CE Will Not Slap Armenia with Sanctions

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will not impose sanctions on Armenia–Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said in an interview with Arm TV.

Oskanian stated that although the Armenian Foreign Ministry–in its report–admitted to serious violations during elections–he believes that Council of Europe leaders recognized that democracy has not fully developed in Armenia–just as in other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Another probability for not imposing sanctions–according to the minister–is that Armenia is willing to improve its electoral process and is ready to follow democratic principles.

Oskanian stressed that the Council of Europe will be more likely to impose sanctions on Armenia if Armenia fails to ratify–by the end of this year–the provision of the European Convention abolishing the death penalty.

PACE co-rapporteurs Jerzy Jaskiernia and Ren Andr–who were in Armenia on a fact-finding mission August 20-24–will present their preliminary findings at a September 10 Monitoring Committee meeting in Paris. The committee will review the honoring of obligations and commitmen’s by member states of the Council of Europe.

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