Armenian Delegation Leaves for Paris

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An Armenian parliamentary delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament Armen Khachatrian left for Paris Monday to participate in a meeting of the speaker of the three Transcaucasian countries’ parliamen’s to be held December 15 under the auspices of Speaker of the French Senate Christian Ponslet.

During its visit the Armenian delegation is scheduled to hold meetings with French President Jacques Chiraque and other high-ranking officials.

French President Jacques Chirac will likely hold a meeting December 15 with the parliament speakers of Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan–Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Foreign Relations Committee Hovhannes Hovhannissian told a news conference late last week.

He reported that a meeting of the speakers of the three Transcaucasian countries’ Parliamen’s is to be held in Paris December 15-16. The meeting is organized on the initiative of the speaker of the French Senate. The Armenian delegation led by Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Armen Khachatrian includes Leader of the Unity parliamentary faction Andranik Margarian–faction member–Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for State and Legal Issues Victor Dallakian–Leader of the Country of Law faction Artur Bahdasarian–Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Hovhannes Hovhannissian–representative of the ARF faction Armen Roustamian–and member of the CPA faction Frunze Kharatian.

It will be the third such meeting to be held. The two previous meeting were held in Paris and Tbilisi.

A meeting of the Committee for Political Issues of the CE Parliamentary Assembly will also be held in Paris on December 16 and 17. At the meeting Rapporteur on Armenia Demetrio Volchich is scheduled to make a report on the domestic political situation in the country–Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee–Hovhannissian announced at a news conference. According to him–the meeting is likely to make a decision on putting on the agenda the issue of Armenia’s membership to the Council of Europe.

On December 17–the issue of setting up a tripartite committee for POWs will also be discussed. The committee will deal with the problems of POWs and their further repatriation. Human rights problems and police bills are also to be discussed in the context of their meeting European standards.


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