Council of Europe Fact Finding Mission to Armenia Wraps up

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A representative of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) met on Monday with President Robert Kocharian and a string of other senior Armenian officials–to end a fact finding mission on Armenia’s compliance with democratic standards set forth by the organization.

Jerzy Jaskiernia–the Armenia rapporteur of the PACE’s Monitoring Committee–is to draft a report on whether the Armenian administration is following the recommendations contained in the assembly’s April 28 resolution on the Armenian political crisis.

"We will present our findings in our report. We don’t like to make any commen’s during the visit," Jaskiernia told reporters when asked to comment on his findings.

Pointing to the release of all senior members of opposition parties–he commented–"I think there is an intention by the government to fulfill that resolution. Several of its elemen’s have already been fulfilled,"

The PACE resolution warned that the Armenian government must immediately free all individuals arrested for their participation in the opposition protests and investigate "human rights abuses" or face the possibility of PACE sanctions next September.

However–the main focus of Jaskiernia’s meetings in Yerevan was the idea of a referendum of confidence in Kocharian–suggested by the Armenian Constitutional Court in the wake of last year’s disputed presidential election. Government officials reiterated their view that the proposal was not binding. Jaskiernia agreed.

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