Press-Secretary Of People’s Party Of Armenia On Decision Of PACE Mon

PRESS-SECRETARY OF PEOPLE’S PARTY OF ARMENIA ON DECISION OF PACE MONITORING COMMITTEE: THIS TIME THE AUTHORITIES HAVE FAILED TO ESCAPE AS THEY COMMITTED TOO MANY CRIMES AND VIOLATIONS

ArmInfo
2008-12-18 19:45:00

ArmInfo. "This time the authorities have failed to escape as they
committed too many crimes and violations",- Press-secretary and
member of Board of the oppositional People’s Party of Armenia (PPA)
Ruzan Khachatryan said to ArmInfo correspondent when commenting upon
Dec 17 decision of PACE Monitoring Committee.

According to her, the harsh and unambiguous decision of the Monitoring
Committee was a bit unexpected as the issue of depriving the Armenian
delegation of its voting rights in PACE has been risen for several
times, including the period of the previous presidential election in
2003, however, the matter didn’t reach rendering of a decision. "By
the way, the matter concerns only the decision of the Monitoring
Committee, and it is for PACE itself to say the last word during the
winter session late in coming January",- Khachatryan said.

She added it is hard to say what bound steps the Armenian authorities
will take as the Monitoring Committee’s position is more than
unequivocal.

"Furthermore, even declaration of amnesty and release of the political
prisoners will not solve the problem of ensuring human rights and
functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia. The authorities have
proved that even if they make concessions, they will do this only under
harsh international pressure. The latter, however, cannot change the
essence of the regime. The latest example is non-provision of a hall
for the opposition supporters’ conference",- Khachatryan concluded.

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