958th meeting – 15 March 2006

Item 2.1a

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Armenia
- Azerbaijan
- “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
(GR-DEM(2006)CB3, DSP(2006)3rev, DSP(2006)2, DGAP/INF(2006)3 and 6)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the synopsis of the meeting of their Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) held on 2 March 2006 (GR-DEM(2006)CB3);

Concerning Armenia

2. approved the draft action plan for co-operation with the Council of Europe (document DSP(2006)3rev);

3. instructed the Secretariat to report back to GR-DEM on the implementation of this action plan in due time;

Concerning Azerbaijan

4. approved the draft action plan for co-operation with the Council of Europe (document DSP(2006)2);

5. approved the draft action plan for the re-run of the parliamentary elections on 13 May 2006 (document DGAP/INF(2006)6) and authorised the Secretary General to use funds available in the “field mission reserve” to the tune of €35 000 to finance it;

6. called upon the Azerbaijani authorities to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the re-run of the parliamentary elections will be free and fair, and in particular that freedom of assembly, media pluralism and freedom of expression will be fully guaranteed;

7. instructed the Secretariat to report back to GR-DEM on the implementation of these action plans in due time;

Concerning “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

8. approved the draft action plan for the parliamentary elections (document DGAP/INF(2006)3);

9. authorised the Secretary General to use funds available in the “field mission reserve” to the tune of €60 000 to finance it;

10. instructed the Secretariat to report back to GR-DEM on the implementation of this action plan in due time.



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