Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 22 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland's initial proposals for reform, the ministry stated.
Jan.20, 2010, Jagland presented to member states in Strasbourg initial proposals to reform the Organization and make it more flexible and relevant to the challenges confronting Europe. These proposals also aim to consolidate the role of the Council of Europe as an Organization including the whole of Europe in pursuit of European values and standards, the ministry's statement says.
Georgia supports this process that aims at enabling the Council of Europe to better meet the needs of 800 million of men and women living in Europe, to enhance the political relevance of the Organization and to consolidate its place in the pan-European institutional architecture by further strengthening its standard-setting, monitoring and assistance actions to promote and protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the statement says.
"We consider that the measures presented by the Secretary General and endorsed by the representatives of the member states will be the first step to achieve a more agile and modern structure that will allow the Council of Europe to ensure democratic stability by reacting promptly and efficiently to the challenges that still exist in Europe," the statement says.
The Georgian authorities stand ready to support the Secretary General in his future endeavours, the ministry stated.
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