PACE proposes urgent debate on Afghanistan

The session may also discuss increased migration pressure on the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with Belarus

PACE proposes urgent debate on Afghanistan

Extraordinary debates on the situation in Afghanistan may take place as part of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will be held in Strasbourg in late September. This was reported by the organisation’s press service.

“Urgent debates have been requested on the situation in Afghanistan, on increased migration pressure on the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with Belarus, as well as on the new draft protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime,” reads a statement issued on Tuesday. In addition, the assembly secretariat has received two requests for a debate in the current format (without resolutions on the outcome) on links between the EU and the Western Balkans, and on “political persecution of indigenous peoples in Crimea by Russia”.

The decision to hold an urgent debate, as well as a debate in the current format, is taken on the first day of the session when the agenda is adopted. According to the PACE regulations, no more than two urgent debates and two current debates are allowed during the session, so at least one of the “urgent” topics will be rejected.

PACE will hold its autumn session from 27 to 30 September in Strasbourg. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it will take place in a hybrid format with a limited presence of parliamentarians on the ground. The main focus will be on climate and environmental issues, but a debate on the consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is also on the agenda.

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