PACE co-rapporteurs visit Armenia to get to know Lachin corridor crisis on the ground


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 17, ARTSAKHPRESS. Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan held a meeting on February 17 with visiting co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee Kimmo Kiljunen and Boriana Åberg.

Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC) and Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Armenia, are visiting the country on a fact-finding trip from 17 to 20 February 2023.

“Speaker Simonyan attached importance to the co-rapporteurs’ visit, the purpose of which is to get to know the situation resulting from the illegal blockade of Lachin corridor,” the Armenian parliament’s press service said in a read-out.

The Speaker highlighted the need of the co-rapporteurs’ planned visit to border provinces, as well as meetings with the Armenians of Artsakh who are now sheltered in Armenia.

The Speaker appreciated the work of the assembly and the co-rapporteurs. “I know that you issued a statement during the very first days of the blockade of Lachin corridor,” Speaker Simonyan added, valuing the Humanitarian Consequences of the Blockade in Lachin Corridor report which is being prepared by the PACE migration committee.

Details on the crisis in Lachin corridor and its consequences were presented during the meeting.

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