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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:56 AM


Politics 12:53 15/04/2017 Armenia
International recognition of Artsakh is the key to peace in South Caucasus – France-Artsakh Friendship Circle

The France-Artsakh Friendship Circle reminds that one year ago Azerbaijan launched large-scale offensive against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) since the ceasefire agreed in 1994.

The attack ended in military failure, which once again highlights the necessity of the exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict, which is to be reached through the establishment of a direct dialogue between the two sides of the conflict – Artsakh and Azerbaijan.

The Friendship Circle also reminds that during their offensive, the Azerbaijani armed forces committed numerous crimes against the Armenian civilians in the bordering villages of Artsakh.

“The European Court of Human Rights has recently accepted and processed the 23 complaints submitted by the Artsakh people, whose relatives have been subjected to horrific torture and afterwards were murdered by the Azeri special units. There is no doubt that these tortures contrasting the traits of the regular armed forces are the result of the anti-Armenian policy run by the Aliyev regime and are based on concrete orders,” Head of France-Artsakh Friendship Circle François Rochebloine noted.

The France-Artsakh Friendship Circle notes that such actions only contribute to the promotion of an atmosphere of mistrust, postponing the prospect of establishing peace in the region.

“This is why the international recognition of the Artsakh Republic and its return to the negotiating table must function as preconditions, instead of the hypothetical measures aimed at establishing sustainable peace in the South Caucasus,” François Rochebloine summed up.

The Friendship Circle states that the meeting  held between the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan on 28 March is a step forward in that direction and supports the proposals of the Minsk Group, which are strengthening the role of OSCE Representative in the South Caucasus, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, as well as providing genuine opportunities to his office to control the ceasefire and  review the origin of the incidents.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 10:48 AM


Jagland urges Agramunt to examine corruption reports in PACE

13:58, 29 March, 2017 
YEREVAN, MARCH 29, ARMENPRESS. Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter to President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Pedro Agramunt urging to examine the corruption announcements within the circle of PACE lawmakers. 
Jagland urged Agramunt to use his powers and “immediately speed up the decision on establishing an independent external investigation body”. 
Jagland reminded that the issue was discussed on March 9 and 10 in Madrid, however the bureau didn’t agree upon the investigative body, therefore the issue was included in the agenda of the April session. 
The Milan Police and Prosecution initiated a criminal case on former chairman of the European People’s Party faction in PACE and former MP of the Christian Democratic Party Luca Volonte.
Volonte is accused in accepting 2,4 million Euros in bribes from Azerbaijan during 2012-2013. Azerbaijan was using Volonte in the Italian Parliament and PACE.
 The bribe was given to him by head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Suleymanov, and coordination works were carried out by an Azerbaijani lobbyist organization in Brussels. 
Volonte is charged with bribery and money laundering


PACE Bureau declares ‘no confidence’ in Pedro Agramunt as President 

13:59, 28 April, 2017 
YEREVAN, APRIL 28, ARMENPRESS. The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Strasbourg today, resolved that it has no confidence in Pedro Agramunt as President of the Assembly, PACE reported on its website. 
It further resolved that Mr Agramunt is not authorized to undertake any official visits, attend any meetings or make any public statements on behalf of the Assembly in his capacity as President. 
“The President chose not to attend the Bureau today, and has not presented a letter of resignation. As a result, and in the context of the current Rules of Procedure under which the President cannot be compelled to resign, the Bureau felt it necessary to take these steps,” said Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC), Senior Vice-President of the Assembly, after chairing the Bureau meeting. 
“The standards and principles of the Parliamentary Assembly are more important than any individual member, and the integrity of our Assembly must be upheld,” he added. 
The Bureau is responsible for the co-ordination of the activities of the Assembly and of its committees. It assists the President in his or her functions and guides the Assembly’s external relations. It takes decisions on the organisation of part-sessions and plenary sittings. It consists of the President, the twenty Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the heads of the political groups and the chairpersons of the Assembly’s general committees. 

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