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12 мая 2020 года Министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередов принял участие в заседании Совета Министров иностранных дел государств-участников Содружества Независимых Государств, которое прошло в формате видеоконференции.

На встрече приняли участие министры иностранных дел государств-участников Содружества, а также Председатель Исполнительного Комитета – Исполнительный Секретарь СНГ С.H.Лебедев.

В ходе конструктивных дискуссий, стороны обсудили ряд важных вопросов, касающихся взаимодействия стран в рамках Содружества ввиду эпидемиологической ситуации в мире. Состоялся обмен мнениями по ключевым аспектам региональной и мировой повестки дня, включая обеспечение мира и безопасности, противодействие современным угрозам и вызовам, биологическая и экологическая безопасность, а также другие насущные вопросы партнерства, представляющие взаимный интерес.

Обсуждались совместные действия государств-участников Содружества Независимых Государств в противодействии пандемии. В данной связи особо отмечена необходимость налаживания эффективных механизмов взаимодействия. Министр Р.Мередов отметил целесообразность рассмотрения вопроса по налаживанию контактов между учеными-медиками, практикующими врачами по линии научной дипломатии. Он отметил, что «такой подход к системной работе на профессиональном уровне был инициирован Президентом Туркменистана в ходе недавно прошедшего Саммита Движения Неприсоединения».

Детально рассмотрена договорно-правовая база взаимодействия, включая координацию подходов и позиций стран СНГ в рамках международных организаций, преимущественно ООН, ОБСЕ, ЕС и ШОС. В данном контексте речь шла о значимости укрепления доверия и утверждения культуры диалога в межгосударственных отношениях, особенно при разрешении возникающих споров и противоречий.

Стороны также подтвердили важность расширения сотрудничества в сфере экономики, энергетики, науки и образования, а также в области разработки и внедрения в ключевые отрасли экономики инноваций и передовых технологий.

По итогам заседания состоялось подписание ряда документов, включая Решения «О Плане многоуровневых межмидовских консультаций в рамках Содружества Независимых Государств на 2019 год и о Плане на 2020 год», «О Стратегии развития сотрудничества государств – участников Содружества Независимых Государств в области физической культуры и спорта на 2021–2030 годы», «О реализации в 2022 году Межгосударственной программы «Культурные столицы Содружества».

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On May 12, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov attended a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was held in a video conference format.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth member states, as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary S.N.Lebedev.

During constructive negotiations, the parties discussed a number of important issues relating to the interaction of countries within the Commonwealth in view of the epidemiological situation in the world. An exchange of views took place on key aspects of the regional and world agenda, including ensuring peace and security, countering modern threats and challenges, biological and environmental security, as well as other pressing issues of partnership of mutual interest.

The joint actions of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States in countering the pandemic were discussed. In this regard, the need to establish effective mechanisms of interaction was emphasized. Minister R. Meredov noted the advisability of considering the issue of establishing contacts between medical scientists, medical practitioners through scientific diplomacy. He noted that "such an approach to systematic work at a professional level was initiated by the President of Turkmenistan during the recent Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement".

The legal base of interaction was examined in detail, including the coordination of approaches and positions of the CIS countries within the framework of international organizations, mainly the UN, OSCE, EU and SCO. In this context, it was about the importance of building confidence and establishing a culture of dialogue in interstate relations, especially when resolving disputes and contradictions that arise.

The parties also confirmed the importance of expanding cooperation in the field of economics, energy, science and education, as well as in the development and implementation of innovations and advanced technologies in key sectors of the economy.

Upon the outcomes of the session, the signing of a number of documents took place, including “On the Plan of Multilevel Inter-MFA Consultations in the Framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2019 and on the Plan for 2020,” “On the Strategy for the Development of Cooperation of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the field of physical culture and sports for 2021–2030” and “On the implementation in 2022 of the Interstate program “Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth”.

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Every year, thousands of children across Council of Europe member states are involved in judicial proceedings. Whether a victim of crime or in conflict with the law, they are often vulnerable and in need of protection: in other words, they need justice systems to be “child-friendly”.

Promoting child-friendly restorative justice and exchanging best practices in this area has been one of the priorities of the Georgian Presidency of the Council of Europe.

Today, the Council of Europe has published a set of statements and resources on restorative justice and participation of children in judicial proceedings that were meant to be presented at a high-level conference in Strasbourg cancelled due to the COVID 19 health crisis in Europe.

The crisis and particularly the introduction of broad confinement measures in an effort to save lives were mentioned by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić in her welcome message. “However, confinement can leave children locked in with their abusers, with little opportunity to raise the alarm”, she warned. “These children must have a place to go with access to professionals who can help them to piece their lives back together”.

The difficulties in accessing justice is not something new, Secretary General Burić underlined. “Victims may experience fear, shame and feel that they are among the least likely groups to be heard or have their views taken into account during judicial processes,” she stated. “Our justice systems must help them to overcome the trauma, not compound it.”

In her statement Thea Tsulukiani, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Georgia presented the Georgian national experience with restorative justice for children in conflict with law since the launch of reforms several years ago. “Breaking away with the zero-tolerance in the juvenile justice system highlighting criminal sanctions and massive use of detention rather than non-custodial alternatives, prevalent in Georgia before 2012, was the single biggest challenge that we encountered.”

The Juvenile Justice Code adopted in 2015 introduced an entirely new philosophy for children in conflict with the law, where non-custodial measures were made a default and criminal sanction the exception, the Minister said.

“We are making maximum use of diversion and mediation for children and young people under the Code whereby juveniles are dealt with without resorting to judicial proceedings or trial with human rights and legal safeguards respected”, she stated. “It is an encouragement offered to young people in conflict with the law to return to law-abiding life without punishment nor conviction, in exchange for voluntary participation in the programmes tailored to their needs, with the involvement of an independent and neutral person – a mediator,” the Minister explained, stressing that as of 2019, only 9% of juveniles previously involved in diversion/mediation programs committed crime again.

The creation of a Child Referral Mechanism and Referral Centre for juveniles in January 2020, and the introduction of “micro prisons” (family-type establishments), with the first two to be operational by the end of 2021, are examples of the holistic approach to child-friendly justice, Minister Tsulukiani said.

All the documents and statements, including those by Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of the European Court of Human Rights, by Irakli SHOTADZE, General Prosecutor of Georgia,  Stefan SCHENNACH, member of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Maria-Andriani KOSTOPOULOU, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child of the Council of Europe and Drahoslav ŠTEFÁNEK, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, can be found on the dedicated page.

Source: https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/justice-systems-must-help-children-overcome-fear-and-trauma-not-make-them-worse 

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David Zalkaliani, President of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, made the following statement to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War:

“Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe - the most devastating war in history, which claimed millions of lives and brought immense suffering.

“This day of commemoration and remembrance offers an opportunity for us to express our profound respect and admiration to all who gave their lives for humanity.

“We have to make sure that such atrocities do not take place again. The best way to achieve this is to adhere to international law and recommit ourselves to the universal principles we all embraced in the aftermath of the war.

“By commemorating this important anniversary, it is of utmost importance to reaffirm our commitment to a peaceful, secure and stable Europe, as it still faces conflicts and other serious challenges that require immediate cooperation and joint efforts.”

Source: https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/end-of-wwii-statement-by-david-zalkaliani

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