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 Friday, May 19 2017 14:25

Marianna Mkrtchyan

Nalbandian: Armenia joins the calls on carrying investigation on corruption scandal in PACE

Nalbandian: Armenia joins the calls on carrying investigation on  corruption scandal in PACE

ArmInfo. Armenia praises the  contribution of the international partners, including the highly  professional support of the EU and the Venice Commission in the case  of reformation of the Democratic Institutions and strengthening of  electoral processes in the state. 

As the Armenian MFA told ArmInfo, Edward Nalbandian stated this on  May 19, in Cyprus during the 127th meeting of the Committee of the  Ministers of the Council of Europe.

"We expect the continuation of the effective cooperation in this  direction", he said. In this context he reminded that on April 2 in  Armenia, Parliamentary elections took place, attended by an  unprecedentedly large number of international observers. According to  him, the latter stated that the electoral processes were well  organized, the fundamental rights were respected, and the results of  the elections reflected the will of the population.

Referring to the corruption scandal in the Parliamentary Assembly of  the Council of Europe and the institutional crisis, Nalbandian said:  "We join the calls for a comprehensive investigation to restore the  damage caused to this organization," Nalbandian concluded. At the end  of last year, Western media reported that some PACE members were  involved in corruption scandals. In this regard, Secretary General of  the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland called on PACE to begin an  independent investigation of the charges of a number of deputies in  corruption as soon as possible. The PACE Bureau, the statutory body  of the Assembly, decided to prepare a document on this topic.

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