Parliamentary Assembly session : 23 – 27 September 2002 

Press conference given by Walter Schwimmer

[26 SEP 2002] As the Secretary General recalled at his press conference today, on the European Day of Languages, knowledge of several languages makes it possible to develop communication and mutual understanding among European citizens. He presented the new Council of Europe portals under construction in German, Italian and Russian, which will be added to the existing portals in the two official languages. Mr Schwimmer also expressed his concern over the situation in Chechnya, Georgia and Moldova, saying that the settlement of their problems could only be achieved by peaceful means. He announced that he was about to appoint his representatives to Tbilisi and Chisinau.