Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/958/2.1 7 March 2006 1
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958 Meeting, 15 March 2006
2 Political questions


2.1 Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability
- Armenia
- Azerbaijan
- “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Item prepared by the GR-DEM

Reference documents
GR-DEM(2006)CB3, DSP(2006)3rev, DSP(2006)2, DGAP/INF(2006)3 and 6

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Action

To take note of the synopsis of the GR-DEM meeting held on 2 March 2006 and to adopt the following decisions.

Financing assured: partly

Comments: The financing of the action plans on co-operation between Armenia and the Council of Europe and between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe is only partly secured. Additional resources will need to be found in order to finance them.
The financing of the action plans on the rerun of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan and the parliamentary elections in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” will be secured subject to the authorisation by the Deputies to use the “field mission reserve”.

DRAFT DECISIONS

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 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 the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (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 rerun 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 rerun 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 the 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 the GR-DEM on the implementation of this action plan in due time.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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