David Haroutyunyan: PACE Report On Implementation Of Resolution 1609

DAVID HAROUTYUNYAN: PACE REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF RESOLUTION 1609 BY ARMENIA MAY BECOME WELL-BALANCED IF PACE ACCEPTS THE PROPOSALS OF THE ARMENIAN DELEGATION

ArmInfo
2008-06-24

PACE’s report on the implementation of PACE Resolution 1609 by
Armenia may become a well-balanced document if PACE accepts the proposals of
the Armenian delegation, the head of the Armenian delegation to PACE David
Haroutyunyan said in a talk with ArmInfo’s correspondent.

At the first glance, the resolution looks normal – quite in the style of the
Council of Europe. "Our task is to try to amend the text in such a way as to
make it effective for Armenia. After all, we haven’t come here to fight with
the CE and the CE, too, has no reason for setting unclear or unsolvable
tasks," Haroutyunyan said. This is important in the context of the search
for ways to overcome the present situation and to ensure consistent
democratic development in the country.

Touching upon the resolution’s text itself, the head of the delegation noted
that the document has a number of inaccuracies. "In particular, this
concerns draft amendments to the Criminal Code. We suggest introducing
certain amendments related to involvement of experts with the right of
advisory, not casting vote in the interim commission’s work", Haroutyunyan
stressed. He added that in case the Armenian delegation’s proposals are
accepted, the document may be considered balanced. Furthermore, the head of
the delegation pointed out the fact that PACE and the co-rapporteurs think
that the time given to Armenia for implementation of Resolution 1609 was
restricted, nevertheless, during this period of time the Armenian
authorities showed a desire to implement the Parliamentary Assembly’s
decision, and this was a part of the political program of the ruling
coalition in Armenia.

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