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World: Council Of Europe Parliament To Debate Bosnia, CIS Refugees

Strasbourg, 20 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Next week's session of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly will feature debates on the situation in Bosnia and on the plight of refugees in the CIS and in the three Caucasian states.

Other Assembly discussions will focus on the health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine, on combating child labor in Europe, and on the Aromanians, a small ethnic minority historically related to Romanians that is spread out across the Balkans.

The Assembly's week-long Summer session in Strasbourg will also hold a closed-door hearing on the situation in Belarus.

Three weeks ago, the Assembly's Political Committee invited four representatives each of political groups supporting and opposing President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to speak at the hearing. Council officials told our correspondent today that they expected most of the eight invitees to attend.