Serzh Sargsyan, who began his term as president of Armenia under extraordinary conditions in 2008 and is ending his first stint in office in similarly turbulent circumstances now, has had a five-year period of work in-between that is being praised by his supporters and criticized by opponents with equal vigor.
A reliable international partner with a recovering economy after the global storm, a country oriented towards Europe but maintaining allied ties with Russia... This is a Sargsyan Armenia described by his supporters and some observers in and outside Armenia.
A special envoy of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, was on a three-day visit to Armenia earlier this week to hold various meetings with Armenian officials. During a press conference on the results of his visit he said that Tehran was ready for mediation in the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenian authorities have stopped short of interpreting the statements of the ambassadors of the United States, Germany and the heads of diplomatic missions of a number of other European countries as interference in Armenia’s internal affairs regarding the controversial case involving a Yerevan-based think tank
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia and the Armenian representative of the People in Need (PIN) organization signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week to cooperate on a program promoting circular migration and reintegration processes in Armenia.
Speakers at last Friday’s rally in Yerevan staged by supporters of opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian proclaimed the civil movement against rigged elections to be a nationwide effort, referring to the support it purportedly gets from Karabakh and worldwide Armenian communities.
The Government of Armenia will sign a memorandum on cooperation with the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EurAsEC) in April, while initialing an Association Agreement with the European Union in November.
During a meeting with media representatives on March 18, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said: “Most probably in early April Armenia will be visited by the leader of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and the Government of Armenia will sign a memorandum of cooperation.” At the same time, he said that no one is forcing Armenia to join the Customs Union.
The establishment of an independent Kurdish state, or perhaps an ethnic supranational entity, is apparently becoming a reality. Notably, this entity is likely to be established also on some of the historical Armenian lands in what is known as Western Armenia (part of modern-day Turkey) today.
Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian, who is challenging the official outcome of last month’s presidential election in Armenia, is threatening the European People’s Party (EPP) with a political scandal unless it disavows its chairman’s stance on the Armenian vote.