Ministers' Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/919/2.1a 15 March 20051
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919 Meeting, 16 March 2005
2 Political questions


2.1 Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Serbia and Montenegro
- Georgia
- Persons unaccounted for as a result of armed conflicts or internal violence in the Balkans – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1685 (2004) – Draft reply
- Belarus – The Mikhail Marynich affair
- Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro) – Reform of Local Government

Item prepared by the GR-EDS

Reference documents
GR-EDS(2005)CB4, SG/Inf(2005)5 and SG/Inf(2005)6 final

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Action

To take note of the synopsis of the meeting of GR-EDS held on 11 March 2005 and adopt the following decisions.

Financing assured: YES (subject to approval of decision 8)

DRAFT DECISIONS

919th meeting – 16 March 2005

Item 2.1a

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Serbia and Montenegro
- Georgia
- Persons unaccounted for as a result of armed conflicts or internal violence in the Balkans – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1685 (2004) – Draft reply
- Belarus – The Mikhail Marynich affair
- Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro) – Reform of Local Government
(GR-EDS(2005)CB4, SG/Inf(2005)5 and SG/Inf(2005)6 final)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the synopsis of the GR-EDS meeting held on 11 March 2005 (GR-EDS(2005)CB4);

with regard to Serbia and Montenegro

2. took note of the conclusions of the 7th quarterly report on the monitoring of compliance with the obligations and commitments by Serbia and Montenegro and the implementation of the post-accession cooperation programme for the period December 2004 – February 2005 (document SG/Inf(2005)5) and invited the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro and the two member states of the Union to act upon the recommendations contained therein, particularly those concerning constitutional and institutional reforms;

3. reiterated their request that the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro honour the obligations and commitments scheduled for the end of the second year of Council of Europe membership, in particular signature and ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities and the Protocols to it and the European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages, and signature of the revised European Social Charter;

4. welcomed the recent favourable developments in cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and encouraged the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro to continue their efforts to co-operate fully with the Tribunal;

5. invited the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro to inform them of the action taken on the recommendations in Part I of document SG/Inf(2005)5, in good time for the preparation of the Secretariat's next quarterly report;

with regard to Georgia

6. took note, in the light of the report on the monitoring of compliance with the obligations and commitments by Georgia (document SG/Inf(2005)6 final), of the progress made in honouring the commitments entered into upon accession to the Council of Europe;

7. invited the Georgian authorities to act upon the specific recommendations set out in Chapter VII of that report, together with those adopted at the 917th meeting of the Deputies (2 March 2005) (CM/Del/Dec(2005)917/2.1a), and the Venice Commission's recommendations concerning constitutional amendments relating to the functioning of the judiciary;

with regard to Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro)

8. authorised the Secretary General to accede to UNMIK's request and use the funds available in the field mission reserve (to the tune of € 108,000) to finance, as part of the implementation of the work programme on reform of local self-government in Kosovo, the Council of Europe's legislative expertise and to make available a project leader;

with regard to Belarus

9. appealed to the authorities of Belarus to ensure that, in view of his very poor state of health, Mikhail Marynich, the imprisoned Belarusian opposition leader, be treated with humanity and dignity, in accordance with the European Prison Rules;

10. invited the GR-EDS to examine this issue, notably in the light of any information provided by the Representative of Belarus to the Council of Europe.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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