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Armenian Parliament passes bill on amendments to international treaties

24 February 2010 [19:25] - TODAY.AZ
Armenian Parliament passed a bill “On amendments and alterations to the Law on International Treaties” by 80 votes, with 5 against and 2 abstained in the first reading.
Heritage Party voted to down the bill, whereas ARF Dashnaktsutyun voted for adoption though criticized it before.

At Edward Nalbandian’s suggestion, it was decided to discuss the document in the second reading within 24 hours.

ARFD proposed to amend a provision on making reservations to international treaties.

In addition, the party suggested empowering both executive power and Parliament to terminate and suspend international agreements.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations Armen Rustamyan stated that presently Armenia is engaged in a critical process, referring to Armenia-Turkey reconciliation.

According to him, it has never been involved in something similar since gaining independence.

Rustamyan considers that passing of the law is a crucial step aimed at protection of national interests in Armenia-Turkey rapprochement.

He also noted that all this is insufficient and it is necessary to supplement and improve the document.

The bill stipulates introduction of the institution dealing with termination and suspension of signed or ratified international agreements in Armenia until the process is complete.


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