From 8 to 9 October 2017 the Secretary-General of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) Prof.Dr. Eldar Hasanov met with IFSPD President Mr. Dimitar Kostov and a member of IFSPD Board of Directors Mr. Zdravko Vassilev Popov
As all of the members of Board of Directors, as well as the leadership of our organization, had been informed, from 8 to 9 October 2017 the Secretary-General of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) Prof.Dr. Eldar Hasanov met with IFSPD President Mr. Dimitar Kostov and a member of IFSPD Board of Directors Mr. Zdravko Vassilev Popov in Bulgaria, Sofia.
During this meeting, relevant priority issues related to the activities, goals, and objectives of the IFSPD were discussed. Some of the main discussed issues were setting the date of the next IFSPD General Assembly meeting, research projects to develop cooperation, expanding the IFSPD partnership with well-known and influential non-governmental organizations and IFSPD statements on „referendum“ in Iraq and Catalan region of Spain. The registration of IFSPD (Bucharest, Romania), the process of negotiations with the UN and its units, the opening of the International University for Peace and Sustainable Development in Istanbul and the issue of the International Symphony Orchestra, as cooperation in the field of culture, were discussed as well.
After a thorough discussion of the above and in accordance with the Resolution of 16th General Assembly held on 10 June 2017 in Istanbul Turkey, and considering the Bulgaria's 2018 Presidency of EU (1 January 2018 - 1 July 2017), it was proposed by the IFSPD President to arrange the General Assembly meeting either during the period from 5 to 15 July 2018 or during the period from 15 to 20 September 2018. Also, the cooperation of IFSPD experts with the UN and its representatives was approved, in order to jointly implement research projects, including those on the problems of the migrants of Middle East.
Ultimately, it was stressed that Mr. Roman Bradu, IFSPD's lawyer, should speed up the process of registering IFSPD in the Romanian Ministry of Justice, and that Mr. Ismail Safi should continue his talks with the UN and its structures, as well as with the Turkish government, about the opening of the International University for Peace and Sustainable Development.
Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on the Referendum in Catalan Region of Spain
International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) declares that the referendum in Catalan region of Spain from 1 October 2017 is a unilateral act that is not approved by the central government of Spain.
It contradicts article 2 of the Spanish Constitution, which provides for the unity of this state, and it violates the rights of other citizens to live within the framework of a single and indivisible Spain.
IFSPD also welcomes the European Commission's statement declared on 2 October 2017 in which it considers this referendum as an illegal act, reaffirming its position that the separating territory will be outside the EU, and indicates the need to address the problem in accordance with the Spanish Constitution.
Spain is not the first nor the last country in modern Europe that has faced attempts to illegally divide a part of its territory in violation of the national constitution and legislation. Unfortunately, double standards regarding the principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, as it was, for example, in the case of the conflict in the Kosovo region of Serbia, encourage separatists and undermine the system of international law and stability.
IFSPD believes that consistency in supporting the principles of respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders of states will serve to prevent splitting and enmity in society from separatist groups, strengthen international law, promote security, stability and further political and economic integration in Europe and beyond.
IFSPD believes that in the current situation, dialogue and negotiations are the only way to resolve the situation in Spain.
4 October 2017
Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development on Referendum in Iraq
International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) expresses its serious concern over the so-called referendum on independence in the region of the Republic of Iraq, populated mainly by Kurds.
This referendum is a unilateral act that is not approved by the federal authorities of Iraq. It was boycotted by Arabs and Turkmens residing in this region. It contradicts article 1 of the Iraqi Constitution, which provides for the unity of Iraq, and it violates the rights of the remaining peoples and citizens of Iraq to live within a single, indivisible and sovereign Iraq.
IFSPD considers it necessary to recall the statement of the UN Security Council on 21 September 2017 about the possible destabilizing influence of the referendum. As the Un Security Council has noted, the referendum is planned during the time of ongoing operation against Daesh and it can divert efforts from ensuring the security necessary for the voluntary return of 3 million refugees and internally displaced persons.
IFSPD also recalls that on the eve of the referendum, warnings were received about the possible use of trade, economic, transport and other sanctions by Iraq's neighbors with respect to its region populated mainly by Kurds. There is no doubt that, first of all, the application of sanctions will result in difficulties and serious suffering for the Kurds living in this region of Iraq.
Thus, as a result of the referendum, the situation in the Middle East will worsen even more as the hope for stability and security in this critically important region of the world will run out.
The International Foundation considers the above-mentioned referendum as an illegitimate act and by declaring that it cannot have any legal consequences, IFSPD expresses its support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Iraq.
IFSPD encourages all participants of the Middle East process not to take acts that are aimed at changing the borders of states unilaterally.
Statement of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development on the Rohingya Violence
International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) has been anxiously following the incoming news of violence and ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya from Myanmar since August 2017.
An abiding disregard of the Rohingya crisis can lead to the point of destabilization of the regional security in this part of the world.
IFSPD supports the appeal of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, to grant citizenship or temporary legal status to Muslims in the state of Rakhine, including free-movement, having access to the employment market, education and health services, so that these people can live normally.
At the same time, IFSPD appeals to the international community as well as international humanitarian organizations to provide feasible humanitarian assistance and take effective measures to stop the violence against over a hundred thousand of Rohingya, who due to these violent events were forced to leave their homes and move to the territory of Bangladesh.