On October 20 Preparliament member Alek Yenigomshyan was returning home in a car from the "100 years without regime" procession. A group of policemen, who introduced themselves as employees of the criminal investigation department, approached the car, took Yenigomshyan out of the car and left the visually challenged man on the streetway and went away. The passers-by helped Yenigomshyan to leave the streetway.
If there is at least one citizen in Armenia which trusts in independence of legal system, he should be involved in Guiness Book of Records, secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction, Naira Zohrabyan, said in the parliament today. She also added that naturally many cases of human rights breach were mentioned in the report of Armenia's Ombudsman, as there is no sector in Armenia where human rights are not breached.
Speaker of the Armenian parliament, Galust Sahakyan, told journalists today that he agrees to the idea that there are numerous unsettled conceptual problems in the republic, in particular, corruption, bribery and an atmosphere of auspices.
Armenia must not choose between the European Union and its neighbors in the region, Hungary's Ambassador for the Eastern Partnership Gabor Brodi said in an interview with ArmInfo. He said that the EU and Armenia may consider a cooperation format that will be close to the Eastern Partnership and will respect Armenia's sovereign decision.
Georgia's association with the European Union and Armenia's accession into the Eurasian Economic Union have created certain problems in Georgian-Armenian trade relations. And so, we are going to meet shortly to negotiate them, Ambassador of Georgia to Armenia Tengiz Sharmanashvili said in an interview with Azatutyun.am.
Turkey seeks to seize Kessab, Syria, Social Democratic (Hnchakyan) Party (SDHP) alarms. The Party has disseminated a statement wherein it brings the words by Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu suggesting that Ankara's intends to create a 'buffer zone' on the border with Syria, which implies, invasion of Syria's territory by Turkish troops.
Heritage Party has disseminated a statement wherein it condemns the court verdict that has convicted Shant Haroutiunyan, an activist and leader of Tseghakron Party. According to the Party, hooliganism was false incrimination and the term in prison is not proportional.
For reaching recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide, the Armenians of the whole world should consolidate around their motherland, vice-speaker of the parliament, press-secretary of the ruling RPA, Eduard Sharmazanov, said at the 4th conference of the NGO "National congress of western Armenians".
He said that there are 13 political prisoners in Armenia, including the leader of Tseghakron movement Shant Harutyunyan, his under-age son Shahen Harutyunyan and hero of Nagorno- Karabakh war Volodya Avetisyan, who were recently sentenced to 6, 4 and 6 years in jail.
The party regards them as political prisoners and will spare no effort to free them. "This will be one of the priority tasks of our campaign for changing the ruling regime," the ANC says. On Oct 17 Leader of Tseghakron Party Shant Harutyunyan was sentenced to 6 years in prison and his son Shahen Harutyunyan was given a 4-year suspended sentence.
Armenia's path and prospects in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are vague. The EAEU founders themselves do not know what to anticipate and are trying to minimize the risks for their economies in every possible way, Hovhannes Igityan, expert at the European Business Association, member of the Board of the Armenian National Movement Party, told the media on Friday.
Armenia, which has a ruined agriculture, can export nothing to the market of the Eurasian Union. Lyova Khachatryan, MP from the Prosperous Armenia Party, thinks that Armenia's agriculture is absolutely unready to join the EAEU.
Several Turkish media outlets have qualified the White House Administration's decision to showcase the Orphan Rug as a message addressed to Turkey. Ermenihaber reports with reference to Elazigdanhaber that the display of the Armenian rug symbolizing the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire can be considered in the context of the Washington-Ankara negotiations on the Incirlik military base.
The Armenian judicial system is the most dependent in the world and this is proved by the case of Tseghakron Party Leader Shant Harutyunyan and his friends, Naira Zohrabyan, MP from the Prosperous Armenia Party, told ArmInfo on Saturday.
The Armenian authorities do not want to lag behind Azerbaijani colleagues by the number of political prisoners in the country, Armen Martirosyan, Deputy Head of Heritage Party, told ArmInfo when commenting on the verdict against Shant Harutyunyan and his friends.
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group from the Russian Federation and France (Ambassador Igor Popov and Ambassador Pierre Andrieu) traveled to the region this week to meet with government leaders and participate in an OSCE Monitoring Mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The Co-Chairs were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. U.S. Co-Chair Ambassador James Warlick could not attend for personal reasons, but the U.S. side was represented on the trip.
Leader of Tseghakron Party Shant Harutyunyan has been sentenced to 6 years in prison and his son Shahen Harutyunyan has been given a 4-year suspended sentence. The verdict was delivered on October 17 by the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork Marash communities of Yerevan. The term for serving punishment starts from 5 November 2013 when Shant Harutyunyan and his supporters held a protest action in Liberty Square in Yerevan and were arrested following clashes with the police.
Heritage Party Leader Raffi Hovannisian would not mind seeing a new person and even a woman as President of Armenia. When asked by ArmInfo whether he will support Prosperous Armenia Party Leader Gagik Tsarukyan's possible candidacy at the elections in 2018, Raffi Hovannisian replied, "I think it is early to speak of the presidential elections.
ArmInfo’s interview with Director of Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan
The upcoming meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Paris was discussed at the meeting of the mediators and Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan. In this context, Minister Nalbandian said that Azerbaijan has intensified ceasefire breaches ahead of the meeting, as it usually does ahead of high-level meetings.
"It has put at threat the sovereignty of Armenia and Nagorno- Karabakh. We believe that Serzh Sargsyan has no right to make such decisions unilaterally with no preliminary public consultations," the party says.
Armenia is ready to cooperate with the European Union in all the fields possible, Artak Zakaryan, head of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs, said at his meeting with Rolandas Paksas, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU- Georgia, in Brussels, Thursday.
Ariel Cohen, PhD, has kindly agreed to give an interview to ArmInfo News Agency. Cohen is the Director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security in Washington, D.C. Cohen is a recognized authority on international security and energy policy, and the rule of law. He is Principal of International Market Analysis, a natural resources advisory company in Washington DC.
Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, Minister of Territorial Administration Armen Gevorgyan has tendered his resignation, Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said in the Government, Thursday. According to him, Armen Geovrgyan will continue his activity in the private sector, but will keep cooperating with the Government.
"The Draft concept paper is a good and valuable basis for the preparation of a concrete package of proposals for the reform of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, which would strengthen democratic principles and establish the necessary conditions for ensuring the rule of law and respect for human rights within the country. It is based on a comprehensive and consistent analysis of the situation in the country," says the Venice Commission in its conclusions on the draft concept of Constitutional reform in Armenia.
Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is a good opportunity for economic development of Armenia, Khosrov Haroutiunyan, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party of Armenia, MP from the Republican Party Faction, told reporters, Thursday.
The secretary of the parliamentary group of Prosperous Armenia Party Naira Zohrabyan has refused to comment on the statement by MP from Heritage Party Zaruhi Postanjyan that Prosperous Armenia has not broken its links with the ruling Republican Party.
If the opposition four wants to succeed, its members should finally break all the links with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, a member of the parliament from the Heritage party, Zarui Postanjan, said at today's press-conference.
ArmInfo’s Interview with Hovhannes Igityan, expert at the European Business Association, member of the Armenian National Movement
ArmInfo's interview with Andrey Areshev, expert at the Center for Central Asian and Caucasus Studies of the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov and Head of the Cypriot delegation the 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva Averof Neophytou discussed issues of the Armenian-Cyprian cooperation on sidelines of the event.