Winter session, Strasbourg - 24 - 28 January 2011

Parliamentary Assembly

A report on illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo was among the highlights of the winter plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 24 to 28 January 2011, along with addresses by the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül, the President of Serbia Boris Tadić, the President of Romania Traian Băsescu and the Prime Minister of Albania Sali Berisha.

There was a debate on the protection of journalists’ sources, with the participation of the President of the European Federation of Journalists Arne König. A series of reports concerning the former Yugoslavia are also due to be discussed, covering the protection of witnesses as a cornerstone for justice, the obligation to co-operate in prosecuting war crimes, and reconciliation and political dialogue between the countries of the region.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, presented the communication from the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly. Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, also addressed the Assembly.

Assembly decided to hold three urgent debates on Thursday 27, the subjects were be the recent violence against Christians in the Middle East, the situation in Belarus in the aftermath of the presidential election and the situation in Tunisia.

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