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YEREVAN. – Armenia is a sovereign state, and it accepts the advice by international organizations as an equal party.

National Assembly Chief of Staff-Secretary General Hrayr Tovmasyan, who is also co-author of the constitutional reform package of the country, on Thursday told the aforementioned to reporters.

He noted this commenting on the recent Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) monitoring mission report on the constitutional referendum, which was conducted in Armenia on December 6, 2015.

“Armenia respects the international organizations, and listens to their views,” Tovmasyan said. “[But] we [i.e. Armenia] never undertake reforms just to win the liking of these organizations; we need the reforms.”

In his words, considering the previous elections in Armenia, the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations will be discussed during the adoption of the new Electoral Code of the country, and most of the respective shortcomings will be resolved.

The OSCE/ODIHR report had pointed to several major irregularities during the abovementioned referendum on constitutional amendments.

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