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Foreign Minister in Strasbourg for CoE session
2006-05-17 11:26:03

Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou departs for Strasbourg tomorrow to participate in the 116th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, to be held on May 18 and 19.

According to an official press release, the meeting will deal with the foundation of the system of the Council of Europe for the protection of human rights. The Ministers will be called upon to adopt a declaration regarding the package of reforms of the system of protection of human rights. The reforms are based on May 2004 decisions of the Ministerial Conference and aim at the more effective implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights, both on the national and European level.

Other issues on the agenda are the relations of the Council of Europe with the European Union, the enhancement of CoE activities to promote democracy and proper administration, the Forum on the Future of Democracy, and the development of the intercultural dialogue.

Furthermore, on May 18 the customary informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will be held, during which the question of Kosovo will be discussed.

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