17 April 2007 -NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS TO HOLD MAJOR EVENT IN TBILISI, GEORGIA
Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration will be at the centre of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 65th Rose-Roth seminar to be held in Tbilisi, 19-21 April, jointly organised with the Parliament of Georgia. Parliamentarians, together with academics, experts and government officials, will discuss the South Caucasus’ relations with the European Union and NATO, as well as the region’s security challenges, most notably the unresolved conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The meeting will be opened by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and NATO PA President José Lello, together with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burjanadze and the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Artis Pabriks.
Russian parliamentarians will participate for the first time in a NATO PA meeting in Georgia since political tensions seriously damaged relations between Moscow and Tbilisi in 2006. Andrey Kelin, Director of the CIS Department in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will also address the seminar.
The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, will brief parliamentarians on the Union’s role in the region.
Other sessions will be addressed amongst others, by Gela Bezhuashvili, Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgi Baramidze, Georgian Vice Prime Minister and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and Ambassador Roy Reeve, Head of the OSCE Mission to Tbilisi.