Azerbaijan, Baku, December 22 / Trend , E.Ostapenko /
The recommendations of the ad hoc Committee of the National Assembly of
Armenia into the events of 1 and 2 March 2008 provide "a comprehensive, although not complete" response to the political crisis, the statement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs on Armenia says.
The Armenian opposition, led by the first president
Levon Ter-Petrosian, who run for and lost the February 19 presidential elections, conducted rallies in Yerevan's center from February 20, 2008 to protest against the results of the voting.
The protests culminated into riots on March 1-2 and the protesters clashed with police, which killed ten and injured over 200 people.
In their note,
Georges Colombier and John Prescott said the recommendations were regrettably not complemented by a comprehensive analysis of the events of 1 and 2 March, which they felt was rather one-sided, and gave the impression that the committee wanted to avoid criticising the authorities, the statement says.
The co-rapporteurs strongly regretted the almost total lack of analysis of developments that followed these events, and expressed concern at the lack of concrete results from the inquiry into the 10 fatalities that occurred.
The co-rapporteurs recommended the continuation of a special body of the parliament to oversee implementation of the report's recommendations and conduct further inquiries where necessary. They said they would closely follow this matter in the framework of the regular monitoring of Armenia and report back to PACE's Monitoring Committee at a future meeting.