Strasbourg, 26.02.2021 - "We are extremely concerned by recent developments in Armenia," said the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Aberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC). "In particular, we found the statement issued yesterday by the office of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, calling for the resignation of a democratically-elected government, to be unacceptable."
"We call upon all political forces and state actors to fully respect democratic principles and the Constitution of Armenia, and to take all necessary steps to immediately de-escalate the current situation," they added.
"Armenia is going through a very difficult phase in its recent history and – more than ever – needs calm, restraint, wisdom and unwavering support for democratic principles by all concerned in order to resolve the political crisis it is facing."
Recent events in Yerevan: Council of Europe statement
Strasbourg, 26.02.2021 – The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement in response to the recent events in Yerevan:
"I have been closely following recent developments in our member state Armenia and I call for calm, restraint and responsibility.
"All political disagreements should be discussed and resolved in a peaceful manner, around an inclusive negotiating table involving civilian representatives of society and in line with the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
"The Council of Europe remains at the disposal of the Armenian authorities and civil society to provide assistance in this respect."