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SAM_0438The 5th annual meeting of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership countries took place in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova, on 4-5 October. According to the information of the agency, the Azerbaijani civil society was represented by 26 organizations at the meeting. High-level representatives of European Union and member states such as Commissioner Stefan Fule, as well as the ministers of foreign affairs of Lithuania, Georgia and Moldova made speeches during the forum. From the Azerbaijani side, Leyla Alieva and Gubad Ibadoglu made a speech at the plenary session, while Anar Mammadli (on the pre-election situation in Azerbaijan) and Arif Aliev (on media problems) expressed their opinions at the panel discussions.

A new Steering Board of the forum was formed at the meeting. The structure of the new Steering Board includes Vugar Bayramov (national coordinator), Leyla Alieva (first group coordinator) and Aytakin Asgarova (third group coordinator) from Azerbaijan.

The delegation of Azerbaijan demonstrated significant activeness in the forum. 3 out of 11 resolutions adopted during the meeting were related with Azerbaijan. During the break, the Azerbaijani civil society representatives initiated an action to bring attention of the participants to political prisoner problems dominating in Azerbaijan.

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