DOC statement on the Brussels Conference

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Dr Yakunin was invited to speak as the chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, an independent, non-partisan think tank that is registered in the EU and has a multinational staff. He has for many years enjoyed constructive engagement with senior European figures on issues of high importance to the EU. We are therefore concerned that the invitation was withdrawn without an explanation, apparently in response to media reports that contained a number of inaccuracies. And we regret that, as a result, an opportunity for constructive dialogue and exchange would be lost.