PACE Monitoring Group Visit to Region Postponed

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Chairman of the Armenian parliament committee on foreign relations–head of the Armenian delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Hovhanes Hovanesian said on April 1 that the planned visit of the PACE monitoring group to Armenia–Azerbaijan and Karabakh–slated originally for April 8–has been delayed.

The delay is due to Azeri side’s request–for inner-political reasons. Hovanesian said that the issue was discussed in St. Petersburg–Russia last week during a PACE session. It was proposed that PACE delegation visit Armenia in April–but the joint visit to Karabakh be postponed until May. Armenia argued that in such a case the delegation could visit Armenia in May as well.

Hovanesian said that the PACE political commission is likely to appoint a reporter on Karabakh April 5 and the latter could visit Karabakh together with the monitoring group. "As a result of the monitoring and political contacts the PACE monitoring delegation and the political commission will have a joint document," he said. The exact date of the visit will be decided late in April at PACE plenary session.

Hovanesian also mentioned that the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly commission on nature protection and ecology also plans to hold a session in Yerevan June 12-16,. He said some 60 delegates are expected to attend the session.

The participants of the session will visit the Armenian Nuclear power plant. A conference devoted to the problems of Lake Sevan will also be held.

"We shall try to present a program for rehabilitation of Lake Sevan with hopes for funding–as the problem of Lake Sevan is becoming a problem of European ecology," he said.

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