PACE Co-Rapporteurs Make Monitoring Visit To Armenia


Noyan Tapan

Strasbourg, 12.01.2012 – John Prescott (United Kingdom, SOC) and
Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Armenia,
will make a fact-finding visit to Yerevan on 16-17 January.

Talks are scheduled with the President of the Republic Serzh Sargsyan,
the President of the National Assembly Samvel Nikoyan, the Foreign
Affairs minister Edward Nalbandyan and the Justice minister Hrayr
Tovmasyan, as well as with the Chairperson of the Central Election
Commission Tigran Mukuchyan. The co-rapporteurs will also meet
representatives of political parties and the judicial authorities,
as well as NGOs and the Armenian delegation to the PACE.

Discussions will mainly focus on the follow-up to PACE Resolution 1837
(2011) – on the investigation into the ten casualties of the March 2008
events, the creation of an independent police complaints mechanism,
and civilian oversight over the police – as well as on preparations
for the 2012 parliamentary elections, and on the priority areas for
the monitoring procedure.

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