[02:03 pm] 02 May, 2006

Achievements in building pluralistic democracy based on respect for
human rights and rule of law during Armenia's five year membership
in the Council of Europe will be the main theme of the "Armenia and
the Council of Europe: Five Years of Membership" conference, which
will take place on Friday, 5 May 2006, at the Armenia Marriott Hotel
Tigran Mets Ballroom from 10:30 until 17:00.

On 25 January 2001, by joining the Council of Europe, an organisation
that promotes democracy, human rights and rule of law continent-wide,
the Republic of Armenia made an important step towards freedom and
democracy. The conference intends to bring together national policy
makers, RA National Assembly deputies, civil society and media as well
as representatives of international community to celebrate the fifth
anniversary of Armenia's membership in the Organisation and exchange
views on future cooperation between the Council of Europe and Armenia.

The opening address will be delivered by National Assembly Speaker
Mr Arthur Baghdasaryan. Key-note speeches on the achievements and
perspectives in the course of 5 year membership will be delivered by
RA Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Vardan Oskanian and Director General
of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Mr Jean-Louis Laurens.

Inter-parliamentary relations will be discussed by members of
the Armenian delegation to PACE Mr Armen Rustamyan and Mr Stepan
Demirchyan. Democratic transition at local level will be presented
by Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration Mr Vache Terteryan
and Head of the Armenian delegation to the Congress of Local and
Regional Authorities of Europe Mr Emin Yeritsyan. Among the speakers
will be also RA Human Rights Defender Mr Armen Harutyunyan and Deputy
Prosecutor General Mr Gevorg Danielyan.

The conference will be concluded by a panel discussion entitled
"The Many Facets of Cooperation: Armenia's Contribution to Building
European Standards" with participation of Armenian professionals
engaged in the Council of Europe activities regarding Armenia.

The press conference will be held on Friday, 5 May at 10:00, at Erato
Room of Armenia Marriott Hotel.

The conference is open for media.