RUSSIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IGOR IVANOV MEETS WITH SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE WALTER SCHWIMMER
On April 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov received Walter Schwimmer, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, then in Moscow. During the talk, the sides discussed questions of further development of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe, including in the North Caucasus region.
It was noted that Russia attaches great importance to the development of relations with the Council of Europe and intends to actively participate in the realization of the task proclaimed by the Council of Europe of forming a Greater Europe without dividing lines. The necessity of using the potential of the Council of Europe for improving the legal base of combating new challenges, above all international terrorism, was pointed out.
It was emphasized on the Russian side that the antiterrorist operation in the Chechen Republic should be regarded as a part of the collective international efforts in the struggle against this evil. Its objective is the restoration of the security and rights of the citizens of the Chechen Republic. Cooperation by Russia with the Council of Europe is called upon to aid the implementation of the task set by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in his Address to the Federal Assembly, that of returning Chechnya into the politico-legal field of Russia.
The sides agreed to continue the discussion of specific forms of cooperation in the North Caucasus in a number of areas, including personnel training, the perfecting of legislation, the restoration of the education system and social rehabilitation of children.