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Ukraine, threat to international law to be discussed at parliamentary forum in Moscow

June 26, 2014, 13:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
State Duma Deputy Speaker Sregi Zheleznyak says one of the central topics for discussion will be a search for peaceful solutions for regions where military conflicts are underway
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MOSCOW, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Participants of an international parliamentary forum that is to be held in Moscow on Thursday will discuss modern threats to the norms of international law and parliamentary cooperation institutions and will try to find peaceful ways out of the Ukrainian crisis.

For the first time for its three-year history, the forum will be held not in fall but in summer. The lower house of parliament, the State Duma, said the decision was made due to a complicated international situation.

“One of the central topics for discussion will be a search for peaceful solutions for regions where military conflicts are underway, including the area of the Kiev regime’s punitive operation in Novorossiya (Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine),” State Duma Deputy Speaker, Sergei Zheleznyak, told journalists.

“The forum will serve an open exchange of information and opinions on the most urgent problems,” Zheleznyak said, adding that State Duma MPs hold an active position on the issue of resolving a public, political and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Besides, the politician said the forum participants will consider new opportunities for a parliamentary dialogue emerging in conditions of the dynamically changing multi-polar world and sum up the lessons of global conflicts.

Despite restrictive measures adopted by the European Union regarding cooperation with Russia this year, representatives of supreme legislative bodies from over 20 European countries will attend the “congress of legislators”. Overall, some 200 people from 70 countries are expected to arrive in Moscow for the event.

“The number of foreign representatives who expressed the desire to participate in the forum and countries that they represent has more than doubled since last year, which shows that international dialogue and parliamentary diplomacy are becoming more urgent in the modern world,” the State Duma’s public relations department said.

All countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), South Ossetia and Abkhazia, BRICS parliamentarians and experts will take part in the forum. Russia will be represented by State Duma deputies, members of the upper house - the Federation Council, executive authorities, political scientists, legal and other experts.

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