Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Chairperson to visit Azerbaijan

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Chairperson to visit Azerbaijan
# 22 January 2008 16:37 (UTC +04:00)
Ján Kubiš said that one of the main priorities is the cooperation with the European Union. Noting that the Council of Europe achieved great improvements in the field of human rights, Ján Kubiš said broad discussions will be held in the Committee of Ministers in April this year.
The chairperson said Committee of Ministers closely follows the situation in the South Caucasus, as well as ongoing processes in Armenia and Azerbaijan and underlined that special attention is paid to the freedom of media in these countries.
“We call on the authorities of these states to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure that Council of Europe standards and principles are observed and welcome reforms carried out by the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities concerning the independence and functioning of the judicial system. Elections will be held in these countries this year and I recall that last year the Committee of Ministers adopted an action plan to provide the Armenian authorities with pre-election assistance. A similar action plan for Azerbaijan is under examination by the Ministers’ Deputies. The Committee of Ministers will closely monitor the conclusions of the Parliamentary Assembly mission observing the presidential elections in these countries. I intend to visit Armenia and Azerbaijan in the first quarter of 2008. /APA/


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