The Latin American Parliament(Parlatino) approved on Friday June 31 a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The Panama-based body that was created in 1964 with the Declaration of Lima, and is composed by the National Congresses and Legislative Assemblies of all Iberoamerica. This new recognition of the crime against humanity perpetrated by the Turkish state, adds to the resolutions adopted by Parliaments in South America this year, as was the case of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, the Federal Senate of Brazil and the State Legislature of Rio de Janeiro.
The constitutional reforms are just legalizing the plunder Armenia has faced for over 20 years, says Ashot Manucharyan, member of the Karabakh Committee, ex-interior minister, advisor to the first president of Armenia for national security.
"Wake up, Armenia" movement that is demanding the reverse of the energy price hike decision will inform of its further actions on Aug 1, David Sanasaryan, a member of the movement, told ArmInfo journalist.
"The Armenian police keep hindering the sit-in against the rising electricity tariffs. So, the police violate Article 24 of the Law on Freedom of Assembly by infringing the right to peaceful rallies," the movement says in a statement.
The genocide against Yezidis in the Middle East is still going on. The Yezidis are not only being annihilated but also being deported from their places of residence, Sashik Sultanyan, Head of the National Committee of Yezidis NGO, said at a press conference in Yerevan.
Armenia might become a corridor between the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea, Mohammad Raiesi, the Iranian ambassador to Armenia, said during the July 24 press conference in Yerevan.
The Armenian side is fully controlling the situation in the area of Karabakh conflict. This has been stated by Seyran Ohanyan, the Minister of Defense of Armenia, in his interview to the journalists on July 24 2015 commenting the escalations on the line of contact of Karabakh - Azerbaijan forces and on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey has accused Belgian parliament of distorting the historical facts and disregarding the law. "Turkey has been accused once again unfairly by the decision on the commemoration of the Armenian genocide centennial adopted by the House of Representatives of Belgium on 23 July 2015," the Turkish MFA statement reads.
Turkey is enforced to join the coalition against the Islamic State, since its isolation was gradually increasing. This opinion has been expressed by Hakob Chakryan, Turcologist, in his interview with ArmInfo journalist on July 24 2015. "Turkey was enforced to allow the air strikes of the US militaries against the guerillas of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from the military base of Injirlik, since due Turkey protection of the terrorists it has spoiled its relations both with the neighboring and regional and European countries and the US.
The Turkey-Islamic State (IS) confrontation and Ankara's decision to provide the United States with a staging area for delivering air strikes against the IS are the results of a US-Turkish deal, Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the Oriental Studies Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, has told ArmInfo.
46% of Armenia citizens deem the Constitutional reforms in Armenia necessary, Aram Navasardyan, the head of the GALLUP International Ђssociation representation in Armenia, said during the presentation of the poll results on constitutional reforms. According to him, only 45% of pollees were aware of the reforms. Navasardyan says that 46% of pollees believe constitutional reforms to be necessary, 16% were at loss to answer, while 38% do not find it necessary to carry out a referendum.
Armenia seems to partially return to the mists of socialism building times when a “Party” would take every single decision. At least this conclusion springs to mind when one tries to analyze the draft constitutional reforms.
ArmInfo News Agency has received a statement from "Wake up Armenia" civil movement, which does believe that a tide of public discontent can eliminate the energy price hike threat by Aug 1.
Armenian National Congress is urging the political powers to set aside their partisan differences and unite against the Constitutional reforms and raise protest tides.
The draft constitutional reforms are nonsense, Garnik Isagulyan, leader of the National Security Party, said at a press conference in Yerevan on July 22.
By escalating the tension on the Line of Contact of the Artsakh and Azerbaijani armed forces, Baku is trying to bring the Karabakh peace process to a deadlock, Eduard Sharmazanov, Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, has told ArmInfo when commenting on the new wave of escalation in the Karabakh conflict zone by Azerbaijan.
Armenia will again succeed at reconciling the parallel cooperation with Russia and the West, American analyst Paul Stronki says. The main evidence of Yerevan's success, he continues, is the fact that Moscow is willing to deploy "Iskander-M" missile complexes in Armenia. He thinks that Kremlin's step is not directed towards solving global problems alone.
The deployment of "Islander" complexes on the Armenian territory should be considered a real menace, not a real opportunity, military expert Stephen Blank, the senior analyst at U.S. Foreign Policy Council, believes.
"The Armenian president, who is urging to take a specific approach towards Yerevan and Baku, does acknowledge the reality", Hikmet Hajiyev, the Spokesperson at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, told the media.
The Armenian president's press office has informed that Serzh Sargsyan has sent a letter of condolence to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey on the blast in Sanliurfa province which claimed multiple lives. The letter reads as follows:
Armenia has already finished the first stage of the preliminary negotiations on elaborating a new comprehensive document on cooperation with the EU. As a result, the visa regime between RA and EU has been facilitated, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, has said during a press conference in Yerevan on July 20.
European Council's President Donald Tusk's arrival in Armenia speaks for the Armenia-EU solidarity in interests and understanding in respect of enhancing the ties and cooperation format, Serzh Sargsyan, the president of Armenia, told during the press conference on the outcomes of the meeting held with Donald Tusk.
"I am sure the smell of oil and gas and the taste of caviar turn many people's brains in European structures. Nevertheless, we will embark on the right path, otherwise, if the Azerbaijani president's statements and steps are forgiven, it will mean that something's wrong somewhere," Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a joint press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Yerevan.
Some political forces of Armenia do not take a serious view of the constitutional reforms. Nor do they want to attend the debates on the published 7 chapters of the draft Constitution, Hovhannes Sahakyan, Head of the Armenian Parliamentary Commission on State and Legal Affairs, MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), said at a press conference in Yerevan on July 20.
Vladimir Hakobyan has been appointed the press secretary of the head of State by the order of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. Arman Saghatelyan was exempted from that position by another order of the President. Vladimir Hakobyan was born in 1982. He worked at the National Security Service of RA as head of a unit at the Main Directorate from 11 December 2006 to 15 July 2015. His military rank - major. His marital status - not married. Earlier, Arman Saghatelyan on his Facebook page announced that he intended to leave for the private sector.
Arman Saghatelyan stepped down as the Armenian president's press secretary;
"I deeply respect the industrious millions of Azerbaijanis, honest and ordinary people," Russian multimillionaire German Sterligov says on his Facebook page. To note, Sterligov has recently moved to Nagorno Karabakh.
The reformed draft Constitution envisages introduction of a second round practice in the parliamentary elections in Armenia, but it does not at all rule out formation of a coalition. Nothing prevents the political forces that overcome the electoral threshold from forming a coalition before the second round. The same is true for the forces taking part in the second round, Hrayr Tovmasyan, member of the Commission for Constitutional Reforms, told journalists in Yerevan on July 17.
No one thinks that the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) will inevitably be elected at all elections for 100 years in a row, Hrayr Tovmasyan, member of the Commission for Constitutional Reforms, told journalists in Yerevan on July 17.
The Governance Council under the Parliament Speaker will make the parliamentarian idlers attend the Parliament's sittings, Vardan Poghosyan, member of the Commission for Constitutional Reforms, told journalists in Yerevan on July 17.
The adoption of the constitutional reforms initiated by the authorities will result in establishment of the ruling party's dictatorship in Armenia and perpetuation of the regime of Serzh Sargsyan and his party, Levon Zurabyan, Head of the Armenian National Congress Faction, has told ArmInfo.