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State Duma delegation attends a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy

State Duma delegation attends a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy
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10 December 2021 year 17:51

A delegation of the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly attended a meeting of the International Secretariat of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (IPAO) on Corfu. 

The delegation included Ms Anna Kuznetzova, State Duma vice-chair; Sergey Gavrilov, chairman of the Committee on Ownership, Land and Property Relations; Yaroslav Nilov, chairman of the Committee on  Labour, Social Policy and Veterans' Affairs; Constantine Zatulin, first vice-chairman of the Committee on Issues of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Contacts with Fellow Countryman; Alexey Chepa, fist vice-chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, Patriarchia.ru reports with reference to the IPAO press-service. 

The meeting was physically attended by representatives of Russia, Albania, Armenia, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Romania, Serbia and Syria. Representatives of fifteen countries took part in the meeting virtually. 

“The meeting of the Secretariat is a visible evidence of the fact that the IPAO continues its work despite all the restrictions linked with the spread of the coronavirus infection, and this work is of special importance in the present international situation”, Sergey Gavrilov noted. 

He said that the agenda of the meeting was formed taking into account the new challenges. 

“In 2023, our Assembly will mark the 30th anniversary since its creation, and all these years we have joined efforts to build a model of international relations based on both the mutual respect for shared religious values and the distinctive features of national traditions”, the IPAO president said, “the Assembly has to work in a situation of resistance to various threats, both ecological and thechnogenic and military.  At the same time, the recent years have seen, along with the already customary threats of international terrorism, a new threat - the growing race of modern arms. We have joined our efforts to develop as many as possible approaches shared by all of us to the solution of existing problems with the aim to preserve and strengthen even the fragile peace that exists today”. 

Participants in the meeting pointed to the need to improve the relations between nations and to stabilize the situation in conflict zones and had a frank discussion on the grave consequences of non-canonical decisions and on the responsibility to preserve the unity of the world Orthodox community. Sergey Gavrilov pointed out that geopolitical considerations should not become a threat to the unity of the world Orthodox community. 

The meeting approved the report on the work carried out by the IPAO from July to December 2021 and outlined a plan for future work to strengthen and broaden contacts between political, parliamentary, ecclesiastical, academic and religious leaders and civil society institutions and to organize “a dialogue on human rights and peaceful co-existence of the nations”.

Summing up the work of the meeting, Sergey Gavrilov outlined the basic areas of the organisation’s work ahead:

Along with other international political, parliamentary organizations, to continue dialogue of nations on opposing terrorism, extremism and other contemporary threats and challenges;
To continue dialogue between countries for smoothing the hotbeds of tension in countries of Orthodox tradition, such as, for instance, Ukraine, Montenegro, etc., for lowering the confrontation and conflict potential in the world Orthodox community; 
To prepare on the highest parliamentary level the politico-diplomatic measures and mechanisms of responding to situations threatening to the peace, security and stability in European countries.

The IPAO head reminded the meeting that the membership of the State Duma delegation changed after the parliamentary elections held this autumn. “The new members are ready to take an active part in the work of the Assembly with the aim to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation with colleagues from other delegations, to defend together our common religious and moral traditions and values”, Sergey Gavrilov stressed. 

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 The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy is an inter-parliamentary body, which was established in 1993 on the initiative the Greek Parliament. Today, the IPAO is composed of parliamentary delegations from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Latvia. Lebanon, Moldavia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Palestine, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine, in some cases from Lithuania and Finland, as well as MP groups and individual MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, USA and Uganda. The IPAO highest body is the General Assembly of its members held once a year. It is attended by parliamentary delegations formed by the parliaments of the above-mentioned countries. The IPAO International Secretariat is the executive body that meets by the IPAO decision in the course of year. 

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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