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Talmannen deltog i möte för parlamentariskt nätverk till Krimplattformen

Publicerad: 26 oktober 2022 klockan 09.42

Den 24-25 oktober deltog talman Andreas Norlén vid lanseringen av det parlamentariska nätverket till Krimplattformen. Mötet hölls i Zagreb under värdskap av Ukrainas talman Ruslan Stefanchuk och Kroatiens talman Gordan Jandrokovic.

Lanseringen av Krimplattformens parlamentariska nätverk ägde rum på det Nationella universitetsbiblioteket i Zagreb och talmän från parlamenten i 48 länder deltog, liksom representanter för Europaparlamentet.

Under dagarna i Zagreb hade talmannen också bilaterala möten med talmanskollegor från olika länder och från Europaparlamentet.

Talmannen står tillsammans med talmannen i det amerikanska representanthuset Nancy Pelosi, Finlands förste vice talman Antti Rinne och kongressledamoten och ordförande i Natos parlamentariska församling Gerry Connolly framför de tre ländernas flaggor.

Under mötet i Zagreb höll talmannen också separata möten, bland annat med talmannen i det amerikanska representanthuset Nancy Pelosi, Finlands förste vice talman Antti Rinne och kongressledamoten och ordförande i Natos parlamentariska församling Gerry Connolly. Foto: USA:s ambassad Kroatien

Krimplattformen lanserades i Kiev 2021 för att belysa konsekvenserna av Rysslands olagliga annektering av Krim. Sveriges regering deltog med stats- och försvarsministrarna vid lanseringen av Krimplattformen som bildades av 48 stater och flera internationella organisationer. Plattformen syftar till att samordna frågor om policy för icke-erkännande, sanktioner, mänskliga rättigheter, säkerhet och navigeringsfrihet, samt ekonomiska och miljökonsekvenser på regerings-, parlamentarisk och expertnivå.

Talmannens inlägg (på engelska) vid mötet:

Det talade ordet gäller.

Your Excellencies, colleagues,

Thank you for organising this event, on such a crucial topic. Crucial for Ukraine, and for all of us.

Recent developments in the world confirm the vital role our Parliaments have to play in preserving our democratic systems and societies. Our Parliaments are simply the foremost symbol of democracy, but they should also be the foremost champions and defenders of democracy.

Russia’s illegal attack on Ukraine shows what can happen when a semi-democracy is slowly transformed into an authoritarian and totalitarian system – namely war.

We, as leading representatives of our Parliaments and our democratic systems, should work together and support each other in upholding and strengthening our democratic processes. One important aspect is to encourage people to vote in elections in our countries, in order to confirm the legitimacy of the system.

This is even more important in times when we are witnessing democracy in decline in many parts of the world, and when democracy and human rights are under threat from authoritarian and totalitarian leaders.

Regarding Ukraine, Crimea and Russia´s illegal full-scale war on a friendly neighbour I can, as the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, confirm our strong support for Ukraine, strong in all the parties represented in our Parliament.

I would also like to quote the words of Sweden´s former PM, Magdalena Andersson, at the Crimea Platform Summit in August: “Sweden will continue its steadfast support to Ukraine. (…). The stronger Ukraine is, the safer the rest of us are”.

Since then, we have had elections and a change of government in Sweden. However, one thing that has not changed is Sweden´s strong support for Ukraine.

I also quote the new PM Ulf Kristersson, who said in his Statement of Government Policy, delivered in the Riksdag last week: “We must provide as much support as possible to war-torn Ukraine – politically, economically and in terms of security. A long-term and cohesive programme for civilian reconstruction and military support will be developed.“

Ladies and gentlemen,

One thing has been poignantly brought to mind since 24th February, as it has all too many times before: the enormous cost of war. Human suffering and material destruction beyond belief.

By quoting both PMs and underlining the support for Ukraine in our Parliament, the message I bring from the Swedish Parliament is strong and clear. We stand for freedom, democracy and a rule-based international order. This means that we stand firmly behind Ukraine, the Ukrainian people and Ukraine´s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Slava Ukraini!