Readiness to engage in dialogue 'in response to positive developments'
PACE suspends its high-level contacts with the Belarusian Government and Parliament
The Parliamentary Assembly decided to suspend its activities involving high-level contact with the Belarusian Parliament and/or the governmental authorities, having noted a “lack of progress” towards Council of Europe standards and a “lack of political will” on the part of the authorities to adhere to the Organisation’s values. The Assembly recalled that it was still prepared to engage in a progressive dialogue with the authorities “in response to positive developments”, while reiterating its conviction that “dialogue can be sustained only through Belarus’ continuous progress towards Council of Europe standards”. (More)
The situation in Belarus: recent developments
Resolution 1727 Report
'I have been elected President to act, and not to dream'
Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine to ‘fully comply’ with Council of Europe commitments by May 2011
Ukraine will fully comply with its Council of Europe commitments before it begins its Chairmanship of the organisation in May 2011, President Viktor Yanukovych pledged, speaking before PACE in his first address to an international body since being elected. Developing Ukraine’s democracy was an “undisputed priority”, said Mr Yanukovich, who also promised to guarantee a free media, work to eradicate corruption and carry out judicial reform. (More)
The Council of Europe is a 'humanitarian pillar for the new European security'
Sergey Lavrov: a common future for the US-Europe-Russia triangle
''Equal, indivisible and assured security of all states should turn from a catchy slogan to reality,'' Sergey Lavrov, told Parliamentary Assembly on 29 April. The Russian Federation’s Foreign Affairs Minister warned against the ''recurrence of nationalist attitudes,'' as he put forward the ''principle of indivisible security'' and outlined his vision for the common future of the ''US-Europe-Russia triangle.'' (More)