Kocharian to Attend Summit on European Values and Challenges

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian will be in Warsaw on May 15 to participate in a Council of Europe summit–as well as hold several meetings with his counterparts. A meeting with Azeri president Ilham Aliyev is reportedly expected–though not confirmed.

For the first time in history–the Heads of State and Government of 46 European democracies will meet in the Royal Castle of Warsaw on May 16-17 for the Summit of European Unity–to reaffirm the core values on which Europe is built–define the political mandate of the Council of Europe–and chart its action for the coming years.

The principal tasks of the Council of Europe will be determined during three sessions: European Unity and Values–Challenges for European Society–and European Architecture.

At the first plenary session on May 16–the Council of Europe member states will renew their commitment to the Council’s common values and principles –above all–democracy–human rights and the rule of law–throughout the continent. Priority will be given to the ensuring of the continued effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights–the Council’s unique human rights protection mechanism.

The second session will concentrate on concerted action in response to new threats to the security of European citizens–such as terrorism–corruption and organized crime as well as trafficking in human beings. On this occasion–three new Council of Europe conventions–on the prevention and financing of terrorism and on trafficking in human beings–will be opened for signature. The session will also address questions related to the building of a more humane and inclusive Europe–such as social cohesion–protection of children–political participation–the promoting of cultural diversity–and the fostering of intercultural dialogue.

The final plenary session on May 17 will focus on ensuring cooperation of the Council of Europe and other European partner organizations.

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will give the opening speech on May 16.

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