Upon the initiative of Mr. Cemal Ozturk, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation, and with the technical support of the PABSEC International Secretariat, on 7 May 2020, the Heads of the PABSEC National Delegations held an online videoconference meeting.
The meeting was attended by the Heads of National Delegations of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and Turkey, as well as the PABSEC Secretary General, secretaries of delegations of all PABSEC member countries and the members of the PABSEC International Secretariat.
During the meeting, the Heads of Delegation shared their countries' experience in combating coronavirus and spoke about the quarantine and normalization measures.
The PABSEC Secretary General invited participants to apply the online video-conference pattern until the normalization of the situation in the region and resumption of the international air traffic. He also suggested defining the topic for the next meetings of the three PABSEC committees, so that the secretaries of the committees could prepare documents in a timely manner.
The proposal was approved to take up the following issues at the autumn meetings of the committees: “The Role of Parliaments in Combatting Pandemic - Economic Aspect” in the Economic, Commercial, Technological and Environmental Affairs Committee; “The Role of Parliaments in Combatting Pandemic - Legal and Political Aspects” in the Legal and Political Affairs Committee; and “The Role of Parliaments in Combatting Pandemic – Social Aspect” in the Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee.
The Heads of Delegation agreed to meet in the same format later to discuss the possibilities of organizing the General Assembly and committee meetings.
The hope was expressed for speedy normalization of the situation and the constructive contribution of all delegations to the activities of the Assembly.