Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
PACE's assessments on Armenia in Doc.12954 "The Progress of the Assembly's Monitoring Procedure (June 2011-May 2012)", drafted by Andres Herkel, Estonia, Group of the European People's Party, are quite balanced, Head of the Armenian Delegation to PACE David Haroutyunyan told ArmInfo.
When commenting on the fact that PACE's document raises the issue of the March 2008 events again, whereas during the autumn session in 2011 PACE adopted a resolution saying that the "March events" is a closed chapter, Haroutyunyan said: "The October resolution of PACE does not mean that the March events are closed. These are crimes that cannot be closed, they must be investigated, and the investigation is still underway".
As regards the formulations about corruption in Armenia, Haroutyunyan thinks that the author's statement about the mentality has a certain sense, as corruption is not a new phenomenon and should be combated. He added that corruption exists even in the countries, which are traditionally considered to be democratic. According to Harotyunyan, today the Bureau pointed out that the European Union should also sign the GRECO Convention. "This means that the EU is also concerned over this problem and wants to get involved in the anti-corruption fight, in which certain CoE member countries are involved", he stressed.
He also pointed out that though "mentality" is not a legal language term, nevertheless, the CoE is a political organization. "It is a part of political terminology. I do not think that PACE is desperate to "train the old personnel" and relies hopes on the new generation only. I cannot say that PACE has decided that nothing can be done. Corruption is a phenomenon, which should be combated", he said.