Armenia Making Democratic Progress, Says Council of Europe Official

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–Armenia is demonstrating considerable progress in the implementation of a series of democratic reforms suggested last month by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio told reporters in Yerevan Monday.
De Boer-Buguicchio’s statemen’s came during a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduward Nalbandian. The two had met to discuss the government’s progress in implementing the suggestions outlined in PACE resolution 1609 on April 17. According to her, the recommendations are being correctly implemented by the Armenian authorities.
"The main proposal of the Resolution was the formation of an independent legal body to investigate the events of March 1, and all the discussions and positions on the given issue are in line with the approaches of the Council of Europe," the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe said.
De Boer-Buquicchio noted that when she meets with the leaders of the radical opposition, she will call on them to enter into constructive dialogue as she did during the meetings with the leadership of Armenia.
"I call on the authorities for the sake of constructive steps establish dialogue, I call the opposition to do the same," she said, explaining that in real democratic societies, steps must be taken both by both the authorities and the opposition.
The Armenian authorities have taken many steps in a short period of time to overcome the post-election situation in the country, the Armenian Foreign Minister said during the press conference.
Through the initiative of President Serzh Sarkisian, a working group has been created to implement the suggestions included in the PACE Resolution, According to Nalbandian. The group has already submitted proposals on every provision of the Resolution.
He said that Armenia is taking the resolution seriously and intends to implement the suggestions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
A number of issues related to Armenia’s commitmen’s to the Council of Europe were also discussed during their meeting. According to Nalbandian, Armenia has thus far completed 90% of its commitmen’s to the Council of Europe. The greatest progress has been in constitutional and judicial reforms, he explained.
"Armenia intends to move forward and actively participate in the activities of the Council of Europe," the Foreign Minister added.

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