The Monitoring Committee considers that the outcome of the
latest general amnesty, the renewed impetus to investigate the ten
deaths during the March 2008 events and the consequent start of
a constructive dialogue between the opposition and ruling coalition
mean that the chapter on the March 2008 events can finally be considered
closed. It welcomes the political will demonstrated by the authorities
and indeed all the political forces to resolve this issue in line
with Council of Europe standards and recommendations.
For the committee, the 2008 events and their aftermath have
set clear priorities for the democratic development of the country:
the conduct of genuinely democratic parliamentary elections; the
creation of a robust democratic and pluralist political environment
that has the full trust of the Armenian public; the establishment
of an open and pluralist media environment; the reform of the police
and the reform of the judiciary with a view to guaranteeing its
independence both in law and practice.
The committee intends to follow closely the priorities mentioned
in the resolution while at the same time ensuring that they do not
diminish the importance of the other obligations and commitments
of Armenia to the Council of Europe.