CoE Secretary General calls for political dialogue to solve the crisis in Yerevan

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland concerned over hostage crisis in Yerevan.

“I follow with concern the events taking place in our member state of Armenia, where for several days already, an armed group has taken hostages in a police station in Yerevan,” the Secretary General said in a statement.

“I would like to recall that in states governed by the rule of law, all conflicts should be resolved through political dialogue with a respect for democratic norms and standards,” the statement reads.

“I therefore call on all those concerned to put an end to this dangerous situation without delay, and to return to the use of democratic means. Democracy, human rights and the rule of law must prevail. The freedom of assembly must be fully respected,”  Thorbjørn Jagland said.

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