YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The OSCE-initiated third regular seminar on the post-conflict rehabilitation efforts was held in Tbilisi–Georgia–January 26. The two-day seminar was the last preparatory arrangement on the threshold of the OSCE 8th economic forum to be held in Prague in February.
Participating in the seminar were delegates from over 50 countries. The Armenian delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration Firdus Zakarian.
The OSCE "field representatives" in the conflict zones made reports on Georgia–Moldova–Tajikistan and other countries. After being discussed–the reports are to underline the proposals to be made at the Prague forum. The reports deal with the tasks of post-conflict economic rehabilitation in individual countries These tasks will be submitted to donor-states for financing.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar–UN Economic Representative Robert Novak pointed out that no country must settle conflicts at the expense of democratic principles and human rights. The participants in the seminar expressed concern that the low living standards in most of the post-Soviet countries result in conflicts arising there.