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Ref. DC 135(2016)

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

Stasbourg, 29.07.2016 – 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. 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. 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.

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Daniel Höltgen, Spokesperson of the Secretary General, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51