Thursday, April 13, 2006

Post-Soviet Commonwealth Of Independent States' Scientific And Cultural Elites Concerned Over Disintegration Of The 'Single Humanitarian Area'

Moscow to host first CIS scientific and cultural intelligentsia forum on April 14-15 [2006]

"[The] first scientific and cultural intelligentsia forum of the CIS countries [Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan] will be held in Moscow on April 14-15 [2006]. Attending the forum will be about 700 representatives of the elites from each country of the Commonwealth. The forum is initiated by a group of famous cultural and scientific figures who are concerned over the disintegration of the single humanitarian area. Their idea, which was expressed last year, was supported by the CIS heads of state at the summit in Kazan [Russian Federation]. It is symbolic that scientific and cultural intelligentsia meeting will be one of the first actions in the context of the Year of the Commonwealth of Independent Countries.

The time has come for the scientific and cultural elites of the CIS countries to discuss urgent problems which hamper efficient cooperation, one of the initiators of the forum, head of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichiy told a press conference on April 13. Some of these problems can be solved by the intelligentsia while others need the attention of the government. Therefore, the participants of the meeting in Moscow are set to sign several documents to address the leaders of the CIS countries, Viktor Sadovnichiy informed.

The forum will hold a plenary session; then the work will be divided into seven sections in various areas (education, science, culture, youth problems, mass media and others). Vladimir Putin is expected to take part in an opening ceremony of the forum."

Belarus Telegraph Agency [Official Government News Agency] "Moscow to host first CIS scientific and cultural intelligentsia forum on April 14-15 [2006]" April 13, 2006

Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Headquarters: Minsk, Belarus
Membership: 11 member states,
1 associate member [Turkmenistan]
Working language: Russian
Executive Secretary: Vladimir Rushailo
Formation: December 21, 1991

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