PACE Chairperson Ensures Armenia Membership in Body

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)–Armenia will be admitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the near future–its chairwoman Leni Fischer said in her speech to Armenian legislators Wednesday.

She said the question will be decided either before or after the upcoming European summit meeting in October. It will require a decision of the CE Committee of Ministers and PACE recommendation.

Fischer recalled that the PACE’s position is that all conflicts should be resolved through dialogue.

Member countries and candidates are categorically against the use of military force to settle conflicts–including in the Caucasus–she added.

Fischer expressed special concern about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and made it clear that the PACE will not ignore this problem because it affects its future members.

She noted that during recent discussions on conflict settlement in Strasbourg–the PACE insisted on compliance with a number of principles–such as inviolability of borders–security guarantees for all nations of the region to be ensured by a multinational peacekeeping force–a broad autonomy for Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh and talks with all concerned sides.

Fischer–arrived in Yerevan Tuesday for a three day official visit.

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