Elmar MammadyarovCommittee of Ministers’ Chairman, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Mammadyarov, presents his communication to PACE
[23/06/2014] Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Chairman of Committee of Ministers, presented his communication to the Parliamentary Assembly on 23 June, on the activities of the Committee of Ministers.
Minister Mammadyarov gave an overview of the key priorities of the chairmanship of his country, beginning with the fight against corruption, including the manipulation of sports competitions. The minister stressed that his country’s chairmanship will do its utmost to secure the adoption as soon as possible by the Committee of Ministers of the draft Council of Europe convention on the manipulation of sport competitions. The promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and reinforcing the Council of Europe’s various undertakings in the field of social cohesion are also among the priorities of the Azerbaijani chairmanship.
The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers also referred to the Vienna ministerial session on 6 May, underlining a number of issues, such as the development of the Council of Europe’s policy towards neighbouring regions and co-operation with the EU. Minister Mammadyarov also referred to the Committee's willingness to continue providing all assistance requested by the Ukrainian authorities with a view to consolidating democratic institutions in the country. Beyond Ukraine, Minister Mammadyarov mentioned other recent developments within the Committee of Ministers, in particular its decision last week to agree to the request by Kosovo(1) for membership to the Venice Commission.
- Video of the speech
- Address by Mr Elmar Mammadyarov
- Report by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers

(1) All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.