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HELSINKI CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY AND SOUTH CAUCASIAN CENTER FOR PEACE CULTURE AND DIALOGUE OF CULTURES ANNOUNCES CONDUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE TOPIC: “PEACE UNDER EXPANDING GLOBALIZATION SITUATION: NEW GUIDING LINES OF EAST-WEST DIALOGUE”

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa) and South Caucasian Center for Peace Culture and Dialogue of Cultures (SCC PC DC), since 2000 have been held international conferences in the frame of “Baku – the bridge between East and West: dialogue of cultures and civilizations” program, called for strengthening trust and mutual understanding between representatives of different cultures and faiths. The first conference dedicated to conflicts in South Caucasus was held in the frame of 5th session of hCa (28-31 October, 2000). Just in that activity held in Baku representatives from 35 countries – conference participants asserted our city as “bridge” between East and West and it was designated as a place for holding international forums. The Assembly participants passed “Baku Call for Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations”.

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HCA IN THE CAUCASUS

The decision to form a Transcaucasian branch of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly was taken at the hCa Assembly in Bratislava in March 1992. Later that year, hCa committees were established in Armenia, Azerbaijan including Nagorno-Karabakh region, Georgia and an international peace caravan was organized in August 1992 during the war. The caravan went from Tbilisi, Georgia, where a one-day visit to South Ossetia was organized, and to Baku (Azerbaijan) from where some participants have visited Nagorno-Karabakh (region), and to Yerevan (Armenia), and back to Tbilisi. The visit of Arzu Abdullaeva (Chair of the Azerbaijan hCa) to Yerevan represented a major breakthrough at that time. A cease-fire was negotiated at the Kazakh-Ejevan border in order for the caravan to pass from Azerbaijan to Armenia and later a peace corridor was organized in that region where meetings of youth, women and even security forces took place.

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