Armenia to Avoid Fresh Scrutiny From West On Political Situation

STRASBOURG (RFE/RL)–The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is unlikely to again discuss the political situation in Armenia at its forthcoming session in Strasbourg, a pro-government Armenian lawmaker said on Thursday.

The PACE has adopted several resolutions on Armenia since the March 2008 post-election clashes in Yerevan and the resulting government crackdown on opposition groups led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. It has threatened to impose sanctions against the Armenian authorities unless they properly investigate the unrest and free opposition members arrested on “seemingly artificial or politically motivated charges.”

The most recent PACE resolution adopted in June welcomed a general amnesty that led to the release of more than 30 oppositionists. But it said only the release of all Ter-Petrosian loyalists remaining in jail would “provide the necessary basis for the start of the dialogue and reconsolidation that is needed to overcome the political crisis.”

At least 14 individuals, who are considered “political prisoners” by the Ter-Petrosian-led opposition, remain behind bars at present. The authorities insist that none of them was jailed for political reasons.

Naira Zohrabian, a member of the Armenian delegation at the PACE, said there are no “sufficient prerequisites” for the 45-nation assembly to discuss Armenia’s compliance with the resolutions at its winter session that begins on Monday. “Of course the internal political situation here has some worrisome aspects,” she told RFE/RL. “But I think we will be able to overcome those problems.”

According to Zohrabian, the PACE’s Monitoring Committee will discuss early next week an “information note” that was submitted by its two rapporteurs on Armenia, John Prescott and Georges Colombier, last month. The document criticized the results of an Armenian parliamentary inquiry that essentially defended police actions in March 2008.

Zohrabian, who also took part in the inquiry, said she “categorically” disagrees with some of the rapporteurs’ conclusions. “I don’t agree with the view that we fully justified the police actions and found them legitimate,” she said.


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  1. Kiazer Souze said:

    I would still wager that Armenia joins the EU long before Turkey does. Wouldn’t that really tick the scum off (the sick man of Europe, Turkey). That would alow Armenia to veto Turkey’s desire to enter the EU. Armenia would require that Turkey wash its hands clean first, impliment full and transparent democracy, value human rights etc…..

    Of course, they are going to blame the Armenians for the failure of the protocols even though they never had the intent to ratify. It was just a ploy to buy more time as the clock is ticking…tick tock….tick tock….

    May the deniars and the complicit world bodies all got to Jahenem and quickly.

  2. Armen said:

    I’m sure it’s becoming quite obvious that turkey is not willing to sign anything.  Armenia has genuinely stuck by the process all along.  I’m just wondering what Senator Clinton is thinking about all this…. since this [the protocols]  is her “baby” in a way.

    • Kiazer Souze said:

      She is thinking about those cigars she got from AYF, for her baby of course.

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