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31 May-01 June 2002

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CASABLANCA COUNCIL - Peace, Security, Development

31 May-01 June 2002


The Council of the Socialist International, meeting in Casablanca on 31 May - 1 June 2002,

Considering the positive influence the SI can have in the search for just and lasting resolutions of regional conflicts;

Considering the increasing geopolitical, strategic and economic importance of the South Caucasus in world affairs;

Considering that the unresolved conflicts of the South Caucasus threaten the stability and peace in the region;

Considering that the rule of law, democracy and respect of human rights are prerequisites for and can best flourish in times of peace and stability.

- The Socialist International will closely monitor the developments in the South Caucasus, through its Committee for Central and Eastern Europe and the SI Committee on Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, in order to assist in the search for peaceful resolutions to the conflicts in the region, and specifically to the Nagorny-Karabakh conflict, based on justice and international law.

- Furthermore, the Socialist International will utilise its positive influence towards preventing current problems from escalating into full-scale conflicts. In this regard, the SI will assist the international community, the Georgian government and the local NGOs in resolving the socio-economic, cultural and political problems facing the Armenian population in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia.