PACE Monitoring Committee Calls for Free Elections and Media

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Armenia: PACE Monitoring Committee calls for free elections and media
reform

[04:56 pm] 14 December, 2006

Strasbourg, 14.12.2006

At a meeting in Paris yesterday, PACE Monitoring Committee welcomed
Armenia’s constitutional reform, carried out with Council of Europe
assistance, which has created conditions conductive to the
implementation of many of the country’s commitments.

However, in a draft report the committee also warned that an improved
political climate, and dialogue between the ruling coalition and
opposition, would be necessary for the constitution to work
effectively.

`Simply passing legislation is not enough to implement democratic
reforms in the country. The laws must be applied,’ the committee
stressed. `Armenia must now furnish proof of how far it has progressed
along the road to democracy and European integration: the forthcoming
elections must comply with European standards for free and fair
elections, and media coverage of the election campaign and the
elections must be pluralist and unbiased.’

The report, by Georges Colombier (France, EPP/CD) and Mikko Elo
(Finland, SOC), is due to be debated by PACE at its January plenary
session

Draft resolution on the honouring of obligations and commitments by
Armenia (provisional version)

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“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