YEREVAN (Yerevan News Agency) — The National Accord–a grouping of opposition parties in Armenia–issued an announcement–outlining its support for Armenia’s membership into the Council of Europe. Below is a translated text of that statement:
The National Accord held its regular session on February 12 at the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council offices–which was also attended by Scientific-Industrial and Civil Union of Armenia and National Progressive Party of Armenia representatives. The meeting discussed plans for a round table scheduled for February 17–the organization of a public rally marking the February Uprising of 1921– as well as issues related to drafting a constitution and declaration for a proposed extensive grouping of opposition forces.
The National Accord’s position of Armenia’s membership in the Council of Europe was a special topic of discussion.
Outlining the reality that establishment of democracy in Armenia is endangered;
Expressing concern that the current unlawful leadership could utilize Armenia’s membership in the Council of Europe to create a false sense of democracy and–on the domestic front–take advantage of the people;
Finding it imperative to take measures to establish democracy as a pre-condition for membership in the Council of Europe;
Also emphasizing the importance of Armenia’s inclusion in European structures;
The National Accord finds positive recent efforts to include Armenia in the Council of Europe– since Armenia’s participation in European structures would become a conduit in strengthening of democratic institutions–stabilizing society and respecting human rights.