Oskanian Addresses Shortcomings of PACE Resolution

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) resolution on Armenia–saying that the authorities do take the document seriously though the context of the issue has been misrepresented to the Council of Europe (CE).

Speaking at a news conference on Monday–Oskanian said the PACE resolution lacks certain realities that should be taken into account–such as statemen’s by the opposition calling for forcible seizure of power–and certain actions that followed. "The resolution does not mention that… and the Armenian authorities had no other choice than to take certain steps."

Oskanian also said that CE Secretary General Schwimmer–during a May 12 discussion in Strasbourg–voiced concerns about the opposition’s absence from the National Assembly–saying that they must attend sessions so as to avoid slowing down the democratization processes.

Asked about the resolution’s call for the release of those detained during the protest demonstrations–Oskanian replied that the resolution refers to those arrested illegally–while those who face trial must wait for court rulings.

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