PACE session to have Kosovo debate

The summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) begins in Strasbourg on Monday, and will include a debate on Kosovo.

The session, which will be closed on June 25, will also be attended by the permanent delegation of the Serbian parliament, headed by Dragoljub Mićunović.

Rapporteur of the PACE Political Affairs Committee and former Swedish defense minister Bjorn von Sydow will submit his report on Kosovo on Tuesday, June 22, and the resolution based on his report is expected to be adopted at the session.

Sydow stressed the neutrality of the Council of Europe regarding the situation in Kosovo, adding that he primarily insists on Kosovo standards, rather than status.

In his report, he underscored a bad situation in the province concerning the rule of law, adding that “there are problems of minority communities and corruption, including in institutions”.

During the summer session, PACE will also discuss the tension in the Middle East, the report on the swine flu pandemic, Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia in Europe, as well as the legal regulations for the prevention of human rights violations in northern Caucasus.

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