Ambassador Heikki Talvitie, the special envoy of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, called on the Armenian authorities to lift the state of emergency and engage in a dialogue with the opposition to resolve tensions following unrest after the 19 February presidential.
Yerevan Ofice of OSCE told Mediamax that he said that it was in the interest of the government of Armenia to act now to resolve the crisis. "The inauguration of the elected president is approaching. In this situation, I think that the government should get rid of its state of emergency and start a real political dialogue with the opposition," he said, briefing the OSCE Permanent Council following two recent visits to Armenia.
He noted that the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva, had appealed to the parties to use political dialogue to resolve the crisis.