Political expert: Reports that the Azeri Parliament might adopt a law "On Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan" were just an attempt to see the reaction of the Azeri society, Armenia and the world community
Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
"I am afraid the assassination attempt against me will have a negative effect on the international image of Armenia", leader of the National Self-Determination Union, presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan told journalists, having come out of the intensive care unit on Saturday.
He said that those who dislike the idea of Armenia's self-determination are behind this crime. "We have an immense potential that we don't use. I advocate maintaining civilized relations with all states", he said. He thinks that there are no people inside the country, who want to resist his idea of
full-fledged democracy. "These are external enemies of Armenia or their agents inside our republic", Hayrikyan said. He also said that arrangements are being reached at all levels to postpone the presidential election for 15 days.
To remind, the leader of National Self-Determination Union, presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan was shot in the shoulder Wednesday night and taken to hospital. The police are investigating the case.
To note, 8 candidates will run for presidency on Feb 18: incumbent President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan, leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisian, leader of Self-Determination Union Paruyr Hayrikyan, leader of National Accord Party Aram Harutyunyan, former Foreign Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Arman Melikyan, political expert Andreas Ghukasyan and folklore specialist Vartan Sedrakyan.