished speakers specializing in dispute resolution who lead international organizations. The Conference would be organized, as announced in Paphos between 12 – 13/5/2020. The Conference was a joint action of the OSCE Central Committee with the Cypriot Parliament and the program of the Conference was announced. Due to Covid 19 we were forced to postpone the Conference with the commitment to all participants and speakers that there would be immediate reprogramming as soon as conditions allowed “.
He claims that “conditions have changed, conferences are already being organized and Cypriot MPs are taking part in missions, and we consider that now is the right time to move forward with new dates in organizing such an important conference, especially at a time when the whole of Europe, the European Parliament but also on the international stage, all politicians, citizens and the media are focused on combating corruption. “Cyprus is thus actively participating through the Cypriot Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly, the largest organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, OSCE, in a high-level action with delegations from 57 parliaments visiting Cyprus.”
“All previous correspondence, announcements and invitations to the members of the OSCE Central Committee and the speakers, in relation to the Conference, have been attached to the President of the Parliament, whose response we hope will be immediate,” the statement concluded.