PACE Sets Firm Deadline for Georgian Reforms of Minority Rights

BRUSSELS (Combined Sources)–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a report on Tuesday–setting the final deadlines for Georgia to honor its obligations and commitmen’s as a member state of the Council of Europe.

While acknowledging that Georgian authorities "continue to demonstrate an unyielding resolve to carry out far-reaching political–legal–social–and economic reforms," the adopted text of that report seeks full compliance with membership obligations–including challenges Georgia faces in protecting human rights and rights of minorities.

While not mentioning Georgia’s mostly Armenian population of Javakhk–these requiremen’s are expected to directly impact Javakhk’s Armenia’s whose social and human rights are effectively neglected by the Government of Georgia.

The report stipulates that–prior to September 2005–Georgia must sign and ratify the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages and the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation–and must ratify the Revised European Social Charter and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

In October 2004–the Council of Armenian Non-governmental Organization of Javakhk appealed to the OSCE–seeking adoption and implementation of the these points–saying they would "contribute greatly to the improvement of the grave situation" in Javakhk.

The report also stipulates that no subsequent negotiations will take place–and deadlines to fulfill obligations will not be extended. "The Assembly expects the Georgian Government to honor their promises fully and in time," it stresses.


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