The 19th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers' Parties of the World started with the Working Group meeting on Thursday 1st of November in Leningrad (St Petersburg).
This year the 19th IMCWP is being held with the title: “The 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: the ideals of the Communist Movement, revitalizing the struggle against imperialistic wars, for peace, socialism”.
The meeting will take place 2nd to 3rd November in Leningrad and then continue in Moscow between 5th and 7th of November.
In the meeting, the delegations of 103 parties are present. The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is represented by the Secretary General of the CC Dimitris Koutsoumbas, the Politburo member Giorgos Marinos, the member of the CC and head of the International Relations section Elisseos Vagenas and Danae Helmi of the KKE International Relations section.
The conference began with an opening speech of the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady A. Zyuganov. Addressing the participants and guests of the conference, Zyuganov reminded that a new stage in history heralded 100 years ago with the words of Lenin, genius of the Revolution, from Red Petrograd to the whole world and added that now it is the time for the third Russian revolution which will ensure the ultimate victory of socialism.
In his speech, Chairman Zyuganov also commented on the development of the meetings of the communist and workers’ parties, started with the initiative of the Communist Party of Greece 20 years ago. He reminded that the main task of the meetings were the restoration of inter-party ties that had been interrupted after 1991 and exchange of information on their activities. Zyuganov stated that over the years, valuable experience in preparing and holding such meetings has been accumulated and the number of parties participating in them has been constantly growing.
|The delegation of the KKE. First from the right, Secretary General Dimitris Koutsoumbas
|The Chairman of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov delivering a speech.