Nikol Pashinyan not to join March 1 rally for health reasons


Nikol Pashinyan, an opposition MP from the Armenian National Congress, was hospitalized and operated on Thursday night, learned from an assistant.
Lusine Aghababyan, a deputy director of the medical center Nayiri (where Pashinyan was taken) later told our correspondent that he has undergone an appendix surgery.
Asked whether the opposition MP will be in hospital on March 1 (the tragic anniversary of the 2008 post-electoral turmoil that saw 10 people killed in Yerevan), she gave a positive answer. Pashinyan will not thus join the Saturday opposition rally aimed at commemorating the victims of the March 1, 2008 tragic events.


Bako Sahakyan commemorates Sumgait victims

President of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic Bako Sahakyan has paid tribute to the Armenian victims of the 1988 Sumgait pogroms.
On Friday morning, he visited the Memorial Complex in capital Stepanakert to lay flowers in memory of the martyrs.
According to a press release by the NKR Presidential Office, Sahakyan was accompanied by Archbishop Pargev Martirossyan, the primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and top government officials.

ARF-D proposes closing ‘March 1 political chapter

Secretary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Aghvan Vardanyan does not see any accusation against the ARF-D in Armenian MP Alexander Arzumanyan’s statement.

Arzumanyan stated on in Parliament on Thursday that all the political forces shared the responsibility for the tragic events in Armenia’s capital on March 1, 2008.

“We had a talk and I cannot say he brought an accusation against Dashnakstutyun. I have not seen any grounds for any accusations against the ARF-D over the years, including political accusations,” Vardanyan said at a press briefing. 

The only fact mentioned is that the ARF-D was part of the ruling coalition before and after the March 1 events.

“We have never reaped dividends due to political populism. Being or not part of the ruling coalition does not mean we covered the matter up, and our work in the relevant commission was evidence thereof,” Vardanyan said. 

March 1 is nearing, but no progress has been recorded. “It is right to close the political chapter,” Vardanyan said. 

The only thing that remains unsolved is “which of the policemen killed a particular person so that each one responsible can be called to account.” 

Proper investigation into March 1 murders under way, Armenia’s prosecutor general says


The necessary work is being done to solve the March 1 murders.

But each detail of the investigation is not to be published, Armenia’s Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan told reporters following the cabinet meeting on Thursday, as he commented on the statements in Armenia’s Parliament.

Some of the MPs have stated that no progress in the investigation has been recorded though Kostanyan has been holding the post of Armenia’s prosecutor general for a rather long period.

“Fair justice principles have nothing in common with the investigation,” Kostanyan said.

In terms of international law, it is the principle of effective investigation that should be discussed.

“In this respect, there exist standards of effective investigation. And I can assure you that all the necessary investigatory efforts are being made. I am sure you will yet be able to thoroughly discuss all the details,” Kostanyan said.

Armenia needs systemic reforms, says politician



Armenia needs systemic changes to overcome the current socio-economic crisis, an opposition politician has said, considering reforms an urgent demand by the society.
“We will fight the monopoly, the oligarchic system and the problems troubling the society,” Narek Galstyan, the leader of the opposition Social-Democrat Hnchakyan Party, told reporters on Thursday,
He said the party intends to collaborate with other political forces in an effort to achieve a progress. But he pointed out only to the Democratic Party of Armenia as the only political force with which collaboration is thought possible now.
As for other political forces, Galstyan said he thinks they are just expressing the civic discontent existing in the country, instead of guiding themselves by their own platforms and charter.

Bako Sahakyan conducts Security Council meeting


President of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic Bako Sahakyan convened on Thursday a meeting with the country’s Security Council.
According to a press release by the NKR Presidential Office, the combat-readiness and the organization of the Defense Army, and foreign policy issues were on the agenda of the event.
The ministers of defense, foreign affairs and agriculture, Movses Hakobyan, Karen Mirzoyan and Andranik Khachatryan, delivered corresponding reports at the meeting.
The president issued instructions to the heads of corresponding agencies.


The event was also attended by Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, and other government officials.

Armenian PM hosts Greek official

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan received Wednesday the speaker of Greece’s parliament, Vangelis Meimarakis, reports the Government’s Press Office.
Highly praising the centuries-old friendship between the Armenian and Greek nations and the interstate relations built on common values, the premier said that he expects the visit to be a good stimulus in the bilateral partnership.
“That’s a big value which we are obliged to preserve and to convey to the next generations. Your visit is a new oportunity to boost the Armenian-Greek relations,” he said.
Thanking the premier for the reception, the Greek official said he attaches a big value to inter-parliamentary ties in the process of expanding partnership.
The sides stressed the importance of deepening cooperation in the frameworks of the European Union.
PM Sargsyan said Armenia is committed to continue developing relations with the EU.
Mr Meimarakis promised for his part that his country, which now presides over the EU council, will invest its best efforts in establishing closer ties between Armenia and the Union.
“My visit to Armenia, especially in this period when Greece has taken over the EU presidency, is a message that Armenia will continue developing the cooperation with the EU,” he told the premier.