The 86th Rose Roth Seminar organised by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly opened this morning in Baku. Delegations from the Parliament of NATO member states, as well as partner countries, and a number of representatives from NGOs and the think-tank community are also participating. The meeting was opened by the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Mr Ogtay Asadov.
The keynote speech was presented by Dennis Sammut, Executive Director of LINKS and a researcher at Oxford University. You can read the full text of Dennis Sammut's speech here.
The meeting is being held in an atmosphere of unusual openness.
An Armenian Parliamentary delegation travelled to Baku and is participating actively in the discussions at the event.
A number of Azerbaijani NGOs including some opposition activists are also participating. A statement issued by the Institute for Peace and Democracy calling for freedom of victims of political repression was distributed to participants.
Commonspace.eu will have updates from the baku event over the course of the next three days.
photo: The Armenian Delegation at a NATO PA Seminar in Baku on 16 June 2014 (picture courtesy of APA News Agency Baku).
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