Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Ashot Safaryan
Challenges and threats Ukraine is facing now are relevant also for Armenia, Pre-Parliament public interest group said in a statement, Friday.
According to the group, the developments in Ukraine can be considered as an attempt to fundamentally transform the territory of the former Soviet Union, with its consequences to affect all the post-Soviet countries, including Armenia.
Pre-Parliament believes that the new reality in Ukraine will result in drastic changes of the political situation in the entire post-Soviet area, and possible scenarios depend on the balance of interests of the world's power centers. At the same time, a conflict of interests of the leading actors may weaken their influence on the processes here for a long period of time. In this light, the role of the local powers cannot be underestimated, the public interests group says. Comparing the situation in Armenia and Ukraine, the authors of the statement outline also some differences.
"In Armenia there is no ethnic split. Hence, there are no premises for a civil war. The situation in Armenia is aggravated by the Artsakh issue and the problematic relations with Turkey," the Pre-Parliament says.