Strasbourg, 08.09.2006 – The crisis in Lebanon, the ongoing violence in Iraq and the situation in Gaza are among issues to be discussed at a hearing on the situation in the Middle East organised by the Political Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Tuesday 12 September 2006.
Parliamentarians from Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian Legislative Council are expected to attend, and legislators from Lebanon and Syria have also been invited.
Leo Brincat (Malta, SOC), who visited Lebanon in June, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, will also give his assessment of possibilities for co-operation between the Council of Europe and Lebanon.
In January 2005 the Parliamentary Assembly resolved to facilitate contacts between members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Knesset, which holds observer status with PACE.
Venue: Chamber of Commerce, İncirlipınar Mah. 16. Sokak, Gaziantep, Turkey.
Date and time: Tuesday 12 September (9.30 a.m.)
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