The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), following an open debate on a notorious Syria visit on Russian invitation of PACE President Pedro Agramunt, deprived him of the right to represent the Assembly, head of the Ukrainian delegation Volodymyr Ariev wrote on Facebook on Friday, April 28.
”PACE President Agramunt failed to write a resignation letter and neither did he appear at the Bureau [meeting]. Accordingly, he did not make a single statement that he promised earlier. The Bureau of the Assembly has just expressed no-confidence by an absolute majority of votes, refusing to allow [Agramunt] to go on visits, make statements, and conduct other activities on behalf of PACE,” Ariev wrote.
He explained that now, Agramunt had only retained a mere title of the PACE president, deprived of his actual authority.
”PACE doesn`t even have a procedure for recalling the president from office. For 50 years there was no need for it. Now the regulatory committee should develop such procedure. I believe no one here wants to deal with Russia anymore. It`s toxic,” wrote Ariev.