New Constitution Amendment Commission Holds Its First Meeting

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The new Presidential Constitution Amendment Commission held its first meeting Friday. The meeting was chaired by President Robert Kocharian.

Unlike the previous commission–this new Constitution Amendment Commission consists of specialists only–the president stressed. Kocharian called for the implementation of prompt constitutional reforms by the end of the year. The package of reforms developed by the commission will be submitted to international experts and then to the National Assembly.

"It is impossible to have a perfect constitution," said Kocharian. "Life is changing and it is natural to have the country’s Basic Law amended in accordance with cuurent conditions."

"Constitutional reforms should above all be aimed at creating balanced relations between different branches of power," Kocharian underlined. In his opinion–provisions dealing with human rights should also be included in the Constitution. He said that the current Constitution is missing important language and contains contradictions.

The meeting reportedly discussed the principles of the commission’s work.

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