Europe initiates new neighborhood policy

14:26, May 12, 2011      

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Secretary General of the Council of Europe (COE) Thorbjorn Jagland said here Wednesday that the council initiated a new neighborhood policy and had began working in Tunisia and Morocco.

"We initiated a new neighborhood policy in the Council of Europe. There is a great need for such a policy at this time," Jagland said.

The COE had started its work in Tunisia and Morocco, including publishing a report prepared by the council's Group of Eminent Persons. "This report will show how coexistence can take place in Europe with all the differences," Jagland said.

"We began working with Tunisian officials and the Venice Commission made advices on new laws, organizing elections and preparing a constitution in Tunisia," Jagland said, adding that " We are also holding talks in Morocco and Egypt."

Jagland made the statement at a joint press conference held in Istanbul with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, where Turkey handed over to Ukraine the presidency of the COE Ministerial Committee.

Turkey assumed the presidency of the committee for a six-month term on November 10, 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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