Governing Coalition Determined to Make Reforms

YEREVAN (Armenpress)-Armenia’s governing coalition Monday reiterated its determination to comply with last months Council of Europe recommendations by implementing the reforms outlined in the coalition’s agreement.
In its statement, the political coalition stated that it would work to implement a series of reforms in the country’s social, political and economic spheres. The reforms referred to by the statement include those outlined in the pre-electoral programs of the four political parties in the coalition, as well as the goals laid out in the actual coalition agreement.
The Government’s Program will work to implement these reforms in order to comply with the requiremen’s placed on Armenia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The coalition’s statement called on all the country’s political forces to enter into constructive dialogue and work toward effective cooperation for the solution of existing issues. It underscored President Serzh Sarkisian’s establishing of a commission to study and implement the Council of Europe’s recommendations for democratic reforms in Armenia.
The statement said that the coalition expects that the task force will implement the PACE recommendation and work in the direction of organizing an independent investigation of the post-electoral developmen’s.
The resolution adopted by PACE on April 17 threatened to suspend the voting rights of its Armenian members unless the authorities allow an independent investigation into the post-election violent unrest in Yerevan that left at least ten people dead. It also demanded the "urgent release" of individuals arrested for their political activities and the scrapping of severe restrictions on freedom of assembly imposed after the March 1 violence.
The resolution called on Armenia to reform its political system and electoral process and stressed that these measures are necessary conditions for a dialogue between the Armenian government and the opposition as well as far-reaching political reforms, which it said, need to be implemented in the country. It warned that failure to take them would mean that "the credibility of Armenia as a member of the Council of Europe is put into doubt."
The Armenian authorities early last week accepted the Council of Europe’s recommendations to restore full civil liberties restricted in the wake of last February’s disputed presidential election.
PACE will be assessing Armenia’s performance in implementing its recommendations during its next session in June. According to the resolution, failure to comply with the Strasbourg-based organization’s recommendations will jeopardize Armenia’s full membership in PACE.


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