It was with deep sorrow that we received the news of the sudden death of João Ataíde, Member of the Portuguese Parliament, earlier this morning.
As you know, João Ataíde was the President of the Portuguese Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Due to the schedule of a major debate and voting in the Portuguese Parliament yesterday, our parliamentarians were unable to travel to Vienna.
Distinguished Parliamentarians, Excellencies,
The career of João Ataíde as magistrate, as mayor and as secretary of state for the environment was an example of public service. He would have certainly given a valuable contribution to the work of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
As Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OSCE, I would like to sincerely thank for your words. They will be conveyed to the family and to our National Parliament.”