US representative to OSCE concerned about the post-election arrests of
opposition politicians

2008-03-01 10:57:00

ArmInfo. 'We are very concerned about the post-election arrests of
opposition politicians, as well as reports that authorities have
forcibly closed opposition offices. These kinds of actions are not
consistent with democraticprinciples, and we urge the Government
of Armenia to uphold the rule of law and international democratic
standards in proceeding on these cases', says United States Mission to
the OSCE Statement on the Elections in Armenia delivered by Political
Counselor Sam Laeuchli to the Permanent Council, Vienna.

'Because of such real and perceived irregularities, we remain
concerned that the level of trust among the Armenian electorate in
their election process remains dangerously low. We encourage the
authorities in Armenia to conduct transparent, rapid investigations
of all complaints as part of the process of ongoing election reform
and to rebuild public trust.

We support the ongoing effort of ODIHR to catalogue the complaints it
has received, and we look forward both to their next interim report
on the elections and to the final report and recommendations. The
United States remains ready here and in Yerevan to work with all the
parties in Armenia to address these problems,' the statement says.