President of Armenian parliament, CoE Secretary General refer to situation created by the war unleashed by Azerbaijan
YEREVAN, 21 OCTOBER, ARMENPRESS. The President of the National Assembly of Armenia Alen Simonyan on October 21 met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić in the framework of the Conference of the Presidents of parliaments of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
As ARMENPRESS was informed from the National Assembly of Armenia, thanking for the meeting, the President of the National Assembly of Armenia mentioned that this year marks the 20th year of Armenia’s membership to the Council of Europe, emphasizing the cooperation with the Council of Europe and the support of the organization to the democratic reform process in Armenia.
He highly appreciated the role of the Council of Europe and the PACE monitoring institutions in the strengthening of democracy in Armenia. Alen Simonyan referred to the monitoring of the early elections held in Armenia in June 2021 by the Assembly and the high assessment given by it.
The parties referred to the large scale war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh and post war situation. Alen Simonyan emphasized that Azerbaijan continues to held hostage Armenian prisoners of war and civilian persons, initiating false criminal cases against some of them. The President of the legislative body emphasized the necessity of keeping this issue in focus by the PACE.
Issues related to human rights and democracy were discussed.