BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Sunday said that it expects the Armenian authorities to fully respect the right of freedom of assembly and apply the law in a fair and proportionate manner.
All those who have been detained while exercising their fundamental right of assembly in accordance with the law must be released immediately, said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement. “It is of utmost importance that all parties involved show restraint and act responsibly, shed said, stressing that “an inclusive dialogue, as President Arman Sarkissian has called for, which aims for an immediate and peaceful resolution to the situation, is essential.” “It is therefore disappointing and worrying that today?’s short meeting between Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and MP Nikol Pashinyan did not prevent further escalation,” she added.
According to media reports, the opposition is organizing daily demonstrations to protest recent constitutional changes seen as an effort by Sargsyan, who became prime minister last week after stepping down as president, to retain power.
The parliament approved the constitutional change on Tuesday.
Source: Kuwait News Agency