Heritage party has always felt free to voice opinion –Armen Martirosyan


In an interview with Tert.am, Heritage parliamentary group member Armen Martirosyan commented on Heritage party Secretary Styopa Safaryan’s statement that he cannot understand reverting to the law on funded pensions if the law was actually approved back in 2011. 

Q. Mr Martirosyan, Styopa Safaryan has stated that Armenia’s opposition is tending to resemble Armenia’s authorities by “reverting to the law on funded pensions two years after it was approved in 2011.” The Heritage party, as well as the three other political forces, put its signature to the complaint under the Constitutional Court’s consideration now. Was Mr Safaryan’s morally and ethically right?

A. Stepan Safaryan voiced his personal opinion. Two of the four political forces – the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) and Heritage – were against the law from the beginning.

One more fact – a worse social and economic situation – has been added to the ones we cited at that time.

Although the Armenian National Congress (ANC) party was not a parliamentary force then, they might have supported the Heritage party and ARF-D. Now that the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) is acting as an opposition force, a certain situation is developing. As to whether it is right to voice such an opinion now that the four parliamentary forces are expecting the Constitutional Court to issue its ruling, I can say it is not a matter of right or wrong. Mr Safaryan has voiced his opinion, and the parliamentary forces are cooperating. I should note the Heritage party has always had its opinion and voiced it freely.


New Russian citizenship bill not to boost emigration from Armenia – governor


Governor of Armenia’s Tavush region Armen Khularyan does not think the new bill on facilitating the process of granting Russia’s citizenship will boost emigration.

“The situation will not seriously change if our citizens have their own attitude to their homeland and state,” he told Tert.am.

“I do not think many residents of our region will seek Russian citizenship. We have always had internal migration,” Khularyan said.

Armenia’s CU accession implies no switchover to Russian school model – minister

Armenia, which adopted the 12-year system in secondary education, is not expected to switch over to the Russian school model which is 11 years, says the minister of education and science.
Armen Ashotyan made the remark in an interview with Tert.am when was asked to comment on the Eurasian integration’s possible impact on Armenia’s secondary education system.
“Armenia switched over to the 12-year education in 2005. We have passed quite a long way and are very close to accomplishing the system, so we will not consider any change in the length of comprehensive education appropriate,” he said.
The minister added that the Armenian and Russian secondary school models are mutually recognizable and not expected to create any difficulties for school graduates deciding to further their education in one of the two countries.
Asked whether the membership in the Eurasian Customs Union will necessitate education reforms, the minister replied that the common economic area implies a free movement of the human capital, a process which he said would be unfeasible without corresponding legal solutions in the education sector.
As for the Bologna Process, Ashotyan said noted Armenia and Russia are member states of the Bologna Declaration, which makes them part of the European Higher Education Area in addition to the commitments under the CIS education treaties.
“The European experience is very important for us, because Armenia is a not only a member of the European Higher Education Area, but also a secretary state coordinating the reforms across Europe. So that experience is important and effective,” said the minister, adding that such an experience may also be useful for additional education programs and common projects among the CU member states.

Gas price in Armenia pegged to Russia’s domestic prices – Serzh Sargsyan


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan visited Armenia’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on Friday.

He held a meeting with the ministry staff and dwelt on the price of Russian gas for Armenia.

Armenia’s leader said in particular:

“Any optimal decision is only half of the work. Of course, the decision on the construction of a new nuclear power unit is very good, but it is only half of the work. We should be able to provide timely and competent explanations for this decision for the people to realize the significance of the decision. I can cite an example. We all, I too, all our citizens are concerned over the gas price. But, fortunately, no one is now speaking of the gas price that is envisaged by the agreement with Gazprom. Why? Because it is the lowest price Russia has set for a country. Secondly, people have realized that, under the agreement, this price will be in effect for five years. And it is pegged to Russia’s domestic prices, which are not expected to show a dramatic rise or will show the highest annual rise of 5%. Of course, it is not desirable. On the other hand, it is not what used to be. Moreover, not only our fellow-citizens, but also foreign businessmen are well aware of this. Seeing the predictability and the gas price, they think of starting up businesses in Armenia. And we have some examples. They even think they can export their products to the other Customs Union member-states without any hindrances.”

Nagorno-Karabakh president receives Pernod Ricard company reps


President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan received on Friday Executive Director of the Yerevan Brandy Company Artak Barseghyan and representatives of the Pernod Ricard company.

The sides discussed issues related to the activities carried out by the company in Artsakh and plans for the future.

Both sides highlighted the presence of all the necessary conditions for further expanding mutual cooperation.

Azerbaijan opens fire at Aigepar village


On the night of March 28, the village of Aigepar, Tavush region, Armenia, was under heavy fire by the Azerbaijani side.

Head of the Aigepar village community Anranik Aidinyan told Tert.am that the fire was opened at midnight and lasted for two hours.

“Fortunately, no one has been killed or wounded,” he said.

A media outlet reported that the Verin Karmiaghbyur and Movses communities came under fire as well. However, the information could not be verified.