VAHAGN HAROUTYUNYAN, senior investigator of the Special Investigative Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office and Head of the Investigative Group, was invited to yesterday’s session of the NA interim committee investigating the March 1-2 events. The purpose of his participation was to give details on the circumstances of the prosecution of the 3 MPs who are currently under arrest.
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Statement Made By The “National Democratic Party”
In internal political struggle one shouldn’t cross the border after which our national interests are jeopardized, two Armenian states the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh deteriorate in the international arena. The collection of signatures about handing Robert Kocharyan over to Hague Court crosses this border.
The in-depth analysis of the recent events in Armenia is still to come; nevertheless, we can draw certain conclusions. First of all, we would like to touch upon one of the extremist statements made by former Armenian presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrosyan. During the Constitutional Court hearing on March 5, 2008, the ex-President demanded that “an international inquiry into the March 1 events” be launched1.
Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan informed Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Tomas Hammerberg the names of those policemen who used special means during March 1-2 developments due to which three people died.
If we try to sum up the whole series of the threats, admonitions, proposals and promises voiced by L. Ter-Petrosyan, we will see that they are gradually becoming milder in tone on the one hand, and on the other hand, the “extramural monologue” is acquiring more and more serious contents.
Along with making threats and boastful statements, Ter-Petrosyan also advances proposals and even pronounces words of laudation which, however, start contradicting the previously-made statements. In the recent period, Ter-Petrosyan has managed to deliver three speeches during his rallies organized in Yerevan (June 20 and July 4) and Gyumri (June 28). The ex-President has also managed to introduce his own viewpoints through his Press Secretary.
On Saturday evening, March 1, on the eve of presidential election in Russia, Armenia’s Yerevan witnessed the mount of tension after the February 19 presidential election, when the country’s opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan lost to Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. The climax of political crisis in Armenia, Russia’s strategic ally in Transcaucasus region, will by all means have serious consequences both for Armenia and Russian foreign policy in the region.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan as a Tool of Armenia’s Destabilisation
A long awaited happening, the interest to which had been fanned for months, took place in Armenia. On October 26, 2007 former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, currently an actual leader of Armenian National Movement (ANM), the former ruling party made a 90-minute speech in Theatre Square in Yerevan. Despite quite a few logical discrepancies, pseudo-historic excursions, dubious allusions and populist declarations he declared his intention to run for presidency in February of 2008. Many people attended the meeting, but those who are still sincerely fond of the former president were evidently in the minority. There were many people who were there out of sheer curiosity and those who are always displeased with any acting authority.