Monday, 3 March 2008

EU calls for Armenian opposition leader to be freed

03 March 2008, 21:02 CET

(BRUSSELS) - The European Union on Monday called on Armenia to lift a state of emergency and free an opposition leader from house arrest and demonstrators detained by police after deadly weekend riots.

"I urge the Armenian government to lift the state of emergency declared on March 1," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement.

"I also call on the Armenian authorities to lift any restrictions on free movement for former presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian and to release any citizens detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly," she said.


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