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#381 MosJan

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 01:27 PM

23 սեպտեմբեր, 2019 14:06

Քաջազնունուց՝ Փաշինյան․ Հայաստանի առաջնորդները՝ Միացյալ Նահանգներում
Հայաստանի Հանրապետության առաջնորդներից առաջինը, որն այցելել է Միացյալ Նահանգներ, եղել է Առաջին Հանրապետության առաջին վարչապետ Հովհաննես Քաջազնունին։ 1919-ի փետրվարին նա հրաժարվեց վարչապետի պաշտոնից և մեկնեց Եվրոպա ու Ամերիկա՝ սովահար հայ ժողովրդին ալյուր և այլ անհրաժեշտ սնունդ ապահովելու առաքելությամբ։

1919-ին Հայաստանը Ամերիկայից ստացել է 1 միլիոն 295 հազար 243 փութ ալյուր (մեկ փութը՝ 16,4 կիլոգրամ), 256 հազար 758 փութ ցորեն, 125 հազար փութ լոբի, 68 հազար 563 փութ բրինձ, 20 հազար փութ կորեկ, 8 հազար փութ եգիպտացորեն, 10 հազար 738 փութ վարսակ, 5 միլիոն 950 հազար տուփ խտացրած կաթ, 12 հազար փութ կակաո, 44 հազար փութ շաքար, 5 հազար փութ ճարպ, հազար հինգ հարյուր փութ թեյ։

Ամերիկյան սնունդը փրկություն էր Հայաստանի համար, այլապես սովից ու հիվանդություններից մահվան թվերը կլինեին ավելի սահմռկեցուցիչ։ 1918-1919 թթ․ ՀՀ-ում մահացել է 180 հազար մարդ՝ ամեն հինգերորդ բնակիչը։

Խորհրդային Հայաստանի վերջին տարիներից վերսկսվեցին հայ-ամերիկյան բարձր մակարդակի շփումները։ Խորհրդային Հայաստանի խորհրդարանի՝ Գերագույն խորհրդի վերջին նախագահ և հանրապետության փաստացի առաջնորդ Լևոն Տեր-Պետրոսյանը 1990-ի սեպտեմբերին եղավ Միացյալ Նահանգներում, իսկ մեկ տարի անց՝ 1991-ի նոյեմբերի 14-ին, արդեն որպես երկրի առաջին և ընտրված նախագահ, երդմնակալության արարողությունից 3 օր անց, արտգործնախարար Րաֆֆի Հովհաննիսյանի հետ ուղևորվեց Վաշինգտոն և Սպիտակ տանն արժանացավ Ջորջ Բուշ Ավագի ընդունելությանը։

Տեր-Պետրոսյանի՝ Միացյալ Նահանգներ երկրորդ, արդեն պաշտոնական այցը տեղի ունեցավ 1994թ. օգոստոսին: Սպիտակ տան օվալաձև դահլիճում նրան ընդունեց Բիլ Քլինթոնը: Սա համարվում է ամենաբարձր մակարդակով կազմակերպված այցը։

Երկրորդ նախագահ Ռոբերտ Քոչարյանը նույնպես երկու անգամ ընդունելության է արժանացել Սպիտակ տանը. առաջինը 1999թ. ապրիլին, երկրորդը՝ 2001թ. ապրիլին՝ Քի Վեսթից Հայաստան վերադարձի ճանապարհին:

Սերժ Սարգսյանը իր նախագահության 10 տարիներին 8 անգամ այցելել է ԱՄՆ, սակայն նրան չի հաջողվել ընդունելության արժանանալ Սպիտակ տանը: Սարգսյանը երկու կարճ հանդիպում է ունեցել Բարաք Օբամայի և մեկ կարճ հանդիպում ու համապատասխան լուսանկարներ Դոնալդ Թրամփի հետ: 2015-ի սեպտեմբերին Սարգսյանը Նյու Յորքում մասնակցել էր Բարաք Օբամայի անունից` ի պատիվ ՄԱԿ-ի Գլխավոր վեհաժողովի 70-րդ նստաշրջանին մասնակցող երկրների պատվիրակությունների ղեկավարների տրված ընդունելությանը: 2017-ի սեպտեմբերի 19-ի երեկոյան Սարգսյանը Նյու Յորքում մասնակցել է ԱՄՆ նախագահ Դոնալդ Թրամփի կողմից ի պատիվ ՄԱԿ-ի Գլխավոր ասամբլեայի 72-րդ նստաշրջանին մասնակցող երկրների պատվիրակությունների ղեկավարների տրված ընդունելությանը:

Հայաստանի չորրորդ առաջնորդ, վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանը դեռևս պաշտոնական այցով չի եղել ԱՄՆ-ում և չի ընդունվել Սպիտակ տանը։ 2018-ի սեպտեմբերին Փաշինյանը Նյու Յորքում մասնակցել է ԱՄՆ նախագահ Դոնալդ Թրամփի կողմից ի պատիվ ՄԱԿ-ի Գլխավոր ասամբլեայի 73-րդ նստաշրջանին մասնակցող երկրների պատվիրակությունների ղեկավարներին տրված ընդունելությանը:

Մինչ այդ, 2018-ի հուլիսին Փաշինյանը Բրյուսելում, ՆԱՏՕ-ի դաշնակից և գործընկեր պետությունների ու կառավարությունների ղեկավարներին հանդիպման ընթացքում, շփվելու հնարավորություն է ունեցել Թրամփի հետ։

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 09:26 AM

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Narek Sargsyan extradited to Armenia

 
 
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YEREVAN, DECEMBER 21, ARMENPRESS. Former President Serzh Sargsyan’s nephew  Narek Sargsyan has been extradited from the Czech Republic to Armenia, ARMENPRESS was informed from the official website of the Police of Armenia.

The criminal case against Narek Sargsyan was initiated on June 26, 2018 charged with obtaining, keeping, transporting and trading illegal weapons, armaments, explosive devices, as well as carrying out illegal movement and trade of narcotics.

Manhunt against Narek Sargsyan was announced on July 6, 2018 while starting from July 24 he had been internationally wanted.

He was discovered on December 6 in Prague.

Edited and translated by Tigran Sirekanyan

 

 

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 11:25 AM



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 09:50 AM

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105-year-old Italian citizen receives Armenian passport

 
 
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YEREVAN, MARCH 6, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has handed over an Armenian passport to Nourhan Josephovich, the 105-year old Italian citizen of Armenian descent who had applied for Armenian citizenship.

“I was greatly honored to grant the Republic of Armenia passport to our 105-year old compatriot Nourhan Josephovich (He was born in 1915 in Istanbul)”, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on social media. “It was even more touching to learn that Nourhan Josephovich had made the decision on returning to Armenia for permanent residency by being inspired with the non-violent, velvet, people’s revolution”, he added, posting a photo of the 105-year-old kissing the newly granted passport.

 

 

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 09:56 AM

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Armenian PM under increased pressure after “civil war” threat Following a week of attacks from his opponents, now Pashinyan is being abandoned by some of his allies. Ani Mejlumyan Nov 16, 2020

 Protesters clashed with police after the truce was announced on November 10. (photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie)

Embattled Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is coming under further pressure after controversial comments on social media that even allies interpreted as a threat to spark a civil war. The country continues to reel following its defeat to Azerbaijan.

“I watched dozens of videos of soldiers from the front line today,” Pashinyan posted on Facebook a bit past midnight on November 16. “I am amazed by the boys' insights. Guys, you are right. I am waiting for you in Yerevan. To finally solve the problems of those who are barking under the walls.”

In spite of the oblique language, the response was immediate and explosive. Many accused Pashinyan of trying to incite violence against his opponents, and even in more generous interpretations that he was engaging in an unproductive search for enemies when the country is in crisis. “Don’t you have anything better to do than to watch dozens of videos?” one user asked under his post.

The post appeared to be the last straw for many of Pashinyan’s allies. Within an hour, a member of parliament from his ruling My Step coalition, Gayane Abrahamyan, had announced her resignation. “I have been expending all my efforts to make the situation better and prevent the worst,” she wrote in her own Facebook post. “But effective immediately I consider my job as a deputy to be over. I apologize for many mistakes.”

Abrahamyan was followed by several others. Varak Sisserian, the chief of staff for Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, announced that he was leaving Pashinyan’s party, Civil Contract. Deputy Minister for the Environment Irina Ghaplanyan stepped down. Another member of parliament, Taguhi Tovmasyan, left Civil Contract but remained in parliament.

Pashinyan has been under heavy fire from his political opponents in the week since he signed a capitulation with Azerbaijan following a disastrous defeat in the six-week war between the two sides. Members of his ruling team came under physical attack immediately following the surrender and in the days that followed, opposition parties organized rallies calling him a “traitor” and demanding he resign.

It wasn’t Pashinyan’s first call for vengeance following the capitulation. In a Facebook video shortly after the deal was signed, he saidI call on all citizens who understand what is happening to take revenge” on members of the former regime, which he ousted in the 2018 “Velvet Revolution,” calling out some by name.

Over the weekend, the National Security Service (a law enforcement body under Pashinyan’s direct command) arrested several opposition leaders on charges of planning a coup. Among those arrested were Artur Vanetsyan, the leader of the Hayrenik party and a former head of NSS appointed by Pashinyan; Vahram Baghdasaryan of the former ruling Republican Party; and Ashot Minasyan, the commander of a volunteer military unit.

“The attackers, who opposed the domestic and foreign policy of the state, intended to seize power by assassinating the head of government,” the NSS said in a November 14 statement.

But the rash of resignations from his allies was a new escalation in the crisis.

Another My Step MP, Lusine Badalyan, said in an open letter to Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan that she had resigned “on that disastrous night” when Pashinyan signed the capitulation deal and Mirzoyan was dragged out of his car and badly beaten. “But when you were attacked, I took it back because it would be unfair to abandon you in that condition,” she wrote. “If My Step does not take immediate action at this time, I will resign.”

Pashinyan tried to walk back his comments in the morning. He posted again on Facebook, saying that “violence or incitement to violence can by no means be a tool of government […] now I expect the opposition as well to state clearly that it also renounces violence.”

At a press conference Pashinyan said he was not considering resigning. He later attended a session of parliament, which was boycotted by opposition MPs who said that they would only attend to discuss the prime minister’s resignation.

But other resignations continued: In the afternoon, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan issued a handwritten resignation note, which his spokesperson posted on Facebook.

Ani Mejlumyan is a reporter based in Yerevan
 


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Posted 18 November 2020 - 09:59 AM

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Opposition Prosperous Armenia Party reiterates need for cancelling martial law, dismissing PM

 
 
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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. The opposition Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) of the Armenian parliament says the lawmakers should debate only two issues– the dismissal of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and cancelling the martial law.

“Today we can debate only two issues - cancellation of the martial law and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation,” Prosperous Armenia lawmaker Naira Zohrabyan said in parliament during a regular session, which doesn’t include these items on the agenda.

 

BHK says Armenia needs to discuss a resolution to the existing situation with its strategic ally Russia.

Earlier the BHK said during an anti-government demonstration that they are launching the process of convening an emergency meeting of parliament with the agenda of debating the dismissal of the prime minister from office. The session, however, hasn’t taken place yet.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

 

 

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 10:01 AM

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Parliament Majority Leader says stabilizing situation is top priority for government and society

 
 
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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. Parliament Majority Leader Lilit Makunts says the top priority for both the government and the society is the stabilization of the situation.

“I am calling for calmness, vigilance and soberness,” Makunts said in parliament in response to repeated calls from the opposition demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

 

“The top priority task today should be stability, given the fact that the statement signed by the three states is a statement on ending the war,” she said, referring to the Karabakh armistice. “We are now in a very fragile condition and we should find solutions together. Having a mandate, keeping a mandate is very difficult because we are a part of our people and we ourselves have difficult emotions from our own failure,” Makunts said.

She didn’t rule out political changes. “As a government, we have our guilt and share of responsibility for the 2,5 years. But by running passions high at this phase, when our officials are engaged in very important negotiations, important processes are taking place over Artsakh, we don’t anyhow display our patriotism.”

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 10:02 AM

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Opposition parties boycott parliament session

 
 
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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. The two opposition parties of the Armenian parliament – the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and Bright Armenia Party (LHK) – boycotted the session and left the parliament hall.

LHK lawmaker Gevorg Gorgisyan said they have called for an emergency session of parliament to lift the martial law and that they won’t participate in other regular sessions.

 

“We have convened an emergency session with our colleagues with the proposal to lift the martial law. We won’t participate in any other debates,” Gorgisyan said.

In turn, BHK is also calling on lawmakers to debate solely the issue of dismissing the Prime Minister.

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 10:19 AM

Ara Ayvazyan appointed Foreign Minister of Armenia

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 18, ARMENPRESS. By the decree of the President of Armenia, Ara Ayvazyan has been appointed Foreign Minister of Armenia, ARMENPRESS was informed from the official website of the President.

On October 16, 2020 Ayvazyan had been appointed Deputy Foreign Minister.



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 07:55 AM

Definitely Putin is to get Pashinyan out, no doubts about it.

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Putin says Armenia could have stopped the war and kept Shusha The statement comes as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is coming under increasing criticism for his handling of the war and ceasefire negotiations. Ani Mejlumyan Nov 18, 2020
 

Armenia had the chance to stop the war in mid-October and maintain control of the key city of Shusha, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

The remarkable claim is likely to put even more pressure on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is facing the political fight of his life over his handling of the war and his country’s defeat.

In a November 17 interview with Rossiya 24, Putin recalled that he had a series of conversations on October 19 and 20 with Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.

“On the whole, I managed to convince President Aliyev that it was possible to end hostilities, but the return of refugees, including to Shusha, was a mandatory condition on his part,” Putin said.

Shusha (which Armenians spell Shushi) was Azerbaijan’s key goal in the war; it regards the city as its cultural and historical center in the region.

“Unexpectedly for me, the position of our Armenian partners was that they perceived this as something unacceptable,” Putin continued. “Prime Minister Pashinyan told me openly that he viewed this as a threat to the interests of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. I do not quite understand the essence of this hypothetical threat, I mean, it was about the return of civilians to their homes, while the Armenian side was to have retained control over this section of Nagorno-Karabakh, including Shusha, and meaning that our peacekeepers were there, which we have agreed upon both with Armenia and Azerbaijan. At that point, the prime minister told me that his country could not agree to this, and that it would struggle and fight.”

Putin’s claim contradicted Pashinyan’s many recent public statements in which he insisted that he had never been presented with an option to end the war that didn’t involve the surrender of Shusha.

Pashinyan and his allies have not directly responded to Putin’s statement. But military journalist and analyst Tatul Hakobyan said that the prime minister needed to explain in better detail his reasoning.

“Why did Pashinyan not agree with Putin's proposal when he had clear information about the capabilities of the Armenian army?” Hakobyan asked in a column on the news website CivilNet. Hakobyan suggested that Pashinyan may have been hoping for a military turnaround, or that he preferred to lose the war fighting rather than submit to the return of Azerbaijani refugees to Shusha. “There may be other options, and in order to give a complete answer to the question, Nikol Pashinyan's explanation is needed, how, why and under what circumstances Shushi fell,” he wrote.

In the aftermath of the war, many Armenians have turned against Pashinyan, and a common claim is that he “sold out” to Azerbaijan, including by ceding Shusha when the country still had a chance to win. A series of military officials have backed Pashinyan on that claim, arguing that Armenia’s military position was much more dire than many people believed. (That belief, incidentally, was fed by government officials’ overly rosy assessments of how the war was proceeding while Armenia was rapidly losing ground.)

In a way, Putin’s statement was a defense of Pashinyan. Following his account of the October 19 and 20 discussions, he concluded: “Therefore, these accusations of treason against him are absolutely groundless. On the other hand, it remains unclear whether this was right or wrong. This is a different matter, but there was certainly no treason here.”

Some of Pashinyan’s allies seized on that latter statement.

Deputy speaker of parliament Alen Simonyan tweeted Putin’s statement, commenting, “Accusations of treason against Pashinyan have no basis.” But others mocked his selective quoting: “You are publishing only one sentence as if we can’t read, listen and understand Russian,” one responded.

But Putin’s defense of Pashinyan, such as it was, was a backhanded one, and is likely to feed into increasing criticisms of the prime minister’s decision-making during the war.

Chief of Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan issued a statement on November 17 claiming that military officials told Pashinyan “on the fourth day of the war” that the Armenian forces were hopelessly outmatched against Azerbaijan and Turkey and that “measures must be taken to end the war in two or three days.”

On November 16 Mikayel Minasyan, the son in-law of former president Serzh Sargsyan and a frequent critic of Pashinyanpublished a document on Facebook that he claimed was an earlier iteration of a ceasefire deal that could have given Armenia better conditions, including retaining Shusha, no access road to Nakhchivan, and a broader security zone around the Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh to Armenia – 10 kilometers rather than five. “This was one of the options before the document you signed. After that, you received one more offer, after which you created a hopeless situation by signing the capitulation document,” Minasyan wrote.

Pashinyan has rejected such claims, arguing repeatedly that he was never presented with an option to end the war that didn’t involve losing Shusha. “I want to explain so people understand. Before Shushi had fallen, in all possible scenarios we were going to have to surrender Shushi,” he said in a November 13 interview with public television.

Pashinyan repeated the claim on November 16 in a press conference. Later that day, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anna Naghdalyan, responded to a question about Pashinyan’s statement: “Let me make it clear that there has been no question about renouncing the city of Shushi in any stage of the peace process.

Pashinyan soon after said that he intended to fire Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and almost simultaneously Naghdalyan posted Mnatsakanyan’s resignation letter on Facebook.

 

Ani Mejlumyan is a reporter based in Yerevan.

 



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 09:29 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Nov 19 2020
 
 
 
Armenian Parliament will meet to discuss lifting the martial law
 
 

Pursuant to Article 100 of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia and Article 41 of the Constitutional Law “Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly”, a special sitting of the National Assembly will be convened on November 26 at 11:00 by the decision of the NA Speaker on the initiative of the deputies of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly will discuss the issue of lifting the martial law.

The martial law was introduced on September 27, when Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, started a large-scale offensive against the republic of Artsakh.

 
 


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Posted 04 December 2020 - 09:35 AM

EurasiaNet.org
Dec 3 2020
 
 
In political crisis, Armenian president makes power play The previously apolitical figure has emerged as a challenger to the embattled prime minister. But his chances of success aren’t clear.
Ani Mejlumyan Dec 3, 2020 
           
 Friends or foes? President Armen Sarkissian meets Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan shortly before calling for his government to resign. (government handout)

As Armenia suffers a deep political crisis and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan fights for his political life, one figure has shown himself to be particularly ambitious.

President Armen Sarkissian, previously little more than a figurehead, has in the weeks after the war with Azerbaijan tried to position himself as a key political player. He has distanced himself from the controversial ceasefire agreement, called on the government to resign, and made a “private” visit to Moscow.

“In any country where a tragedy like this [the defeat in the war] happens, there is a solution: the government that is responsible has to resign,” he told members of Russia’s Armenian diaspora on November 28 during his Moscow visit. “If a politician is strong enough he can come back later. The last elections took place two and a half years ago. Now we are living in a different country.”

It all has fueled speculation that Sarkissian is aiming to replace Pashinyan. While Pashinyan has been badly weakened by the loss in the war, he has managed to stay in power so far in large part due to an absence of any credible alternative. Sarkissian – a relatively apolitical figure with a calm demeanor that contrasts with Pashinyan’s impulsiveness and who has proved himself adept in the international arena – is the rare exception. But how he may be able to capitalize on that status remains unclear.

Sarkissian’s entry into the spotlight contrasts to his modest political ambitions before the war. He was appointed by former President Serzh Sargsyan in 2018, shortly before the “Velvet Revolution” that brought Pashinyan to power. Even while Pashinyan sought to eliminate all vestiges of the old regime, Sarkissian managed to become an ally and held on to his position, becoming a relatively gray figure in Armenia’s otherwise black-and-white political scene.

Recent constitutional changes made the position of president largely ceremonial, and Sarkissian fulfilled his duties apolitically, signing off on new laws and government decrees unquestioningly. He was perhaps best known for a photo op eating ice cream with children he invited to his residence. 

Once the war started at the end of September, Sarkissian took a higher international profile, giving interviews to foreign media and making other appearances in which his command of the issues contrasted with Pashinyan’s often erratic performances.

As soon as the prime minister signed the capitulation to Azerbaijan, though, Sarkissian began to signal his distance. Within hours after the agreement was announced the president issued a statement saying he only learned about the deal from the media and that it should have been the subject of more negotiations.

The next day Sarkissian met with leaders of several opposition parties, and emphasized the importance of “maintaining the country’s stability, public solidarity and unity.” The following day he met with Pashinyan and the statement following that meeting was conspicuously terse.

On November 16, in an unprecedented address to the nation, Sarkissian formally called for the government to resign and for a national unity government to rule until new elections could be held. He called it “the only responsible approach” to the crisis.

Sarkissian’s proposal spoke to a concern among many Armenians that the fighting between Pashinyan and the opposition has distracted from the need to address the deep crisis in which Armenia has found itself following the war.

“There is not a single force that can handle this crisis alone,” he elaborated in a later interview. “It is essential to us that the government that works is not busy every day responding to its opponents, organizing counter-protests, responding to fake news or fakes, but is busy rebuilding the country and overcoming the crisis from morning to night.”

Sarkissian has not been the only one calling for the government to resign. A coalition of 17 opposition parties, including the former ruling Republican Party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Dashnaktsutyun have been doing the same, and organizing a series of street protests against Pashinyan.

But they do not appear to be on Sarkissian’s side, either. In a December 1 press conference, one senior Dashnaktsutyun official mocked Sarkissian for formally signing off on a series of personnel changes that Pashinyan has been making. “Someone who is signing these decisions is demanding that the government should resign, it’s absurd,” said the official, Aghvan Vardanyan.

That coalition has instead come up with a different candidate to replace Pashinyan, local media reported: Vazgen Manukyan, who was Armenia’s first post-Soviet prime minister. Those 17 parties, however, have little public support in Armenia; the major ones have been discredited for various roles in years of corrupt rule.

Sarkissian appears to be too mild an option for the main opposition because his demand is for a new government but not necessarily for Pashinyan himself to step down, said political analyst Stepan Danielyan. “For the main [opposition] players this was unacceptable,” he told Eurasianet.

Pashinyan has so far retained the support of his coalition in parliament, My Step, which holds a dominant majority. As long as that holds, there is no way to force the government to step down.

“I can do much more”

Sarkissian has himself denied interest in taking over Pashinyan’s position. “The president of the republic has a lot to do, and he does not think about being the prime minister. He is ready to work with any government elected by the people and the prime minister, and to bring his own contribution,” he said in a November 25 interview on public television.

At the same time, he hinted that he thought he should be doing more. “I think I can do more in foreign relations, foreign economy, investments, culture and diplomacy, but I do very little,” he said. “It is quite difficult for me as I want to work, and I certainly do, but I think I can do much more.”

Sarkissian’s trip to Moscow appeared to be aimed at assessing his own chances at replacing Pashinyan, said Arkady Dubnov, a Russian political analyst of the former Soviet Union, in an interview with RFE/RL. 

But it didn’t appear that Sarkissian got any overt support from the Kremlin. And Russian President Vladimir Putin subsequently gave Pashinyan a boost, praising the prime minister for what he called “courage” in signing the ceasefire agreement.

“I have to say, this decision was certainly painful, but necessary and required great courage from the prime minister,” Putin said during a video conference summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on December 2. “Our task is to support the prime minister of Armenia, and his team, in order to return to peaceful life, to implement the adopted decisions, to help the people who are in a difficult situation.”

 

Ani Mejlumyan is a reporter based in Yerevan.

 
 


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 09:26 AM

JAM News
Dec 8 2020
 
 
 
Armenian PM Pashinyan remains in office as opposition ultimatum expires
 
 
 
 

The term of the ultimatum put forward by the opposition to the prime minister in Armenia has expired; 16 opposition parties demanded that Nikol Pashinyan resign voluntarily before noon on December 8, otherwise they threatened to start wide-scale civil disobedience throughout the country, paralyse traffic in both the regions and in Yerevan.

Pashinan did not react to the ultimatum in any way, and the opposition called on citizens “to start actions of disobedience within the framework of the law.”

The police urged opposition supporters to refrain from actions that could disrupt public order.

%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%Police detain protesters in Yerevan. Photo by JAMnews Opposition rallies

At noon on December 8, the representative of the supreme body of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Ishkhan Saghatelyan urged people on his Facebook page to start actions of disobedience throughout Armenia:

“From this moment until 17:00, the citizens of Armenia have the legitimate right to conduct peaceful actions of disobedience in order to convey their discontent and demand to the authorities.”

At the same time, he warned that the protesters should act exclusively within the law and not succumb to provocations.

%D0%9F%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%Protesters blocked a street in Yerevan. Photo by JAMnews

Ishkhan Saghatelyan also addressed the prime minister:

“Leave without shock. At least this time, take care of the people, state and statehood. Your departure is a vital necessity for our people and state.”

Immediately after this appeal, participants in the disobedience action in Yerevan began to block the roads. The protesters were divided into several groups of 10 or more people.

At every intersection where activists managed to block the road, a few minutes later policemen drove out and pushed them onto the sidewalk. Some of the protesters were detained.

%D0%9F%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%Police detain protesters in Yerevan. Photo by JAMnews

The movement of trains at a metro station was blocked, which paralyzed the work of the metro as a whole.

The day before, Ishkhan Saghatelyan wrote on his Facebook page that the opposition plans to have Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resign and form a transitional government only through legal means.

According to him, Pashinyan has no public support, which means that ‘a clash is out of the question’, since ‘there are no opposing sides.’

Rally_Yerevan-1024x683.jpgProtesters in the main square of the capital. Photo by JAMnews Who else demands the resignation of the prime minister

On December 8, the Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II made an appeal to Pashinyan to resign.

In his message, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church called on the parliament to listen to the demands of the public, elect a new prime minister and form a government of national accord.

“Concerned about the alarming events, we also met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. In connection with the growing tension in society, external and internal challenges, as well as a low level of public confidence in the prime minister, we called on him to step down in order to avoid shocks, possible clashes and tragic turns,” the message of the Catholicos says.

On the day of the expiration of the opposition ultimatum, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I [the spiritual pastor of the Armenian dioceses of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, the Gulf countries, Greece, the USA, Canada and Cyprus] also called on Pashinyan to leave his post, and for a transitional government of national accord to be formed.

Earlier, the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences made the same appeal.

Former President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan spoke of the need to resign Nikol Pashinyan’s government, but only by constitutional means, and not as a result of “internal clashes”.

 
 


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Posted 11 December 2020 - 09:13 AM

CIVILNET.AM

 
10 December, 2020 23:56
 

By Gevorg Tosunyan

 
 
 

On November 9, the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan signed a trilateral statement, which effectively ended the 44-day war in Nagorno Karabakh.

Hours before the signing of this statement, 17 opposition forces in Armenia demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. This group included the second largest party in parliament, Prosperous Armenia, as well the former ruling Republican Party that was overthrown in 2018, and the ARF Dashnaktsutyun. Only one party of the 16 holds seats in the current parliament.

To this day, the group, which now consists of 16 parties, continues organizing protests, mainly in the country’s capital Yerevan. The opposition holds rallies and closes major streets, using the same methods that Pashinyan himself and his supporters used during the 2018 “Velvet Revolution”.

The demonstrations, however, remain relatively small. And those who speak from the podium during the rallies express their surprise at people’s unwillingness to come out to the streets for a cause that is of vital national importance.

They accuse the public of not realizing the seriousness of the moment and passively supporting the prime minister.

The fact that the opposition has been unable to attract large masses can be explained by the following circumstances․

1. Many who in fact support the prime minister’s resignation do not wish to be affiliated with the leadership of the street protests, they distrust those leaders, and do not hear solution-oriented steps from them.

2. In this post-war period, Armenians are feeling depressed, exhausted and politically passive.

3. Many are still mourning the deaths of those killed in the war. Black ribbons still hang in many Armenian streets, displaying the names and ages of those killed in the war.

4. There are many soldiers, volunteers and reservists who agree with the thesis put forward by the government, which is that following the fall of Shushi, Azerbaijani forces would have entered Stepanakert and struck towards any direction from which Armenian forces had not retreated. Therefore, they believe that the trilateral statement signed on November 9, no matter how heavy and catastrophic, prevented an even greater catastrophe.

On December 9, the 16 parties held another rally, but their message remains one-directional - Nikol Pashinyan must resign. Their speeches did not express constructive visions or roadmaps that would lead the country out of the crisis. They do not discuss solutions to urgent issues related to prisoners of war, Karabakh’s status, and the state of the country’s military.

There is an impression that the oppositions’s ultimate goal is not the resolution of the post-war crisis, but the resignation of the prime minister and the seizing of power through an interim government.

The opposition must clarify their end goals and the ways they plan to achieve them.

 

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Posted 26 December 2020 - 08:48 AM

News.am, Armenia

Dec 25 2020
 
 
Armenia PM: I'm inviting political forces to consultations over snap parliamentary elections in 2021
 
 

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan has posted the following on his Facebook page:

“Dear people, compatriots,

Now it is already clear that the opposition’s demonstrations demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation weren’t supported by the people.

The opposition had all the opportunities to generate the people’s support since it had tremendous financial and media resources and had resources for organizing the demonstrations, had wide opportunities to organize rallies and protests, but not only did the opposition fail to ensure the people’s support, it also had a minimum number of supporters, and there are fewer demonstrations at the square.

Nobody can say that the authorities maintained power through brutality. On the contrary, the authorities are blamed for being soft.

However, this in no way changes my and our political team’s commitment to bearing responsibility before the people. I am not clung to the seat of Prime Minister, but I also can’t be negligent towards the power granted to me by the people.

The people need to determine the fate of the future political leadership of the country through _expression_ of free will, and I, as Prime Minister of Armenia, consider myself the guarantor of the _expression_ of that will.

I am also ready to leave the post of Prime Minister based on the people’s decision, but I can leave the post only upon the people’s decision.

I am ready to continue to serve as the leader of the Republic of Armenia in this difficult period, if the people reestablish their confidence in me.

There is only one way to receive the answers to all these questions, and that is the holding of snap parliamentary elections.

Based on the aforementioned, I am inviting parliamentary forces and interested extra-parliamentary forces to consultations over the holding of snap parliamentary elections in 2021.”

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