Russian Proposal to Have no Affect on Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis said in Yerevan Monday that he believes that everybody in Armenia wants the next presidential election in 2008 to be held fairly and justly.
He said the Council of Europe will help Armenia to have transparent and clean vote and stressed the role of media.
Concerning Russia’s decision to curtail the number of long-term international observers to watch parliamentary elections in member countries-a measure supported by Armenia as well–Davis said this decision will not affect the number of observers the human rights organization will send to Armenia for long-term observation mission.
Foreign minister Vartan Oskanian explained that Russia wants long-term missions to have no more than fifty members, while the number of long-term missions to Armenia didn’t exceed 30 members.
Russia’s proposal is supported by some of the other former Soviet republics.

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