It is unlikely that the issue of restoring the rights
of the Russian delegation will be raised at the present
session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe (PACE). Such opinion was expressed by one
of the leaders of the Yabloko movement Sergei Ivanenko
in an interview in Strasbourg, where a session of
PACE was scheduled to open on September 25.
“I think that the conflict between PACE and the Russian
delegation has somewhat levelled out and switched
from an acute form to a chronic one, said Ivanenko.
– In my opinion, the issue of restoring the rights
of the Russian delegation is purely technical and
both sides are interested in resolving the problem,
According to Ivanenko, “the real decisions will be
adopted in January,when PACE will have to confirm
the proxies of the majority of its delegations pursuant
to its regulations”.
“Today, explained Ivanenko, there is no time for
this, as such a decision may only be initiated by
the speaker on the situation in Chechnya, Lord Judd,
who, as I know, has not yet prepared his report and
is still thinking about the wording”.
At the same time Ivanenko expressed his view that
“the issue of proxies for our delegation is exaggerated
in Russia”. “It is hurtful, but not the main issue,”
According to Ivanenko, the representatives of Yabloko
are participating in the present session of PACE as
fully-fledged members of the faction of liberal democrats.
" PACE is built on a party, rather than nationality
principle, and we work in this faction,” said Ivanenko.
He also said that Yabloko representatives had submitted
at the summer session of PACE a draft resolution on
the freedom of the mass media in Russia. “On Wednesday
it will be considered at the meeting of the Committee
for Culture. We hope, that this issue, including a
corresponding report will be included in the agenda
of the January session of PACE,” said Sergei Ivanenko.
He also stressed that the Russian delegates in PACE
“should strive to obtain a better understanding of
European problems, rather than simply come here with
the sole task of convincing everyone that everything
is fine in Chechnya. And the only means to find a
solution to a problem is provided by contacts, negotiations
and definite work. No one is interested in confrontation,”
He also expressed his opinion that the tragedy with
the “Kursk” submarine “demonstrated who is our friend
and who is our enemy.” “The British and Norwegian
rescue teams honestly and dynamically tried to help,
and the common people, first and foremost in Europe,
honestly shared their condolences with us – all this
indicates where we should look for friends and not
seek enemies there,” added Ivanenko.
Based on Interfax reports.
of Yabloko faction to participate in the PACE session