Council of Europe hearings on Armenia of benefit to Turks, Azeris – premier
28 Apr 04
The discussions on the internal political situation in Armenia during
the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe [PACE] totally meet the interests of Turkey and Azerbaijan,
Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan said at the Armenian
National Assembly today.
According to Markaryan, this is proved by the fact that the Turkish
and Azerbaijani parliamentary delegations have voted for the inclusion
of this issue in the agenda of the PACE spring session. Rumours are
being disseminated in Strasbourg now that several opposition MPs have
been deprived of their immunity in Armenia, he said.
Markaryan believes that all this is being done to discredit Armenia in
the international arena and worsen the internal political situation in
the republic. “What is going on in Armenia and Strasbourg at the
moment is of benefit to Azerbaijan and Turkey,” he added.
At the same time, Markaryan expressed his confidence that the Armenian
delegation will not lose its mandate in PACE. Armenian Defence
Minister Serzh Sarkisyan has expressed the same opinion.