European Border Dialogues 2013 presentation by Christer Michelsson
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  • 1. CBC-seminar in Joensuu Roving Ambassador of Finland to South Caucasus Christer Michelsson
  • 2. My background • • • • Embassy of Finland, Moscow 1987-1990, 2004-2007 Embassy of Finland, Bonn, 1990-1993 Ambassador of Finland to Ukraine, 2007-2011 Ambassador (Helsinki based) to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, 2013- Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 2
  • 3. Southern Caucasus 1957-1991 Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 3
  • 4. South Caucasus after 2008 Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 4
  • 5. Every journey begins with a first step Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 5
  • 6. – The origin of EU - a peace project and functional Cross Border Cooperation Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 6
  • 7. Vienna 19.11.2013 Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 7
  • 8. Key prerequisites for successful CBC: 1. Political will 2. Respect 3. Trust, and 4. Functioning and recognized borders Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 8
  • 9. Cross Border Cooperation Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 9
  • 10. CBC in South Caucasus • CBC possible between Armenia and Georgia and Azerbaijan and Georgia • The protracted conflics make CBC difficult in the disputed territories, therefore • The role of civil society will be crucial, as well as the role of the UN and EU • step-by-step approach. Aim at what is possible. Presentation name / Author 22/11/2013 10