Armenia’s Membership in Council of Europe to be Finalized Wednesday

YEREVAN (Foreign Ministry Press Service)–The presidents’ assembly of the Council of Europe is scheduled to hear Armenia’s bid for membership in the European body on Wednesday–announced Armenia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ara Papyan Friday.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe–on June 28–voted to grant Armenia and Azerbaijan membership to the council and presented its recommendations to the body’s presidium.

Taking into consideration great strides in improving human rights conditions–as well as changes in laws to correspond with European standards promoted PACE to recommend the two countries for membership.

Furthermore–efforts by Armenia and Azerbaijan to come to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was also deemed as a positive enough step for membership in the Council.

Armenia’s bid for membership was approved by PACE with a vote of 123 to 0 and seven abstentions.

The presidents’ assembly was scheduled to review the matter in the fall–and that session has been set for Wednesday–September 6 in Strasbourg–France.

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