PACE seeks to relaunch discussions on frozen conflicts in Europe

Published on Reliefweb.int, Source: Council ofn Europe COE, October 31, 2007.

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE, which seeks to enforce the honouring of obligations and commitments by the Council’s member states, will be holding a hearing on “frozen conflicts” in cooperation with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), at the Bundestag in Berlin on 5 and 6 November 2007, focusing on the situations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria.

On joining the Council of Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova undertook to seek peaceful settlements to these conflicts, and the Russian Federation has also entered into specific commitments regarding certain of these regions.

The hearing has the twofold objective of bringing together leading experts and government ministers to take stock of the current situation with regard to each of these conflicts and of initiating a debate on the Council of Europe’s future role in the conflict settlement process … (full text).

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