MINELRES: SURI press release: International attention to problems of national minorities in Russia

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Press release                 Tallinn, 1st November 2005
For immediate release

Tallinn, Estonia
Phone/fax:      (+372) 644 9270
E-mail:         suri@suri.ee

International attention to problems of national minorities in the
Russian Federation is not decreasing

The foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, meeting with
Rolf Ekeus, High Commissioner for National Minorities of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), raised the
issue of Russia's national minorities last Wednesday, 26th October,
speaking about problems in Mari El, Chechnya, Koryakia and Buryatia.

Chairman of the committee Enn Eesmaa said Estonia is particularly
interested in the welfare of Finno-Ugric people, adding that members of
parliament were actively dealing with the issue in different
parliamentary assemblies, a spokesman for the parliament reported.

Ekeus said that he had given little attention to issues of national
minorities in Russia. He said that the problems had more often to do
with politics and security than with ethnicity.

Estonia follows developments of situation with Finno-Ugric peoples in
Russia. For example, Estonian representatives participate in the
international seminar “The enlargement of the Consultative Committees’
activities within the international cooperation”, in Syktyvkar, Komi
Republic, Russian Federation, 10th – 13th of November 2005.

Estonian member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Katrin Saks, who prepares the Report on the situation of Finno-Ugric
peoples in Russia, is invited to the seminar.

The seminar is organized to develop the international cooperation of the
Finno-Ugric national organizations with the international structures,
especially European ones. Evidently, it concerns also the Organization
for Security and Co-operation in Europe, one of the main international
organizations in Europe.

This approach shows that leaders of Finno-Ugric movements realize that
international attention is crucial in solution of problems caused by
inter-ethnic tensions.

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