Armenia a Step Closer to Europe Union

STRASBOURG (Reuter)–Armenia–Azerbaijan and Georgia will sign on April 25–the Council of Europe’s cultural convention–the Council said Thursday.

The Council–which safeguards human rights and democracy in its 40 member states–said in a statement this "represents a first step towards membership of the Council of Europe."

Forty-four countries have already signed the convention–which covers cooperation on culture–education–teaching–athletic and youth issues.

Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan have benefited from special guest status at the Council since last year.

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