Summing up his first state visit to Armenia President Francois Hollande, of France, once again urged Turkey to recognize the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide as the only solution, but refrained from making any sharp statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his visiting French counterpart Francois Hollande on Tuesday attended the ceremony of naming a park in central Yerevan after French national hero, renowned poet Missak Manouchian.
Russia does not need to force Armenia to acknowledge the independence referendums held in Ukraine’s restive Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and Armenia itself will try to keep silent on this matter, a political analyst in Yerevan said on Monday.
A year after the election of Yerevan’s Council of Elders residents of the Armenian capital remain largely divided in their estimations of the city authorities’ work as a number of unpopular reforms have eclipsed the impact of other activities.
A recent decision by Yerevan’s municipality to erect a monument to Soviet-Armenian politician Anastas Mikoyan in the city has elicited mixed reactions in Armenia given the legacy of Stalin’s close associate.
While the new Armenian government is trying to attract investments to ensure the development of Armenia’s industry and the entire economy as a whole, the opposition is convinced that nothing will change since the way of governing the country and the head of state, President Serzh Sargsyan, remain unchanged.
The initiative of the government to make changes in a number of laws aimed at improving the business environment has been positively assessed by Armenian manufacturers, but negatively by several ministries.
The macroeconomic statistics posted for Armenia so far this year does not provide grounds for consistent economic development, since no changes are expected in the current political and economic model, according to an analyst.
Although Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan hinted of economic policy changes during his first week of appointment, political experts have not rushed to evaluate them, some saying they are mere public relations moves.
The public’s fight against the mandatory deduction component of the new law on pensions appears to have seen a small victory. The Government is preparing a project to release sanctions against employers who have failed to make salary deductions according to the law which the Constitutional Court has said does not meet constitutional standards.