Date Of Announcement Of The Constitutional Court Decision Uncertain

Anna Nazaryan

12.01.2010 14:37

The Constitutional Court of Armenia today took into examination the
protocols on "Establishing diplomatic relations between the Republic
of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey" and "Development of bilateral
relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey."

The sitting was attended by all nine members of the Constitutional
Court, representatives of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun, the Republican
and Heritage factions of the National Assembly, as well as some
non-parliamentary forces. President Sargsyan’s official representative
was Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.

President of the Constitutional Court Gagik Harutyunyan said they have
received a number of letters, which will be taken into consideration.

Later the Court started a closed-door discussion.

Judge Volodya Hovhannissyan will report on the constitutionality of
the commitments enlisted in the protocols. Taking into consideration
the peculiarities of international agreements, the court decided to
organize the discussion in the written procedure.

"I find it hard to answer whether the decision will be taken today or
tomorrow, but the Constitutional Court will inform about the decision,"
Gagik Harutyunyan said.

Representative of the Supreme Body of ARF Dashnaktsutyun Armen
Rustamyan considers, however, that there have been a lot of closed-door
discussion on the Armenian-Turkish protocols, and the consultations
had better be public. Armen Rustamyan does hope that all the remarks
will be taken into consideration and a correct decision will be made.

ARF Dashnaktsutyun and Heritage are holding an act of protest in
front of the Constitutional Court.
From: Baghdasarian

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