Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Armenia, UN sign memorandum to combat human trafficking

Public Television of Armenia, Yerevan
14 Jun 05

[Presenter] The Armenian Prosecutor-General's Office will soon present the government with a draft law on additions and changes to the Armenian Criminal Code. The main goal of these changes is to improve the struggle against human trafficking. Human trafficking is a new type of crime for Armenia, and the United Nations and the Armenian Prosecutor-General's Office have launched a joint struggle against it.

Armenia's Prosecutor-General Agvan Ovsepyan and the UN deputy permanent coordinator in Armenia, Aleksandr Avanesov, have signed a memorandum on mutual understanding in which the parties agreed to set up a new department at the Armenian Prosecutor-General's Office within the framework of this memorandum in order to combat this type of crime.

[Avanesov speaking in Russian with Armenian voice-over] We believe that this memorandum is an integral part of the UN programme. There is such a problem in all the post-Soviet countries and similar programmes are also being implemented in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Our donor countries have also welcomed the implementation of this programme.

[Armenia's Prosecutor-General Ovsepyan] We have taken considerable measures to solve crimes in 2004-2005 and have made progress. A general mechanism of investigating criminal cases has been established.

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