As reported by Censor.NET citing PACE press office, the Bureau further resolved that Agramunt is not authorised to undertake any official visits, attend any meetings or make any public statements on behalf of the Assembly in his capacity as president.
"The president chose not to attend the Bureau today, and has not presented a letter of resignation. As a result, and in the context of the current Rules of Procedure under which the president cannot be compelled to resign, the Bureau felt it necessary to take these steps," said Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC), Senior Vice-President of the Assembly, after chairing the Bureau meeting.
"The standards and principles of the Parliamentary Assembly are more important than any individual member, and the integrity of our Assembly must be upheld," he added.
The visit of President Agramunt to Syria caused controversy among the Assembly members.
On April 25, PACE held a hearing on Agramunt's visit to Syria. He repeatedly hinted during the hearing that he might tender his resignation on Friday. The members of Ukrainian delegation to PACE said they sought resignation of President Agramunt due to the uproar caused by his visit to Syria.
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