Black Sea region should become the area of stability and prosperity, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, made the foregoing statement at the 36th plenary meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member-States in Saint-Petersburg, parliamentary press office reported.

Addressing the audience on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, V.Lytvyn declared that parliamentary assemblies of CIS and BSEC pursued the same goal, i.e. strengthening of cooperation between the countries and nations. He stressed that five PABSEC member states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are also members of CIS IPA.

Lytvyn believes that global and regional challenges make the inter-parliamentary cooperation essential. "The Black Sea region is critical for European politics, economy and energy security owing to its strategic location as the transit region at the crossroads of Europe, Middle East and Central Asia," V.Lytvyn stated. "Therefore, stability and sustainable development in the Black Sea region are topical in Europe and worldwide."    

V.Lytvyn declared that PABSEC attaches great importance to the consolidation of regional peace and security on the basis of democracy, supremacy of law, justice, respect for human rights, and international law.    

The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament focused on the growth of multilateral and bilateral cooperation between the BSEC states in the political, economic, and cultural spheres.

"According to our long-term political vision, the Black Sea region will become an area of stability and prosperity," he stated. "BSEC philosophy envisages that economic cooperation fosters regional stability and reduces political risks."

The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament supposes that parliament members can play a more important role in the alleviation of tension during the conflicts. Despite certain limitations, parliamentary diplomacy has its advantages, such as increase of awareness, mutual understanding via dialogue and regular contacts, and closer attention to every single state. "I would like to stress that parliamentary diplomacy is people´s diplomacy," the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada stated.  

V.Lytvyn informed about the outlooks of PABSEC. The next PABSEC General Assembly on the topic "Legislative Support of Transition to Green Economy" will be held in Kyiv on June 30-July 2, 2011.  Participants of the Assembly will discuss the use of genetically modified organisms, legislative backing of scientific-and-technological advance, and observance of sanitary regulations of the World Health Organization in the BSEC member states.  Moreover, a new PABSEC Secretary General will be elected.   

Summing up, V.Lytvyn expressed his content with active cooperation and dialogue between the PABSEC and CIS IPA. He expects its further development for the benefit of the nations.

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