Iran proposes debate on Lebanon at IPU session
(IRNA) - Iran, Algeria and Jordan have requested that Lebanon be included in the agenda of the 115th Assembly of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) which will take place in Geneva from Monday to Wednesday.
Three main items are on the agenda: Cooperation between parliaments and the United Nations in promoting peace, combating terrorism and energy security; the role of parliaments in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in particular the problem of debt and eradication of poverty and corruption; and the issue of missing persons, people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence, reports Trend.
On Monday parliamentarians will also debate an emergency item on the situation in Lebanon and North Korea's nuclear test, according to an IPU statement received by IRNA in Brussels.
"Solidarity with the people and government of Lebanon" is the subject that Iran has proposed for discussion, while Algeria and Jordan have proposed the topic "The role of parliaments in further mobilizing the international community in efforts to rebuild Lebanon and in supporting Lebanon's independence."
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz will also address the IPU session.
So far, 125 delegations have confirmed their participation in the session, including Iran, noted the statement.
Established in 1889 and with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU, which is the oldest multilateral political organization in the world, currently brings together 146 affiliated parliaments and seven associated regional assemblies.
It has an office in New York which acts as its permanent observer at the United Nations.