The so-called Step by Step technology which has been used in promoting the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide now seems to be successfully used in the international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Monday sees the start of two-day consultations in Yerevan between major establishment parties of several former Soviet countries devoted to the discussion of the idea of forming a Eurasian Union – a Russia-led re-integration project for former Soviet space.
The second-largest parliamentary party, Prosperous Armenia (PAP), has provided an ideological basis for the consolidation of the country’s opposition by proposing transition to a parliamentary system of government in 2017. In that case, according to the party, the 2013 election will be all about choosing a “technical” president to carry out this constitutional reform.
After the October 27 meeting in Paris between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs who arranged the talks issued a statement in which the essential word appeared to be “ideas” implying that they are something new.
Most political parties in Armenia are still in no rush to clarify their positions on next year’s presidential election. Only the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has stated clearly its stance.
The RPA has stated that it will nominate current President and leader of the party Serzh Sargsyan as its candidate in the February vote. The nomination will take place at the RPA special convention slated for December 15.
On his Facebook page Armenia’s ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs, current member of the Prosperous Armenia Party Vartan Oskanian has suggested that Armenia sign an agreement with Karabakh guaranteeing the unrecognized republic security against outside aggreesion. At the same time, Oskanian acknowledges that it can be done without formally recognizing the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Last week Armenia marked the Day of Armenian Missile and Artillery Troops. But that wasn’t the main factor that generated interest in the missile forces. The main interest was fueled by the unprecedented statement made by Armenia’s deputy defense minister about Armenia’s being ready to carry out strike against the oil and gas infrastructure of the “conventional enemy” in the event of the latter’s aggression.
Cooperation between Armenia and the United States may reach a whole new level with the signing on October 18 of a memorandum on cooperation in the energy sphere.
The U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce (USATF) held its meeting in Yerevan on Thursday.The American delegation for the session was co-headed by Eric Rubin, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, and Daniel Rosenblum, a senior State Department official coordinating U.S. assistance to former Soviet republics. The Armenian delegation was let by Finance Minister Vache Gabrielyan. The meeting was attended by representatives of various departments of the United States, in particular, the Committee for Nuclear Regulation, the Trade Office and the Agency for International Development.
The Armenian National Congress (ANC), which is considered to be the main opposition force in Armenia, has not yet announced its presidential candidate, making the intrigue last for a little longer. As ANC coordinator Levon Zurabyan said on Tuesday, the opposition bloc does have a candidate – its leader and former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, but his nomination depends on whether he himself wants to run for the top post.