Ar­me­nian sol­diers in oc­cu­pied Karabakh forced to pay money

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

Ar­me­nia has com­pleted an­other col­lec­tion of taxes from the di­as­pora held un­der the ti­tle of char­ity marathon of the Hayas­tan Foun­da­tion.

Nikol Pashinyan is yet us­ing po­lit­i­cal tricks to meet his pas­sion to take a post of prime min­is­ter in Ar­me­nia. Pop­ulist state­ments on Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict is a very con­ve­nient po­lit­i­cal tool for him to ma­nip­u­late con­fi­dence of vot­ers and gain a ma­jor­ity in the Na­tional Assem­bly Pashinyan. This can smooth his path to the top of gov­ern­ment.

De­spite pre­vi­ous agree­ments and prin­ci­ples of hold­ing peace talks on res­o­lu­tion of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, Pashinyan re­peated his provoca­tive state­ment, urg­ing that ef­fec­tive­ness of the ne­go­ti­a­tions de­pends on the di­rect in­volve­ment of Nagorno-Karabakh. Pashinyan be­lieves that the Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship has no po­lit­i­cal, le­gal or moral ba­sis to con­duct ne­go­ti­a­tions on its be­half.

"This state­ment harms the process of con­flict set­tle­ment that is so weak and demon­strates the in­ten­tion to con­sol­i­date the “fait ac­com­pli” sit­u­a­tion that has de­vel­oped as a re­sult of Ar­me­nia’s use of force against Azer­bai­jan," said act­ing spokes­woman of the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry Leyla Ab­dul­layeva. The act­ing prime min­is­ter's state­ment re­peats the un­founded and pre­vi­ously ex­pressed opin­ion in con­nec­tion with the in­volve­ment of NagornoKarabakh in the ne­go­ti­a­tion process, and is in­tended for the in­ter­nal au­di­ence on the eve of the elec­tions.

Ab­dul­layeva states that if Pashinyan was in­ter­ested in re­solv­ing the con­flict, he would not have im­peded the for­mat of the ne­go­ti­a­tions con­ducted un­der the lead­er­ship of the OSCE Minsk Group. In these ne­go­ti­a­tions, Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan are di­rect par­tic­i­pants, as was openly de­fined by the de­ci­sion of the Helsinki Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of the CSCE (now the OSCE) in 1992.

She noted that un­rea­son­able and con­tra­dic­tory state­ments of the per­son act­ing as the Prime Min­is­ter of Ar­me­nia show that he can­not go far from his pre­de­ces­sor in “build­ing a good fu­ture” for the Ar­me­nian peo­ple. This state­ment raises doubts about the sin­cer­ity of Ar­me­nia on the eve of the bi­lat­eral meet­ing, which was dis­cussed dur­ing the visit of the co-chairs to the re­gion.

The first par­lia­men­tary elec­tions will be held in Ar­me­nia after the change of power in the re­pub­lic fol­low­ing the “vel­vet rev­o­lu­tion” on De­cem­ber 9.

For­mer Pres­i­dent of Ar­me­nia Serzh Sargsyan re­signed amid protests against his elec­tion as Prime Min­is­ter on April 23. At a rally on April 17, op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tar­ian Nikol Pashinyan an­nounced the start of a “vel­vet rev­o­lu­tion” in the coun­try. On May 8, the Ar­me­nian par­lia­ment elected Pashinyan as prime min­is­ter of the coun­try.

After the con­sti­tu­tional re­form ap­proved at the 2015 ref­er­en­dum, Ar­me­nia moved from pres­i­den­tial to par­lia­men­tary sys­tem of gov­ern­ment. All power is con­cen­trated in the hands of the coun­try's prime min­is­ter. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive func­tion is as­signed to the Pres­i­dent Ar­men Sargsyan elected by the par­lia­ment on March 2.

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