National Security & Defense

Opposition Slams Russian Arms Sales To Azerbaijan

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) – Armenia’s three leading opposition parties on Tuesday strongly criticized Russia for selling offensive weapons to Azerbaijan, saying that they will strengthen Baku in the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party said the arms supplies reportedly worth around $1…

To Greener Shores: A Detailed Report on Emigration from Armenia

by Nanore Barsoumian (www.armenianweekly.com, January 22, 2013) – “It’s been 10 years that I’ve been out of the country. Life is very hard in Armenia; there are no jobs over there,” Lilit1, 53, told the Armenian Weekly. “Women worked very long hours—we worked more than men—but were paid very little. One person would do three…

“The Legal Regime Of The State Of Emergency” Bill Approved

On March 21, the coalition government parties, which constitute the majority of the Armenian Parliament, amidst strongly expressed concerns by the opposition ARF-Dashnaktsutyun and Heritage, approved “The Legal Regime Of The State Of Emergency” draft bill’s amendments. According to the opposition, certain jurisdictions of the Parliament are being restrained by the amended bill and will…

Rustamyan: The Amended CSTO Increases Security

Armenia’s National Assembly (Parliament) debated on the ratification of the protocol concerning the amendments of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). During the discussions ARF-D Member of Parliament, Armen Rustamyan underlined that this protocol increases security measures. He said that the main opposition to the protocol argues that in case Armenia is attacked only two…

Arakelyan: Armenia’s Borderline Territories Should Not Be Merchantable

During the parliamentary discussions about Armenia’s land law amendments ARF-D Member of Parliament Ruzan Arakelyan referred to the granting of lands given to foreign diplomats based on the reciprocity principle and suggested that the new law should reinforce the non-granting of territories near the borderline. Arakelyan, reminded that all of Armenia’s neighbor countries have set…

ARF-D Initiated Parliamentary Hearings on Police Reform

On the initiative of the NA Standing Committee on Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs parliamentary hearings on the theme “The Reforms in RA Police Sphere” were held, where NA deputies, representatives of police, national security, prosecutor’s office, human rights protection and other NGOs and mass media took part. In his opening speech the Chairman…

From discipline within the country’s armed forces to foreign language education

During parliamentary hearings, on September 8, regarding a proposed draft law for disciplinary procedures within Armenia’s Armed Forces, Hrayr Karapetyan, ARF-D parliamentary member and chair of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs, said: “We have to be very well aware that the army, the armed forces is fundamentally different from…