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The challenge of multicultural societies: a top priority for the Council of Europe

PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu has pledged the Assembly's full support for the priorities of the new Turkish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, particularly its work to address the current challenges of multicultural societies. During an exchange of views with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at a meeting of PACE's Standing Committee in Antalya, the President said the Assembly had "a wealth of ideas and concrete proposals" to contribute on this topic.

The Assembly would be holding a debate on the religious dimension of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in April 2011 with the participation of religious leaders, the President pointed out, and will be contributing to the forthcoming Eminent Persons' report on "Living together in 21st century Europe".