AM 2006 Malta bigFrom 17 to 19 November 2006, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly met in Malta for its annual Fall Meetings. The meetings brought together more than 250 participants from 51 countries for a conference, Mediterranean Forum and meeting of the Assembly's Standing Committee. The meetings were addressed by senior representatives from Malta, the OSCE and other countries in the region. Special guest representatives from Libya also participated in the OSCE PA meetings for the first time.

The Conference on Immigration, Integration and Cross-Cultural Dialogue: the Roles of the OSCE opened on 17 November and continued on 18 November. In addition to opening and closing sessions, with keynote addresses by OSCE PA President Goran Lennmarker and representatives of Malta, the Conference consisted of four separate sessions: Session 1 on Promoting Integration in the OSCE: Challenges for Multi-Ethnic Societies; Session 2 on Ethnic Identity and Cultural Diversity; Session 3 on Migration and Security; and Session 4 on Illegal Migration. Each session was addressed by experts in the field of discussion, and provided time for debate by the parliamentarians on the issues raised.

2006-FM-Malta-Avital-FrendoOn 18 November, the Standing Committee of Heads of Delegations met and discussed ongoing Assembly activities. The President gave an overview of his work since July 2006, and the Heads of Delegations also heard reports on election observation activities and on work by ad hoc Committees and Special Representatives. The Secretary General of the OSCE also outlined the draft 2007 OSCE budget to the Standing Committee.

The 2006 OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Mediterranean Forum, held on 19 November, focused Assembly attention on the situation in the Middle East. The Forum provided Members with an opportunity to debate recent developments in the area, as well as prospects for the future.