COE Boosts Democratization Effort

by Nathan Hamm on 5/27/2005 · 1 comment

RFE/RL reports that the Council of Europe wants to deepen its relationship with Central Asian states and increase support for democratization.

Council Secretary-General Davis said a “softly, softly” approach will be used to increase dialoge with what he calls “our neighbors.”

“We are not approaching [this project] like missioneries; we are approaching it as friends and neighbors who want to encourage people to raise the level of human rights and democracy, not only inside Europe, but in the countries around Europe,” Davis said.

Davis, speaking to RFE/RL from the council’s headquarters in Strasbourg, said he envisages a genuine two-way dialogue, not an imposition of ideas from outside.

“This is in everybody’s interest, we can learn from our neighbors as well as they learning from us, I want everyone to understand that this is a two-way process, and that secondly, we have some very strong common interests, not least, the struggle against terrorism, and the defence of human rights, and the extension of democracy,” Davis says.

Contacts with Central Asia are being developed in the first instance by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which is seeking dialogue with parliamentarians in the Central Asian republics.

I wish them better luck than the OSCE has ahd.

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Tim Russo May 27, 2005 at 9:27 am

COE has been rubber stamping elections much longer than OSCE. ‘softly softly’ is their already established policy. this will go precisely nowhere.

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