ACCORDING TO ARFD REPRESENTATIVE, THOUGH PACE DEMANDS HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED COMPLETELY, NEVERTHELESS CONCRETE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN

Noyan Tapan
March 31, 2009

YEREVAN, MARCH 31, NOYAN TAPAN. Though the PACE demands have not been
fulfilled completely, nevertheless the Armenian authorities have taken
concrete steps in that direction, which was recorded by the Monitoring
Group. Artyusha Shahbazian, the Secretary of the RA National Assembly
ARFD faction, stated at the March 31 press conference. He said that
many of those convicted on the 2008 March 1 events have been already
granted an amnesty and, most importantly, Articles 225 and 300,
RA Criminal Code, have been amended. According to A. Shahbazian,
thus the Criminal Code was cleaned of two political articles, which
in itself is already a great progress and is of much importance for
not only the current situation, but also for the future.

It should be mentioned that on March 30 the Monitoring Committee
discussed the process of Armenia's filfilling Resolution N 1643. The
Committee welcomed the legislative reforms carried out and attached
improtance to the further process of their use.