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Today, the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will vote on the joint statement of the delegations of France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt that calls on Turkey to end its military operations on Syrian territory. The Estonian Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union intends to join this resolution.

Head of the Estonian delegation Aivar Kokk said that the military offensive launched by Turkey had caused dozens of civilian casualties within a few days. “According to the estimation of the UN, about 100,000 people have fled the combat zones, and this number is increasing rapidly. Turkey’s unilateral decision to launch the military operation threatens the ongoing peace negotiations and may cause new large-scale refugee crisis,” Kokk added.

This week, the Estonian Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) attends the 141st Assembly of the IPU in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The theme of the general debate of the Assembly is strengthening international law. The discussions will focus on the role of parliaments, and on regional cooperation.  Improving gender equality, empowerment of young people, protection of human rights and achieving universal health coverage will also be spoken about.

Members of the Estonian delegation Helle-Moonika Helme, Toomas Kivimägi and Marika Tuus-Laul also represent Estonia at the 141stAssembly of the IPU in Belgrade.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the oldest and largest global organisation of parliaments. It was established 130 years ago, and its membership is made up of 179 national parliaments from the entire world. Estonia was a member of the Union between 1921–1940, and restored its membership after regaining independence in 1991.

For more information, please contact: Aivar Kokk, +372 50 30 954

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