The reaction in Armenia to the latest developments in Ukraine has been described by many political analysts and pundits as very cautious or virtually nonexistent. They say that official Yerevan keeps ‘diplomatic silence’.
Residents of seven villages in Aragatsotn region of Armenia blocked the Yerevan-Aparan highway Thursday, demanding to suspend the construction of the small hydro power plant (SHPP) on Aparan-Yerevan water canal (Arzni-Shamiram subsidized canal), which, in their opinion, would destroy their only source of income – orchards, by reducing the already insufficient irrigation water supply.
Women’s blue jeans on mannequins are skillfully worked with sand paper to get the partly worn-out effect of almost white faded-blue. Young Syrian Armenians Aram and Shant work in silence, instead their hands run quickly, and soon mannequins dress into their next pair of jeans.
The elderly man, 77-year-old Mamikon Khojoyan, who accidentally crossed the Armenian-Azeri border and was initially presented by the Azeri press as an “armed Armenian saboteur” and has been returned to Armenia this week under the auspices of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), has multiple traces of torture on his body, his mental state being unstable as well.
The Car Drivers’ Protection League has addressed a letter to the chief of RA Police demanding to make sure the speed cameras placed on highways and roads of Armenia foster order and discipline, rather than being means of robbing drivers.
This week in parliament was marked by heated debates around the establishment of ad hoc bodies, in particular, an interim committee to look into the 2008 post-election violence proposed by the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC).
This week Armenian lawmakers have been discussing the issue of establishing an ad hoc committee to look into the 2008 post-election violence. The draft law on that was developed by the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) faction still in 2013 and it was then that it was included in the parliament agenda. However, it was rejected by the majority Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) once it reached the parliament floor back then.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) parliamentary faction has come up with a proposal on setting up a seven-member committee to study the privatization of Armenia’s once industrial giant Nairit, then how it contracted millions of dollars in debt and how far responsible the government is for that.
While the non-governing forces in the Armenian parliament continue to discuss the matter of initiating a vote of no confidence in the government, speculation lingers on as to whether the opposition is, indeed, capable of taking that drastic step or it will continue to engage in imitating struggle and continuing its ‘flirting’ with the government.