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"We are committed to the political course of democratic reforms": PM  receives delegation of Council of Europe

"We are committed to the political course of democratic reforms": PM  receives delegation of Council of Europe

ArmInfo. Today, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan  received the Head of the Rapporteur Group on Democracy of the  Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Permanent  Representative of Sweden to the CoE, Ambassador Marten Ehnberg and  the delegation led by him. and his delegation. The delegation  consists of the Ambassadors of France, Russia, Switzerland, Finland,  Estonia, Andorra, Iceland to the CoE and representatives of the  Secretariat of the Council of Europe.

As the press service of the RA PM reports, greeting the CoE  delegation, the PM said, "The Council of Europe has been one of our  key partners in the field of democracy since 2000 and has accompanied  us in virtually all of our reforms. I think we have concrete  achievements in this difficult period, particularly in terms of  democracy, and it is worth emphasizing especially here. Seemingly  insurmountable problems were constantly registered regarding the  quality of the elections, the reliability of the official results  since the first days of our membership to the Council of Europe until  2018, but, in fact, we can state that this problem has been overcome.

I would also like to emphasize that for the first time in the history  of Armenia, elections have served as a tool to overcome the domestic  political crisis, while in the past, elections have always been the  cause of domestic political crisis, controversy and opposition. We  are committed to the political course of democratic reforms, we will  continue that path, and we are glad that we can count on the support  of the Council of Europe on that path."

On behalf of the delegation, Marten Ehnberg thanked the Prime  Minister for the appreciation, emphasizing that the Council of Europe  attaches importance to the partnership with Armenia. He noted that  the delegation has had effective discussions with its Armenian  partners, during the exchange of views the priorities for the  effective implementation of the CoE-Armenia 2019-2022 Action Plan  were recorded.

At the request of the representatives of the CoE delegation, the  Prime Minister presented details on Armenia's democratic agenda,  speaking about reforms in the fields of anti-corruption, elections,  freedom of speech, judiciary, penitentiaries, as well as other  spheres. Nikol Pashinyan emphasized that the current results show  that as a result of the reforms initiated by the Government, it has  been possible to create effective control mechanisms in the mentioned  directions. This process continues.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister answered a number of questions  of the members of the CoE delegation. The questions were about  overcoming the consequences of the war unleashed by Azerbaijan  against Nagorno Karabakh, resolving humanitarian issues, ensuring  peace and stability in the region, resumption of the negotiation  process within the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, as well as Armenia's  democratic development, importance of educational reform,  strengthening of rule of law, prevention of domestic violence,  promotion of state-civil society cooperation, improvement of the  parliamentary system of government, etc.

Head of the Rapporteur Group on Democracy of the Committee of  Ministers of the Council of Europe Marten Ehnberg thanked the PM for  the detailed reference, noting that the works testifying to Armenia's  democratic progress will be presented during the discussion of the  CoE-Armenia Action Plan 2019-2022 scheduled in January 2022. 


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