Italian Michele Nicoletti becomes new PACE president

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nicoletti insists on the continuation of the dialogue with the Russian parliament
14:31, 22 January 2018


Michele Nicoletti from Italy was elected as the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as the press service of PACE reported on Twitter.

‘Warm congratulations to Michele Nicoletti from Italy, who has just been elected as the Assembly's 31st President!’, the message said.

His appointment to this position took place on January 22 during the opening of the January PACE session in Strasbourg.

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Newly-elected PACE president noted that he will insist on the continuation of the dialogue with the Russian parliament. He expressed the regret that Russia refused from the participation in the work of the Assembly as European Truth reported.

‘It's unfortunate that the parliament of Russia did not send the delegation for the 2018 session. Nevertheless, the dialogue with the Russian parliament will continue’, he said. At the same time, Nicoletti did not specify the form of the cooperation.

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In its turn, the Ukrainian parliament expects that Nicoletti will take the objective position and will demand from Russia the fulfillment of the PACE resolution.

‘He (Michele Nicoletti) possesses great pro-Russian lobby that attempts to influence the situation, including they attempt to influence on new president Mr. Nicoletti. We hope that Nicoletti will take the balanced position and will demand the main from Russia to fulfill the PACE resolutions that were already adopted. The issue is about the war in Donbas, de-occupation of Crimea, human rights and other issues’, Oleksy Honcharenko, the Ukrainian MP claimed to 112 Ukraine.  

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As we reported earlier Russia did not send its delegation to the January session at the(PACE) due to the fact that the amendments to the regulation 'on the protection of the rights of the national delegations from the discrimination' were not made. 

Earlier 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up, Volodymyr Ariev, the head of Ukraine’s PACE delegation said.

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In October, PACE approved the resolution, which stipulates the necessity to harmonize the rules of membership and representation of member countries in the PACE and the ministerial committee. Due to the approval of this document, PACE now may restore the membership of the Russian delegation. Ukraine offered amendments to the resolution but they were denied.  

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