Coalition Anti corruption Group Gets to Work

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–An anti-corruption working group composed of government coalition member party representatives is due to submit on August 28 individual strategies for fighting corruption.

The group met for the first time on Monday and decided to take quick action considering the international pressure to crack down on corruption in Armenia. National Assembly vice-speaker and member of the working group Tigran Torosian told Yerkir that the parties will submit their final written proposals and meet again on August 29 to formulate a plan of action.

ARF Supreme Body representative and member of the working group Armen Rustamian said the group must consider international examples and experiences in the fight against corruption and went on to say that initial discussions require serious improvement.

"This program holds specific meaning for us and it’s not by accident that we had been actively discussing for years the fight against corruption," Rustamian said.

Rustamian pointed out that the ARF has already formulated an anti-corruption program which should be considered during discussions–and from day one has stressed to its coalition government partners the importance of fighting corruption.

The ARF recently suggested that Armenia join the Council of Europe group GRECO–an international organization that fights corruption based on a multidisciplinary approach–including cross-border cooperation between states and international institutions.

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