OSCE hails release of Armenian oppositionist prisoners

15:41 2004-06-05

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is
satisfied with the release from prison of Aramazd Zakarian and Zhora
Sapeian of the Armenian opposition Republican Party and the abolition
of charge against them.

This is mentioned in the statement of the head of the OSCE Yerevan
office, Vladimir Pryakhin, published by the OSCE secretariat in Vienna
on Friday.

The OSCE also approves the actions of the Armenian authorities
releasing Suren Sureniants of the same party and hopes that
investigation against him will be ended.

Vladimir Pryakhin's statement reads: "The OSCE hopes that this step
taken by the Armenian authorities will promote political dialogue
between the opposition and the ruling coalition of Armenia and boost
stabilization in this country".

Simultaneously, the head of the OSCE mission in Yerevan expressed
regret over the limitation of the human rights to the freedom of
assembly and speech in Armenia, a signatory of the OSCE main provisions
and the Istanbul Charter.

Mr. Pryakhin also stressed that the OSCE Yerevan office was going
to continue to closely monitor political developments in Armenia and
support democratic processes on-going there.