Members of Georgian delegation have refused to participate in the event marking the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, with Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia following its lead.
As The head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Elizaveta Yasko noted in her Facebook post that The Council of Europe has lost its authority due to its refusal to pursue non-recognition policy.
In addition, she publicized the statement of the Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian delegations to PACE on refusal to participate in the events marking the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe.
“This year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can see that the values and standards of this institution are seriously compromised and authority of the Parliamentary Assembly is significantly weakened. Unfortunately, new developments occurred in June of 2019, and the Assembly adopted the resolution at its Spring Session on restoring Russian delegation’s rights to vote and carry out other procedures. By this decision, the majority within the Assembly ignored permanent violation of human rights, the instances of abduction, illegal occupation and annexation, illegal detentions and the war against its neighbors, which Russia still continues,” reads the statement.