Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Žbogar takes part in 121st session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
Istanbul – Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Žbogar took part in the 121st session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers on 11 May in Istanbul. In his address, he thanked the Turkish Chairmanship for its successful work thus far, wishing Ukraine every success in its forthcoming six-month Chairmanship. He emphasised the role of the reform process and appealed to member states for the need to commence reform of the work of the Committee of Ministers, which would form part of the overall reform process.
Minister Žbogar stressed the importance of the conclusions of the Izmir Conference on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, and appealed for cooperation between the Council of Europe and other international organisations such as the EU, the OSCE and the UN. In light of recent events in the Mediterranean region, he emphasised the importance of the neighbourhood policy. He pointed out the importance of the work carried out by the organisation in the Western Balkans, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and highlighted the recent adoption of the Convention on preventing and combating violance against women and domestic violence as an example of this.
The ministers of the Council of Europe also reached conclusions on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe neighbourhood policy, and cooperation between the Council of Europe and the European Union. A presentation of the Report of the Group of Eminent Persons was led by former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer.
On the margins of the session, Minister Žbogar also held talks with the foreign ministers of San Marino and Liechtenstein.