Constitutional Court Validates Cooperation with WHO

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Constitutional Court held a hearing Tuesday on the ratification of the agreement "to establish technical and consultative cooperation between the government of the Republic of Armenia and the World Health Organization."

The agreement was signed on September 17–1997–in Istanbul. The agreement implies that the WHO and the Armenian government will cooperate in developing coordinated programs to implement technical consultative cooperation.

Taking into account the fact that international health programs are related to state health programs stipulated by Armenian legislation–the Constitutional Court ruled that the Armenian government did not take necessary measures to meet the requiremen’s of Article 34 of the Constitution and the Law of the Republic of Armenia "on medical assistance and service to the population." In fact–state health programs were not approved and made public–and this issue was not properly solved in the relevant decision of the government–the hearing made outlined.

At the end of the hearing–the Court ruled that "the commitmen’s stipulated by the agreement signed by the WHO and Armenian government on September 17–1997–correspond to the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia."

The Court also held that the Armenian government is obliged to take necessary measures to meet the requiremen’s of Article 34 of the Constitution and the Law of the Republic of Armenia–in particular–to ensure the "approval and realization of yearly state health programs stipulated by law."

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