Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend S.Agayeva / The third forum of young leaders from the CIS and Baltic countries began its work in Baku on 12 October. An original idea of the forum is to provide terms for representatives of the new generation of CIS and Baltic countries, discuss jointly the possibility of stable and durable co-existence within the framework of post-Soviet area deserves approval, Azad Rahimov, the Minister for Youth and Sports, said to the opening of the forum.
According to Rahimov, the forum will set issues concerning world system and major contemporary challenges. The forum targets establishment of a dialogue for those who is on the eve or have already participated in the development and adoption of decisions.
The minister said that Azerbaijan is interested in integration, but will certainly preserve and safeguard its culture, historic and intellectual originality.
"In the period of global development it is important to define the ways of the future," Elnur Aslanov, assistant to the head-of-staff of the Azerbaijani President's Administration said. It is necessary to have open discussions, he added.
"It is high time to speak about youth problems both in Azerbaijan and out of the country," Ahmad Bilalov, a Russian MP, the first deputy chairman of the Russia State Duma (Parliament) Committee on CIS and Relations with compatriots, said.
It is necessary to find new approaches to the resolution of these problems, he said, voicing his confidence that this forum will provide necessary terms.
The two-day forum will focus on Post-Soviet area in the new world system: defining future strategy, Culture-information area of CIS and Baltic countries: what unites us?, Nationalism and Xenophobia in CIS and Baltic countries: how to fight against them?.
This event comes as the third. The first two were held in 2005 and 2006 in Sochi at Russia's initiative.
The forum will enable to coordinate not only the geopolitical and geo-strategic interests, but also to establish socio-cultural balance of the future cooperation. Major conceit of the forum is that it targets making the post-Soviet area more secure and perspective.