Friday, September 13 2019 19:47

Nikol Pashinyan: Our government is committed to democratic values

Nikol Pashinyan: Our government is committed to democratic values

ArmInfo. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met today with civil society representatives  representing dozens of  different NGOs. The meeting was part of a project to promote and  protect human rights.

UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia Shombi Sharp and Gonzalo Serrano,  Head of the Cooperation Department at the Delegation of the European  Union to Armenia, who made a welcoming speech, also attended the  meeting.

Welcoming those present, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance  of holding such meetings. In particular, he expressed the idea that  "democracy has such a quality that in its conditions those who used  to silence others now sometimes have more opportunities to silence  others".

"This is perhaps the most important dilemma that exists in democratic  countries or, at least, in such democratic countries as Armenia,  which still need to finalize and clarify the basic concepts. In  particular, not always, but sometimes in certain episodes, it may be  necessary to clarify what human rights mean, how it can be used, and  so on. This means that democracy, in particular in the Republic of  Armenia, still has a long way to go, and maybe not so long. At least  at the level of basic concepts, we have social consensus.  One thing  is clear that our government is committed to democratic values. I  have repeatedly stated that I consider democracy an endemic value for  us, and not imported from any country or territory. And I believe in  this, because I think that many people in this room have proved that  democracy is ultimately our phenomenon. I think that such meetings  are a great opportunity to discuss these issues", Nikol Pashinyan  said.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the role of civil  society in the development and strengthening of democracy in the  country and noted that for this purpose the executive branch also  participates in civil society in the fight against corruption and  judicial reform.

Then the head of government answered a number of questions from  representatives of civil society and listened to their comments and  recommendations. In particular, issues related to the protection of  human rights, strengthening public control, the fight against  corruption, reforms of the judicial system, the police and public  administration in general, as well as cooperation with international  partners were discussed.

The Prime Minister and representatives of civil society also  exchanged views on the formats for organizing such meetings in the  future and emphasized that they will contribute to the effective  implementation of reforms in various fields. 

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