The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has published an article which says that the Foreign Minister of the Jewish state has ordered to develop measures to counter Turkey in the international arena and developing closer relations with Armenia, primarily through the recognition of the Ottoman-era Genocide of Armenians, is being considered as one of such measures.
The political autumn in Armenia began with a high-profile resignation as President Serzh Sargsyan granted the request of his chief of staff Karen Karapetyan to quit. Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Garegin Azaryan died suddenly of a heart attack the same day.
In Armenia a new wave of public protests has risen against the situation in the army where a few non-combat deaths happened within a space of several weeks. The media and online social networks have disseminated video footage about killings, driving soldiers mad and inadequate investigation of incidents in the army.
December will see another summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russia-dominated defense alliance of seven former Soviet states, which is likely to focus on the possibility of strengthening potential by having its powers expanded.
The whistle-blowing WikiLeaks site has published dozens of fresh U.S. State Department cables relating to Armenia, which, in particular, allege serious differences between the country’s current head of state Serzh Sargsyan and his predecessor Robert Kocharyan. The documents also suggest that after the 2008 presidential election Sargsyan’s associates urged the US Embassy in Yerevan to support their chief and also claimed that Russia “had turned away from Armenia.”
The political dialogue that began on July 18 between the ruling coalition and the main opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) got interrupted on August 26, failing to reach round nine. Shortly, the ANC announced the start of preparations for a new rally campaign.
The bitter political rhetoric between Armenia and Azerbaijan (and Turkey) at the level of heads of state has sharply intensified lately, with acute political claims and even insults uttered. This suggests that another round of negotiations on the Karabakh conflict and the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations have proved a fiasco.
The issue of early elections has been included in the agenda of the unfolding formal dialogue between the government and the opposition, despite assurances of the authorities, which does not see the prerequisites for such elections in the country.
Emigration was the highlighted issue in Armenia last week. Special consultations on the subject were convened by President Serzh Sargsyan during which he sought to put a brave face on the continuing outflow of the population as earlier did Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) co-rapporteur on Armenia Axel Fischer issued a statement on the results of his visit to Armenia earlier this week during which he met with representatives of the local government coalition and opposition forces.