Zur Startseite

South Caucasus: The Potsdam Process continues

Origin of the Potsdam Process – FNF headquarters
Origin of the Potsdam Process – FNF headquarters
Established in October 2010 by the senior political partners of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in the South Caucasus, the Potsdam Process aims at strengthening regional cooperation among liberal partner organizations for the promotion of Freedom, Peace and Prosperity in the South Caucasus. This unique forum brings together political partners from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. In 2010 these partners signed the Potsdam Declaration to profess their political will to increase cooperation between the countries at stake in order to find solutions to the ongoing territorial and political conflicts in the area.

Now after two years the partners came back to Germany and Brussels for an information program on regional cooperation. With the recent elections in Georgia the positions of the parties vary much at the moment: the Republican Party Georgia is now forming the coalition government, Musavat Azerbaijan is in opposition and the Armenian National Movement is not in parliament at the moment.

To use the opportunities arising from that but also to address possible risks a delegation from South Caucasus came to Berlin to discuss with German representatives from politics, media and ministries future fields of cooperation. The delegation included: Isa Gambar, chairman of Musavat Azerbaijan, Aram Manukyan, chairman of Armenian National Movement, David Berdzenishvili, chairman of the parliamentary group of the Republican Party Georgia, Mehman Aliyev, director of Turan News Agency, Ivlian Haindrava, director of the Republican Institute Georgia, Vahagn Khachaturyan, vice-president of PLERF Armenia, and Giorgi Masalkin, member of the Regional Parliament of Adjara, Georgia.

Meeting with Birgit Homburger MdB
Meeting with Birgit Homburger MdB
In an introductory seminar the participants were able to address the status quo of the Potsdam Process and in which direction they would like it to prosper. The Liberal Party welcomed the delegates in their headquarters, as all of the parties are members of ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, former: ELDR).

This was followed by a meeting with Birgit Homburger, Member of Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the FDP. Homburger stressed the importance of long-term cooperation between German officials and partners in the South Caucasus to assure growing stability in the region. Before the delegates continued their program in Brussels, they were welcomed back at the headquarters of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Potsdam, where the Potsdam Process came to life two years ago.

Sabine Landscheidt
Featured Publication

Dare to be free. Learn more about the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

 

Many people know that political foundations exist; many have also heard the name “Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom” before. Not everybody, however, would be able to tell us off the cuff what exactly we stand for and do. This brochure endeavours to answer questions such as these in a clear and structured way. You will learn more about the history of our Foundation, including the basic principles and key issues guiding our work, both in Germany and abroad. Download (PDF) / Order printed version

 

Overview: All publications in English language

International Politics
Quick Contact

Our Potsdam Headquarters
Our Potsdam Headquarters

International Politics

Tel.: +49 (331) 701 923-1

Fax: +49 (331) 701 913-2

E-mail: katja.dumke@freiheit.org

 

International Conferences

Tel.: +49 (30) 288 778-43

Fax: +49 (30) 288 778-49

E-mail: simone.okaj-braun@freiheit.org

 

International Academy for Leadership (IAF)

(Gummersbach)

Tel.: +49 (2261) 300 216-2
Fax: +49 (2261) 300 216-5
E-mail: iaf@freiheit.org


e-Academy

Tel.: +49 (2261) 300 216-8

Fax: +49 (2261) 300 240-7

E-mail: verena.gierszewski@freiheit.org

 

Unit for Multisectoral Tasks
Tel.: +49 (331) 701 911-7
Fax: +49 (331) 701 955-117
E-mail: politikanalyse@freiheit.org


Archive

Tel.: +49 (2261) 300 20

Fax: +49 (2261) 300 240-7

E-mail: archiv@freiheit.org

 

Liberal Institute

Tel.: +49 (30) 288 772-35

Fax: +49 (30) 288 778-39

E-mail: libinst@freiheit.org

 

Press Office

Tel.: +49 (30) 288 772-54

Fax: +49 (30) 288 778-49

E-mail: presse@freiheit.org


How to reach us in Potsdam
How to reach us in Potsdam