I think Armenian courts treat all citizens committing offences very mildly,” Serzh Sarkissian said in reply to A1+. We wondered what measures the Armenian authorities take with regard to the PACE recommendation to free all those detained under Articles 300 and 225 of the RoA Criminal Code.
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On July 21 a news conference was held at the presidential office dedicated to the 100th day of Serzh Sarkissian’s presidency. Most questions concerned the relations between Serzh Sarkissian and Robert Kocharian and the rumoured influence of Robert Kocharian on public administration.
Today is the 100th -day of my activity in the position of the President of the Republic of Armenia. Hundred days, which is a symbolic chance to sum up the works done, and to highlight over again the agenda of the priorities for the development of our country. The previous 100 days were aimed at touching upon the expectations, hopes and demands of thousands of our citizens. To create grounds for the continuation of those changes, which are the direct imperatives of the country’s future development.
The conversation is about all the spheres of activity: internal and foreign policy, the perfection of the security and armed forces, the police and the judicial system, productive economic policy, including tax and customs service. There are spheres, where, in a short period of time, we managed to record success. In all the other spheres the results will very soon be visible.
I have started to put into operation my program which most of you have approved, which includes settlement of many concrete and important issues. The previous 100 days showed that we will manage to solve most of them much earlier than we expected and we will need a long period of time to settle some of them, a long period, but not more than we have planed.
Believe me I’m not saying that you must wait, because even I can’t wait. I want to see all the problems solved as soon as possible. I want to see the positive results of the struggle against injustice, indifference and poverty.
At the end of the 100 days of my term of office I would like to appeal to you to answer to one question: “What changes have you noticed during this period of time?”
Unfortunately some people are very pessimistic about the changes made in the country. With my consistence I’m trying to change their pessimism. Our work won’t be limited to 100 days. This working style will turn into a norm.
I have always been in touch with you, openly and sincerely. And today I’m as sincere as usual. But we need to be optimistic to realize our programs.
Even when you do a small job you must be well disposed. As a society we must try to realize big programs, make big changes, and appreciate our country’s development process.
You must remember that you are the citizens of independent Armenia and today we are writing the new page of our history. And the history doesn’t depend on the President only. Our children and grandchildren will also participate in it.
My desire and goal is to see them living in free, democratic, and developed Armenia.
We will create that Armenia together.”
The 8th pan-Armenian “Baze” (hawk) youth gathering is being held in Jermuk from 11 till 18 July. Yesterday President Serge Sargsyan visited the 650 participants of “Baze” who have arrived here from different parts of Armenia, Artsakh, Javahk and the Diaspora.
Addressing the “Baze” activists representing the red, blue and orange fronts, the President said, “ ‘Baze’ pan-Armenian youth gathering seems to be the model of our people who are scattered all over the world. ‘From most different parts of the world – for the sake of the realization of the desires of Armenia and the Armenian people’: this is how I imagine the original motto of ‘Baze’.
The concerns of the President have serious grounds
The fact that our country’s leadership has focused its attention on the alarming situation in the sphere of information security has serious reasons and why not – a pre-history, as this sphere plays a crucial role in ensuring the country’s national security in general.
The assessments and proposals given to Armenian-Turkish relations by President Serge Sarsgyan during his meeting with Armenian community in Moscow and Russian experts have turned into a matter of discussion not only for different international frameworks but also Armenian political figures and the press.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt the word of the leaders of Armenia and Turkey that have no diplomatic relations between each other, is extremely interesting both inside and outside our country. But regrettably some use these announcements as a tool for their new political speculations.
If we compare Serge Sargsyan’s announcement made in Moscow regarding Armenian Turkish relations with the previous ten years’ foreign policy of Armenia, we will see that nothing has been changed in the country’s stance towards Armenian-Turkish relations.