Germany, Berlin / corr Trend A.Maherramli / Public opinion in the process for a peaceful a resolution of 'lingering conflicts' is very important, Edward Lintner, chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee, said. "Indeed, the ideas on the origin of these problems are different. However, a resolution to the problem can be achieved through public opinion," Lintner said in an interview with Trend.
The PACE Monitoring Committee jointly with the German Institute of International Relations and Security organized a meeting in Berlin on 5-6 November to discuss lingering conflicts, such as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Pridniester, Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-Osetian problems. Attending the forum are officials from both of these countries and international experts, as well as representatives from the countries involved in the conflict.
Lintner said that the role of the Monitoring Committee in the resolution of 'lingering conflicts' will find its reflection in a plenary meeting of the Assembly. "There are issues discussed behind closed doors and issues which should be considered at the plenary meeting," the Committee chairman said.
The CE member-countries must fulfill their commitments and the organization should achieve their fulfillment.
Lintner voiced his support at an initiative by Thomas Marker, a representative from the Venice Commission, who called on a meeting to give estimation to lingering conflicts. He classified two aspects in this issue - territorial integrity of the country and rights of nations for self-definition. "It might put in the forefront a state based on the rule of law," he stressed.
Lintner said that a draft resolution can be developed as a result of hearings in Berlin. The social group of PACE have determined a candidate for new co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee on Azerbaijan, who will replace Tony Lloyd in this post. Following approval of the new candidate, PACE Monitoring Committee rapporteurs will pay a visit to Azerbaijan.