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PACE co-rapporteurs say Armenia's ad hoc committee on March events provide "comprehensive, although not complete" response

23 December 2009 [10:16] - TODAY.AZ
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs have issued a statement on Armenia.
“The recommendations of the ad hoc Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia into the events of 1 and 2 March 2008 provide "a comprehensive, although not complete’ response to the political crisis," according to statement by the co-rapporteurs.

In their statement, Georges Colombier (France, EPP/CD) and John Prescott (United Kingdom, SOC) said the recommendations were regrettably not complemented by a comprehensive analysis of the events of 1 and 2 March, which they felt was rather one-sided, and gave the impression that the committee wanted to avoid criticising the authorities.

They strongly regretted the almost total lack of analysis of developments that followed these events, and expressed concern at the lack of concrete results from the inquiry into the 10 fatalities that occurred.

The co-rapporteurs recommended the continuation of a special body of the parliament to oversee implementation of the report’s recommendations and conduct further inquiries where necessary.

They said they would closely follow this matter in the framework of the regular monitoring of Armenia and report back to PACE’s Monitoring Committee at a future meeting.”


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