The Autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) begins on October 2. The meeting will begin at 18:00 Baku time, The Azerbaijani Ambassador in the Council of Europe Akshin Mehdiyev told Trend.
The session will be opened by the President of PACE, Rene van der Linden. Later, it is planned to elect the Vice President of the Assembly, make changes to the composition of the Committees and organize debates on several issues. In addition, the Chairman of the Russian State, Duma Boris Grizlova, is expected to make a speech.
According to the Ambassador, the priority of the second day of the session will be dedicated to the situation in the Balkans. For this topic, reports will be delivered by the Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berish, Prime Minister of Croat, Iv Sandar and the Serbian President Boris Tadich. After dinner, discussions on the Balkans will continue. The second issue of this day will be the situation in Kosovo. Mehdiyev believes that this topic will be interesting for Azerbaijan.
The Prime Minister of Hungary, Ferens Durchan, will make a speech at the session on 4 October. In addition, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to deliver a report. The issue of Kurds will also be discussed and Lord Russell Johnson will present a speech in this regard.
The Ambassador stressed that there is a possibility that the statement of the PACE reporter for missing people in South Caucasus Leo Platvoet will be presented at the discussions on October 5.
It should be mentioned that after his visit to Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia, Leo Platvoet made a statement that it is possible to achieve progress on the issue of missing people in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. He came to the conclusion that the parties intend to engage in these issues not from a political, but humanitarian, point of view.
Moreover, a center for victims of forced emigration and ethical cleansing will be created on October 5. The session will draw to a close on October 6.