1076th meeting – 3-4 February 2010

Item 2.4

Monitoring Group (GT-SUIVI.AGO) –
Report on a visit by a delegation of the Ago Group to Armenia and Azerbaijan
(20-25 November 2009)


The Deputies

1. took note of the report on a visit by a delegation of their Monitoring Group (GT-SUIVI.AGO) to Armenia and Azerbaijan (20-25 November 2009), as it appears in document CM(2009)180;

2. welcomed the progress made by Armenia and Azerbaijan towards the fulfilment of their respective commitments and obligations to the Council of Europe, in particular regarding the alignment of domestic legislation with Council of Europe standards;

3. encouraged the authorities of the two countries to make further progress along the lines indicated in the above-mentioned report, paying particular attention to the structural reforms, and their implementation, which remain to be completed in such important areas as election legislation and practice, the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption, freedom of the media, the democratic oversight of the police and local self-government;

4. reaffirmed the Council of Europe's willingness to provide its continued assistance to this end, through the co-operation programming documents recently approved for the benefit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and called on member states to consider granting voluntary contributions for their financing;

5. called on the two countries to abide by their joint undertaking at the time of their accession to achieve a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and encouraged the two countries' authorities to actively pursue the negotiation process, under the aegis of the Minsk Group, with a view to a rapid solution to the problem, in the interests of the peace and stability of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and more generally of the region as a whole;

6. reaffirmed the Council of Europe's readiness to offer its support in order to contribute, within its competencies, to the creation of conditions for a peaceful settlement of the conflict;

7. transmitted this report to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as to the relevant Council of Europe monitoring bodies for their information and, where appropriate, for the co-ordination of their respective activities with those of the Monitoring Group;

8. instructed their Monitoring Group to continue to follow the progress made by Armenia and Azerbaijan, through a close and inclusive dialogue with the authorities of the two countries, while undertaking an in-depth evaluation of its action which will be submitted to them for consideration before the next visit of the Group.



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