TuesdayJanuary 27
  • USD 472.1
  • EUR 530.88
  • RUB 7.21

Scandal at PACE: Armenian delegation member attacked

17:59, 13.04.2011 Region: World News, Armenia, Turkey Theme: Politics

YEREVAN. - PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu is exerting pressure on the PACE Secretariat, Chairwoman of the Committee on European Integration, Parliament of Armenia, member of the Armenian delegation to PACE Naira Zohrabyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.

The Turkish delegation members recently finished speaking at PACE. Turkish Premier Recep Erdogan made a speech as well, she said.

Zohrabyan got registered for questions to Erdogan. She called in at the PACE Secretariat to know she was third in the list, and Zaruhi Bostanjyan, another member of the Armenian delegation, was the fourth. However, after Erdogan’s speech, the list was read out with a major delay. Zohrabyan “turned out” to be 21st, and Bostanjyan 27th.

“So I lost the opportunity to ask the Turkish premier a question,” Zohrabyan said.

The Armenian delegation will certainly demand explanations from the PACE Secretariat for the “oversight.”

“I am sure that our names suddenly turned out much lower on the list due to PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu’s pressure,” Zohrabyan said.

Moreover, the secretary of the Armenian delegation to PACE was attacked by the Turkish Premier’s bodyguard.

“His retinue included women-bodyguards. One of them had stood near me. The secretary standing beside me was to interpret for the Armenian delegation. The bodyguard was bothering us as much as she could, and even gave him a shove,” Zohrabyan said.

However, after Edrogan made his speech, despite all the attempts by his bodyguards and members of the Turkish delegations, Naira Zohrabyan “broke [her] way through the crowd” to the Turkish premier and gave him a “present”, an album with pictures of Armenian children murdered during the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

"I told him to look into the eyes of the innocent children and see anguish there. He said he would certainly do that. But, he added, ‘if Armenia goes on holding such positions, Turkey will show some pictures as well’. I wonder what pictures is he going to show?” Zohrabyan added.

She told Erdogan she wanted to ask him a question about notorious Article 301 of the Turkish Criminal Code. This article was particularly applied to the Turkish novelist and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk.

After a short talk, some Turkish officials “took Egrogan away.”

Armenia News - NEWS.am

Read more:

Armenia delegation to attend PACE Winter Session

There are several important issues on the agenda, but there are none related to Armenia…

Armenian FM briefs deputies on foreign policy

Edward Nalbandia attended working consultations with the members of Armenian delegation to PACE...

PACE did not reject Armenia’s ECHR judge nominations – MFA

But rather Armenia decided not to forward to the PACE the list of the winners of the respective national contest…

GRECO: Armenia implemented all 19 recommendations

The report said Armenia adopted a new Election Code, along with amendments to the Law on Political Parties as well as to the Code of Administrative Offences...

PACE to discuss intolerance and discrimination in Europe

The agenda for upcoming winter session has been revealed...

Armenia presidency at CoE was productive – representative

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian received Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the outgoing Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan…

More in topic

Azerbaijan awaits new proposals on Karabakh peace talks – newspaper

The Armenian President has given his prior consent to a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart…

Iran expects political decision from US

Javad Zarif met with Secretary of State John Kerry...

Analyst: No increased degree of tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia

The incidents occurring in border area are “a part of the current situation”...

MEPs elect Jean-Claude Juncker to head EU Commission

Despite strong opposition earlier from UK…

Israel resumes air strikes on Gaza

Israel stopped air strikes for six hours...

Armenian MPs visit UK

They were at Oxford University, too…

Partner news