Europe’s good practice of resolving ethnic conflicts was discussed in Gagauzia

Europe’s good practice of resolving ethnic conflicts was discussed in Gagauzia

The regulation of inter-ethnic relations in Europe” was the name of the seminar conducted in the city of Comrat on the 24th of September. The participants of the seminar were autonomy authorities, members of the executive committee, deputies of National Assembly of Gagauzia, and representatives of international organizations.

This event was organized by the European Centre for Minority Issues, together with the Executive Committee of Gagauzia.

As noted by the organizers, European countries have had a good experience in interethnic conflict and issue resolution. The event will also help “to draw a parallel” and use this experience in the field..

“This information could be useful in countries where are we implementing our project – in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. We are also counting on the fact that people participating in our events are aware of the problems and nuances of issues and they have something to tell,” said Alexander Osipov, the senior research associate of the European Centre for Minority Issues.

According to the news portal gagauzinfo.md, the director of the Center on Human Rights in Comrat, Svetlana Mironova, is sure that EU countries’ experience could be applied in the Republic of Moldova too.

“Once again, the parties addressing the issues of nationalities have come to a dead end and the reason for this is not only due to the lack of consensus, but because of emotions. To cool down these emotions, to give more knowledge, it is really important to organize such events, which show international experience and its applicability in our conditions,” said Mironova.

According to Petr Pashaly, the director of the Research Center named after Maria Marunevich, in the framework of the project the representatives of Gagauzian Autonomy plan to pay more attention to issues of implementation of the Law on special legal status of Gagauzia, and interaction with the central government.

He notes that: “Today people who are not aware of how conflicts were solved through compromise came to power. They want to solve all issues easily, without considering European standards, opinions of international commissions, which cannot be done.”

The project is implemented in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova by the European Centre for Minority Issues.

This news is translated from Russian, the original is available at: http://gagauzinfo.md/index.php?newsid=14253