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AZERBAIJANI DIPLOMACY HOLDS NO VICTORY

Thus, in the frameworks of their regional visit, the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group yesterday visited Stepanakert and had a meeting with the NKR authorities.
   Was this a “pro-forma” visit or do the Co-Chairs still hope that it will be possible to push the Azerbaijani authorities towards the implementation of the “Madrid” proposals prior to the presidential elections?
  
  
   VAHRAM ATANESYAN
   Head of the NA Committee on Foreign Relations
  
   “In general, I don’t think that any visit of the Co-Chairs may be considered as a regular one, because if such visits were of regular, usual and ordinary nature, the Co-Chairs would prefer not to visit the region at all. That’s to say, each visit does really mean something.
   As shown by the overall results of the visits, the international community, on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, is interested in the settlement of the conflict. As to what extent the parties perceive that attitude is a different matter. But the Co-Chairs are trying to find a mutually acceptable solution which cannot give way to any divergence of opinions.
   As regards the most recent visit of the Co-Chairs, it should be estimated the G-8 Foreign Ministers’ joint statement in the context of the confirmations concerning the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. My impression is that they are an additional proof showing that the mediators do not approve the conflict settlement prospect supported and urged forward by Azerbaijan.”

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A1+/To be or not to be?

Interview with GRIGOR AMALYAN, Head of the National Committee on Television and Radio
  
   “Mr. Amalyan, are there any justifications to the claims that ‘A1+’ has won the case and proved its righteousness in the European Court of Human Rights?”
   “First of all, it is necessary to find out why ‘Meltex’ company lodged an appeal with the European Court, and what decisions the latter made and only then estimate which party won the case. And there are really victories and hence – occasions for congratulating the winner

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THE PROPOSALS OF PACE RESOLUTION MUST BE ADDRESSED TO EVERYONE/Armenia and PACE resolutions

Interview with RPA deputy chairman, MP Razmik Zohrabyan regarding PACE last resolution.

“The PACE resolution regarding Armenia particularly states that from now on the authorities must not put improper restrictions on the demonstrations organized by the opposition. It seems PACE is not satisfied with the amendments and supplementations made in the law on “Holding rallies, demonstrations and protest marches” What would you say in this respect?”

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P.A.C.E. PASSES RESOLUTION ON ARMENIA

Late in the evening yesterday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed the Resolution on “Armenia’s Compliance with Resolution # 1609”. Almost all the proposals of the Armenian delegation were accepted.

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P.A.C.E. RESOLUTION REFERS TO THE POLITICAL ARENA ON THE WHOLE

KIRO MANOYAN, person in charge of the ARFD Central Office of “Hay Dat” and Political Affairs, was the guest-speaker of “Pastark” (argument) club yesterday.
   Mr. Manoyan considered the hearings organized by US House of Foreign Affairs Committee (concerning the US Policy in the South Caucasus region) one of the most important events of the recent period. The thing is that several Congressmen have introduced in the agenda of the discussions such issues as Armenia’s being blockaded by Turkey and Azerbaijan, the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the problem of Artsakh etc. Continue reading

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CO-REPORTERS SUBMIT NEW BILL

During the session of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the co-reporters on Armenian issue submitted a bill of a new resolution, which touches upon the statements in resolution 1609 on “the activity of the democratic institutions in Armenia”, the process of its implementation and the problems faced by Armenia.
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STRASBURG TO “EXAMINE” ALL

Despite the Armenian authorities’ efforts towards the implementation of Resolution # 1609, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is going to discuss the issue on the “Activities of the Democratic Institutions in Armenia” in its summer session on June 23-27, taking into consideration the non-adequate assessment made by the Monitoring Committee at the last moment.
   Following the visit of J. Columbier and J. Prescott, co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee, Chairman S. Holovati expressed an opinion on June 20 that it was justified to hold a discussion devoted to Armenia in the Assembly’s plenary session.
   As we see, the European organizations are making much haste. And the reasons for such haste are neither Armenia nor its opposition.
   The EU Summit held in Brussels on the eve of the PACE summer session has led to the realization of the “idea of the Eastern Partnership”- an initiative undertaken by Poland and Sweden, (recommending the European Commission, its executive body, to speedily elaborate the detailed program on the principles and activities of the next summit to be held in March 2009).
   The authors of such bold initiative are mainly those eastern and Baltic countries which have just joint the European Union and NATO. Encouraged by the United States and gradually finding themselves between the evil and the deep sea, i.e. the “Old Europe” on the hand and the livening cooperation of Russia on the other, they have elaborated the “Western Cooperation” format aimed at integrating the Eastern European and South Caucasian countries of the former USSR (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and, if possible, Belarus) to the Western community. And there’s the following goal: to grant those countries privileged conditions for trade and economic cooperation in addition to a visa regime.
   Such bold step by the EU leaders is also dictated by the serious discords with Russia in the process of the implementation of the NABUKO program aimed at exporting power generating substances. In such conditions, Europe again joins its efforts with the purpose of spreading its influence upon the independent states of the eastern and south-eastern parts of the former USSR.
   So, it’s not accidental that the process of implementing the bold initiative dictated by serious geo-political and geo-economic motives is immediately included in the agenda of the PACE summer session with stricter “procedures of examining” the democratic institutions in almost all the above-mentioned states and their neighboring countries.
   Judge yourselves: the PACE has just several days to discuss the following:
   a) the activities of the democratic institutions in Azerbaijan
   b) the results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia
   c) the activities of the democratic institutions in Turkey with respect to Article 301 of the country’s Criminal Code, and R. Zarakoghlu’s trial, i.e. the freedom to hold discussions devoted to the Armenian Genocide.
   d) the problem of combating environmental pollution in the Black Sea basin, an issue closely connected with exporting oil from the Russian ports via the Bosphorus Strait etc.
   It turns out that the PACE summer session is going to become a big tribunal for “clearing up matters” among the future members of the “Eastern Partnership” and their closest neighbors, i.e. Turkey and Russia. So, it becomes quite clear and conceivable why, after J. Columbier and J. Perscott’s visit to Armenia, the possibility of holding an extraordinary discussion on the “Activities of the Democratic Institutions in Armenia” in the June 23-27 session seemed quite likely.
   The overlapped “South Caucasian” agenda causes all the countries of our region, as well as their closest neighbors to be involved in some long-term regime of total monitoring, as it is. In such conditions, each country will become faced with sharply increasing demands in terms of democratization, freedom of speech, transparency of elections and other issues.
   Does this mean that the PACE summer session may decide to deprive our country of the right to vote as well?
   We believe not, because the task set to the PACE by the European Union and the United States does not concern the situation with the democratic institutions in Armenia as a separate country, but rather, the clarification and completion of the geo-political and geo-economic course, important for the further development of the whole region.

 

 

VARDAN GRIGORYAN

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