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5/10/15: Blasts in PAP offices, new IPAP, Khachaturov - CSTO Secretary General


Yuri Khachaturov
Yuri Khachaturov

Photo: Photolure

Daniel Fried
Daniel Fried

Photo: REUTERS

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

Photo: Mediamax


Today we live in a society, which can not imagine life without expressing views on social media. Probably it does have certain advantages. Nevertheless, many participants of active discussions have already forgotten or do not even know about the developments, which unfolded in Armenia 5, 10 or 15 years ago.

 

To fill the gap Mediamax presents 5/10/15 project, which introduce developments in Armenia 5, 10 and 15 years ago.

 

•    15 YEARS AGO: APRIL 11-17, 2007

 

Blasts in PAP offices

 

On April 12 spokesman for the Armenian President Viktor Soghomonian stated that the president is informed on the explosions, which took place last night in the offices of the Prosperous Armenia Party in Avan and Zeytun communities in Yerevan.

 

Soghomonian stated that “the Armenian president assigned the law-enforcement bodies to take up all the necessary measures to reveal the crime in a maximally short term and to prevent such phenomena in the future.”

 

“The country has all the conditions to hold a civilized political struggle. Strongly condemning the given crime, we consider it an effort to destabilize the situation and to establish an atmosphere of intolerance on the eve of the parliamentary elections. The manifestations of extremism cannot hinder the determination to hold democratic elections in Armenia, the president’s spokesman stated.

Photo: Photolure

The PAP’s statement particularly read:

 

“The given crime is directed not only against the “Prosperous Armenia” party, but also against the whole country. In the period of the pre-election campaign, the given actions represent an effort to destabilize the situation, to take the political struggle into another plane. The Prosperous Armenia party has repeatedly stated that it does not recognize extremist measures on the political arena. And today, we urge all the political forces to hold purely civilized struggle, fitting the political forces of a democratic country.”

 

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan stated that the explosions, which took place last night in the offices of political forces, unambiguously evidence that “there are people, for whom holding normal elections is not suitable”. “No matter what political force they represent, they are enemies, the enemies of the state, our people, normal, free and democratic elections,” the prime minister stated.

 

“War will destroy everything Azerbaijan is trying to achieve”

 

On April 11 Daniel Fried, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, stated that “war will destroy everything Azerbaijan is trying to achieve.”

Daniel Fried Daniel Fried

Photo: REUTERS

“Azerbaijan has made some progress in democracy, but it needs to make much more. A strong country has a strong free press and a strong opposition as well as strong central institutions, and Azerbaijan has every opportunity, like Armenia, although the economies are very different, to have a very good 21st Century,” Daniel Fried stated.

 

Sahakian’s confession

 

On April 16 the Director of the National Security Service of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakian stated that “I am very likely to be nominated for the position of the president.”

 

“This is a very important decision for each person, who realizes that the position of the president is rather a huge responsibility, than a political advantage,” Bako Sahakian said in an interview with Free Artsakh newspaper.

 

•    10 YEARS AGO: APRIL 11-17, 2012

 

Technical regulation on Iran-Armenia oil product pipeline

 

On April 12 the Armenian government approved the technical regulations on “Rules for the technical operation of the main oil product pipeline."

 

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan stated that this decision refers to the plans of the construction of the Iran-Armenia oil pipeline, and “we are obliged to ensure the technical rules from the outset.”

 

The oil product pipeline was not built.

 

Consensus on closer relations with the EU

 

On April 16 Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia, Chief Negotiator with the European Union Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated that “there is a consensus on the issue of closer relations with the EU in the Armenian society.”

 

“Everything is done for our sake. It’s the policy we adopted which aims to establish a state which meets the European standards,” stressed the diplomat.

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

Photo: Mediamax

Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea said in his turn that not only the authorities’ political will but also the society’s support is needed for deepening of Armenia-EU relations.

 

•    5 YEARS AGO: APRIL 11-17, 2017

 

New plan of cooperation with NATO

 

On April 12, Armenia and NATO approved the fifth Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) for 2017-2019.

 

The Armenian Foreign Ministry noted that since 2006, IPAP has been aimed at promoting reforms in the areas of defense and security, as well as developing the interoperability capabilities of the Armenian peacekeeping forces.

 

Yuri Khachaturov – CSTO Secretary General

 

On April 14 representative of Armenia Yuri Khachaturov was elected Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Yuri Khachaturov Yuri Khachaturov

 

The election of Yuri Khachaturov, Secretary at the National Security Council of Armenian President, took place at the informal meeting of CSTO member states in Bishkek.

 

Ara Tadevosyan

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