As society learns of three deaths last week in the Armenian Army, calls for reformed are again raised. Already, families worry whether their sons might survive two years of conscription in the present poor conditions in which death at the hands of a comrade is more a risk than death from an enemy. Three incidents last week have caused concerns to amplify.
Providing an interim status for Nagorno-Karabakh and maintaining stability in the South Caucasus region are becoming the main focus of international mediators brokering a solution to the longstanding conflict.
Armenia is reconsidering its relationship with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a structure that according to the head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE David Harutyunyan stands for, rather, its own interests than values.
Armenia believes that the PACE is too soft and “understanding” towards Azerbaijan, as European countries and politicians have oil and gas interests in Azerbaijan.
On Saturday night the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) declared an end to its round-the-clock rallies in Yerevan’s Liberty Square and ANC leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan stated that henceforth the sole purpose of the movement would be achieving the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan.
The situation along the Armenian-Azeri border, on both sides has exacerbated again – with ceasefire violations resulting in several casualties.
On October 5 at military positions near the village of Chinari of Armenia’s Tavush region, two Armenian conscripts received gunshot wounds of various severity, and the same day in Nagorno-Karabakh a 24-year-old soldier of the NKR Defense Army died.
While Armenian experts are discussing the possible course of political developments in the country before the elections, politicians are predicting a split within the ruling coalition and the creation of new, seemingly improbable alliances.
A European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday has been attended by leaders of the state involved in the project. The summit is expected to harmonize a number of steps that could lead to increased influence of Europe in the South Caucasus region.
On a recent visit to the United States, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan tirelessly repeated a mantra that others before him have established: the potential of the Diaspora in addressing pan-Armenian problems is not being used fully. The president called on Diaspora Armenians to come to Armenia and make investments – even if they don’t like the current leadership.
The domestic political intrigue in Russia has ended as it became known that the candidate of the ruling Yedinaya Rossia (United Russia) party for the presidency in 2012 will be current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and current President Dmitry Medvedev is ready to work in the government.