PACE Discusses Rights of Javakhk Armenians

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe reviewed the implementation of Georgia’s obligations during its session which began on September 24 in Strasbourg. Representing the Armenian delegation–Vice Chairman of the Foreign Relation Committee of Armenian Parliament Armen Roustamian participated in the discussion. According to the public information administration of the National Assembly of Armenia–Roustamian presented the Armenian standpoints regarding the situation in Georgia. He stated that if the Council of Europe is monitoring Georgia–it must have immediate contact with the minorities–it must be cognizant of their economic situation–and it must protect the rights of the Armenia’s who live in Javakhk.

During the session–Armen Roustamian was elected to the PACE Monitoring Committee.

"The Council of Europe will not support Russia’s aggressive disposition against Georgia," said PACE Chairman Lord Russel Johnston–in Monday’s session. According to Kavkazpress news agency the Russian delegation is actively spreading rumors about an alliance between Chechan terrorist and Georgia regarding the terrorist attacks which took place in Russia last year.

Unpleasant relations between Russia and Georgia are the cause of tension within the Georgia– which is also alarmed by Russia’s intentions to create new conflict zones in the Kodor and Pankis regions of Georgia. The Chairman of PACE announced that the council will do its best to prevent Russia’s possible attempts at creating any new conflicts. Russel Johnston added that the Russian delegation has not officially charged Georgia for supporting the Chechan rebels.

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