ARMINFO News Agency
September 30, 2005

VENICE COMMISSION SECRETARY: DRAFT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OF
ARMENIA MEET EUROPEAN STANDARDS


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 30. ARMINFO. The draft Constitutional amendments
of Armenia meet European standards, CE Venice Commission Secretary
Gianni Buquicchio told journalists, Friday.

He noted that the provisions on the elections of Yerevan Mayor and on
the independence of the judicial system could be "more perfect." He
refrained himself from answering the question if any sanctions
threaten Armenia in case if the referendum of the constitutional
reforms fails. G. Buquicchio just said that Armenia undertook
definite commitments when joining the Council of Europe.

In his turn, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Gagik
Haroutiunyan told journalists that he has no studied the details of
the draft amendments adopted by the parliament in the third reading.
He took a favorable view of the provision allowing the citizens to
protect their rights through the Constitutional Court.