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EurasiaNet: What is the main aim of the NGO Working Group?

Kamenshikov: The main aim is pretty clear from its name – it's the CIS NGO Working Group On Conflict Management and Prevention. And the main aim is to develop cooperation between non-governmental organizations in the CIS in this field – in preventing conflict - so we're coming at the consequences of conflicts that took place and helping people to end conflicts. The importance of this group is that, first of all, it unites NGOs from different countries, so it helps to develop trans-border projects; and it also unites NGOs from states in unrecognized regions. It also helps develop cooperation projects in cases like Abkhazia and Karabakh. And because it is a wide group and it unites people from practically all of the CIS states today, it creates an environment in which it is probably easier sometimes to discuss their interests, their issues, rather than having a bilateral situation - let's say for example from Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan - it may be, in a sense, psychologically easier for people to communicate.

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