OSCE Concerned over High Political Tension in Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian met with the head of The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Yerevan–Ambassador Vladimir Pryakhin–to discuss practical implementation of programs to tackle corruption and the necessity to improve Armenia’s election law; he also attached importance to carrying out Armenia’s poverty reduction program.

Pryakhin expressed concern about political tensions in Armenia–stressing that the use of force against peaceful demonstrators is "unacceptable;" he nevertheless endorsed police claims that they behaved aggressively.

He also denounced various political forces for exploiting the names of international organizations–including the OSCE–which he said seeks to promote "establishment of civil society," and stands for maintenance of constitutional order and legality in Armenia.

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