IN RELATION TO THE START OF THE WORK OF THE OSCE SEMINAR ON "JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND HUMAN RIGHTS"
Unofficial translation from Russian
A representative OSCE seminar on the theme "Judicial System and Human Rights" began work in Warsaw on April 23. This event, in which the experts of all the 55 OSCE participating states are taking part, was all but marred with the prospect of the appearance at the forum of members of the so called Chechen Information Center, which figures in Poland as a national non-governmental organization. With the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the OSCE and leadership of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - the organizer of the seminar - that attempt was foiled and the work of the forum was placed in a normal working mode. The mood of the seminar participants was thus reaffirmed for engaging in real work, and not playing into the hands of the forces which would like to use the OSCE platform for implementing their extremist plans.
The Russian side cherishes relations with Poland, now acquiring a new quality. That's why we have repeatedly asked Polish authorities to remove the unnecessary strain around the presence on the Republic of Poland territory of the "Chechen Information Center" and a number of other organizations whose activities create hindrances to the normal work of international institutions.
April 23, 2002