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FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL: COE SESSION ACHIEVES LITTLE IN HELSINKI

 

Little was achieved at a session of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) committee of ministers, the Hungarian foreign ministry’s state secretary attending the event said on Friday.
The session was convened to mark the 70th anniversary of the CoE and evaluate its work, Levente Magyar said. However, it failed to discuss such important matters as the upcoming European Parliament elections, the future of Europe and the preservation of its values in depth, he said.
As an organisation much older than the European Union, the CoE’s main task has been to keep European countries in unity under the same standard of values, Magyar said. The council has, however, failed to fulfil this task over the past years, Magyar said, insisting that it had done nothing to prevent the violation of minority rights in Ukraine. At the session, Hungary proposed setting a new policy for protecting minority and human rights, an area of key importance for Hungary, he said.