CoE hearings on Armenia of benefit to Turks, Azeris – PM

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.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS