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The Hungarian delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) “considers the brutal Russian attacks targeting civilians and completely ignoring humanitarian rights unacceptable”, Zsolt Németh, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Monday. The Hungarian delegation of PACE joined a statement issued by the three leaders of the CoE condemning Monday’s Russian air strikes on Ukrainian cities, Németh told MTI. CoE Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić, PACE President Tiny Cox and President of the CoE’s Committee of Ministers Simon Coveney said that such a serious violation of international law could not go unpunished.
Németh said one of the main topics of this week’s PACE session in Strasbourg would be the preparation of the fourth CoE summit. The organisation last held a summit in 2005, but was urging another meeting in light of the war in Ukraine, he added. Németh said he had called for a report to be issued on the relationship between the CoE and the European Political Community (EPC) set up under the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this year. He underscored the importance of the CoE acting as a supplementary organisation to the EPC rather than as a rival. He said one of the CoE’s long-term tasks in the coming period would be to support the Western Balkan countries in shaping their rule-of-law norms.