Reconsideration on substantial grounds of previously ratified credentials of the Russian delegation
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 1 October 2008 (33rd Sitting) (see Doc. 11726, report of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations
and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring
Committee), rapporteur: Mr Gross; and Doc. 11728, opinion of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities
and Institutional Affairs, rapporteur: Mr Greenway). Text adopted by the Assembly on
1 October 2008 (33rd Sitting).
1 On 12 September 2008, 24 members
of the Parliamentary Assembly signed a motion for a resolution requesting
the reconsideration on substantial grounds of previously ratified
credentials of the Russian delegation, under Rule 9.1 of the Rules
of Procedure of the Assembly and, in particular, “on the grounds
of serious violations of the basic principles of the Council of
Europe mentioned in the Preamble to the Statute” in relation to
“the conflict opposing two member states of the Council of Europe
in the South Caucasus”.
2 The Assembly considers that the recent war between Russia
and Georgia, two member states of the Organisation, constitutes
in itself a serious violation of the Statute of the Council of Europe
(ETS No. 1) and of their obligations and commitments as member states
of the Council of Europe.
3 However, the Assembly finds it essential at this stage to
ensure that dialogue and building of mutual trust can be pursued
between the two sides, but also between each of them and our Assembly.
In order for this dialogue to be constructive and meaningful, it
is essential that Russia implement the European Union brokered ceasefire
agreement and in particular that it withdraw its troops to positions
ex ante the war and allow the deployment of observers from the European
Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
4 The Assembly, having examined the matter, decides to confirm
the ratification of the credentials of the Russia delegation and
resolves that it can be seized again of the matter at any moment
in accordance with its rules and that a motion under Rule 9.1 may
be tabled again.