Strasbourg, 09.09.2005 – Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ADLE), who is preparing a report on cultural diversity in the Northern Caucasus for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), is to visit the region from 11 to 17 September 2005.
Speaking on the eve of the visit, she said: “The North Caucasus region of Russia has an immense wealth of cultural diversity; its peoples speak some forty languages and belong to six religions. Much of the violence and political instability in the region can be attributed to the systematic neglect of education and the absence of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. The purpose of my visit is to see what can be done to develop this dialogue.”
Mrs Brasseur, who is a former Education Minister of Luxembourg, will meet Russia’s Ministers of Culture and Education in Moscow before travelling to the republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia and Dagestan to talk to religious and cultural leaders, teachers and local officials. In Beslan, she will lay a wreath at the school where so many children were killed in the terrorist tragedy one year ago and will meet representatives of parents of children affected by the tragedy.