Georgia Looks to Set up New Assembly

TBILISI (ACSNA-Tass)–Georgian parliament speaker–Zurab Zhvania–has proposed to organize a meeting of Caucasus parliamentary members to establish a system for security and cooperation.

In his statement issued Tuesday–Zhvania said that all the Caucasus states and ethnic regions within the states should be represented in the assembly.

Zhvania also noted that participation of representatives from Abkhazia–South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh will need to be discussed and agreed upon.

Zhvania said that the Georgian parliament–in the near future–would start active consultations regarding setting up the assembly to cater to the needs of all parties concerned.

The assembly would consult with the United Nations–the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–the Commonwealth of Independent States–the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and other regional and international organizations.

In the statement–Zhvania also expressed support for the 1996 Kislovodsk summit initiative to consolidate peace and stability in the region.

Participants in the summit included Russia–Armenia–Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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