UNESCO Secretary General Introduces Initiative to Stabilize South Caucasus

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–UNESCO Secretary General Federico Major recently introduced an initiative aimed at strengthening peace and stability in the South Caucasus by means of developing cooperation in the fields of education–science and culture–Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The idea of UNESCO’s Caucasus Project came during Major’s meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili held in May. A number of UNESCO projects have already been launched in Armenia–Azerbaijan and Georgia–including the establishment of the Caucasian Regional Union of Journalists and regional scientific networks. A roundtable discussion held in Georgia in May 1998 restored cooperation between representatives of the academies of sciences of the three countries. The three countries’ ministers of culture are expected to meet in Tbilisi next year.

"UNESCO–in close cooperation with the leadership of the three countries–is going to implement a program that will place greater importance on the rich cultural potential of these countries and will develop ties between the intellectuals," Major said. "By helping people learn to live together–this program will help preserve peace and stability in the region," Major concluded.

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