MOSCOW TO HOST CONFERENCE OF SELF-PROCLAIMED REPUBLICS

RIA news agency
12 Sep 05

Moscow, 12 September: The conference "Parallel CIS: Abkhazia,
Dniester region, South Ossetia and Nagornyy Karabakh as realities of
the post-Soviet space" will be held in Moscow on 14-15 September,
RIA-Novosti learnt today at the press service of the Institute of
CIS Countries, which is one of the organizers of the event.

The agency's source said the forum will be attended by representatives
of self-proclaimed states, Russian State Duma deputies, scientists,
experts and famous Russian political scientists. The Dniester region
will be represented by the president of this self-proclaimed republic,
Igor Smirnov, Abkhazia by Security Council secretary Stanislav Lakoba,
South Ossetia by culture minister Konstantin Pukhayev and Nagornyy
Karabakh by minister for education, culture and sport Kamo Atayan.

As part of the conference, a round table discussion, "The right to
religious freedom in conflict zones", will be held on 15 September. The
discussion will be chaired by the human rights commission of the
Interparliamentary Orthodox assembly. The press service of the
institute reported that the discussion will be attended by MPs from
Russia, Syria, the Palestinian National Authority, Estonia and Armenia
and by clergymen for conflict zones.