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     12. International round table in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

 

Round Table Discussion organized by the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the International Group of Parliamentarians on the Problem of Chechnya

Possibilities of Peace in Chechnya

P R O G R A M M E


18 April 2008
Constitution Hall of the Seimas
53 Gedimino ave., Vilnius

Beginning: 9.30
Chaired by: Rytas Kupčinskas, Chairman of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and Algirdas Endriukaitis, Secretary General of the International Group of Parliamentarians on the Problem of Chechnya

Introductory remarks by Rytas Kupčinskas

Welcoming speech by Andrius Kubilius, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

Welcoming speech by Arminas Lydeka, Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

Jaromir Stetina, Senator of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Documentary film - The Dark Side of the World

Andres Herkel, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
Human Rights in Chechnya and the Council of Europe

Dr. Dainius Žalimas, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University

Ivar Amundsen, Director of the Chechen Peace Forum
The destruction of Chechnya – its purpose in Russian power play. Our European obligations to contribute to justice and peace.

Karl Erik Foverskov, representative of Danish-Chechen Committee

Algirdas Endriukaitis, Secretary General of the International Group of Parliamentarians on the Problem of Chechnya
Truth and Justice Cannot Be Neglected

Romualdas Ozolas, Signatory to the Act of 11 March
National State Principle

Aminat Saijeva, representative of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in Lithuania
History the Chechen Genocide

Adam Borowsky, Honorary Consul of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in Poland
Chechen Diaspora in Poland

Madina Magomadova, representative from Chechnya

Arbi Khachukaev, representative from Chechnya
Chechnya Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Dik Altemirov, representative from Chechnya
Peace in Chechnya and the Public Attitude in the World to the Tragedy in Chechnya

Mayrbek Tsutsaev, representative of Chechen diaspora in Sweden
The Development of the Situation in Chechnya and Solutions

Questions, remarks, discussions, proposals

Adoption of the Resolution

Registration of participants: 9.00
Coffee Break: 11.00 – 11.30
Lunch: 13.00 – 14.00
Duration of interventions: speech – 7 min., remark– 4 min., answer - 2 min., question – 1 min.
Contact telephone: +37061131325

    

 

 

 

GROUP FOR INTERPARLIAMENTARY RELATIONS WITH THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC OF ICHKERIA UNDER THE SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF PARLIAMENTARIANS ON THE PROBLEM OF CHECHNYA
APPEAL
OF THE ROUND TABLE PARTICIPANTS
VILNIUS, 18 April 2008
Mr. HANS-GERT PÖTTERING
SPEAKER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Mr. LLUIS MARIA DE PUIG
PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Mr. ALEXANDER STUBB
OSCE CHAIRMAN
ISSUES OF LAW, JUSTICE AND PEACE CANNOT BE NEGLECTED

     The perfect global order everyone desires can only be based on relations grounded in wisdom and justice. If we open the books of the globally distinguished wise men we will find plentiful advice on behaviour and actions, even if we are not ignorant and unable to know the light from the darkness. We think that Russia is allowed to act without shouldering any responsibility. This is not the result of ignorance or failure to understand. The reason for that is the vile agreement with conscience and materialistic selfishness, which leads to the abyss of dehumanisation.
     There is no period of limitation for crimes against truth and the right to live and recreate. The Australian government has recently apologised for the old historical wrongs and made piece with the aboriginal indigenous people. This generous act sets a good example for the entire humanity.
Ms Leni Fischer, a distinguished German politician, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said in March 1996: “Chechnya never signed under the document establishing the Russian Federation.” This was the case at all times: in the Tsarist Russian empire, during the Bolshevik rule, during the universal deportation of the Chechen population, and during the several recent decades.
     Mr Anatolij Kulikov, the Russian Minister said in the same year: “The presence of the Russian army in Chechnya is the key argument telling us that Chechnya is part of Russia.” The global
community is free to choose any of the two opinions.
     Both individuals and nations have the fundamental right to freedom. We observe the horrendous legal, political, social and moral situation of the   Chechen nation. As heads and leaders of especially significant organisations, you can understand that as well, but it is obvious that you have not done all you could to remedy the situation. We call for the definition and solution of the crisis in Chechnya for the sake of your families, your nations and for your own sake. There are enough international law provisions that allow taking stock of the life and suffering of the Chechen nation through monitoring the situation; keeping silent entails acceptance of the violence and expansion of horror throughout Europe.
     For the benefit of the international law, we invite you to take a stance of principle, constantly and openly discuss the Chechen problem in your institution, as this problem has now silently passed into non-existence. We think that the main subject for the Council of Europe should be ensuring that Russia fulfils its legal obligations undertaken just before becoming member of this organization. We also call for the organisation of a wide-ranging international conference to discuss the issues of survival and self-determination of the Chechen nation. Otherwise on the historical perspective, the rights and the freedoms will remain an empty word uttered in the context of international standards, priority will be given to acknowledgment and acceptance of violence in the international relations, and this could be termed as your failure to carry out your responsibilities. It is hard work, but it is worth every effort.
     Chairman of the Round Table Rytas Kupčinskas
     Secretary of the Round Table Algirdas Endriukaitis

 

 

 

 

 

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