New sub-committee to deal with ‘frozen conflicts’ to be created at PACE

A new sub-committee to deal with “conflicts between Council of Europe member states” is to be created at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

A sub-committee of the existing Monitoring Committee, it will deal with conflicts where active armed conflict is at an end, but no peace treaty has been signed which satisfies all the combatants. It will not be a conflict-resolution mechanism but aims to use parliamentary diplomacy to support existing resolution mechanisms.

In practice, the sub-committee is expected to deal initially with the conflicts over Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, northern Cyprus, Transnistria and Crimea as well as, pending developments, eastern Ukraine.

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