ArmInfo.It would be very commendable if the new authorities of Armenia honestly admitted whom they support in the presidential elections in Artsakh, and for whom they are carrying out their unlawful actions. Former Minister of Defense of Artsakh Samvel Babayan wrote about this in his statement, claiming the presidency of the republic.
The statement, in particular, notes: "From the first days of the revolution, we were full of hopes that a new system would come to power, which would refuse not only the representatives of the previous government, but also the old mores. The new power will come with honest intentions and give impetus building the state on new, higher principles. The people rose to their feet and united forces all rejected all the old. The old government, which drowned the state in lawlessness, " Bababyan said.
However, as Babayan points out, recent events have strongly doubted these conclusions. "Recently, the leadership of the Defense Army compiled a list of officers and forced them to sign a document stating that the Armed Forces on political issues should remain neutral, and everything was set up under the relevant article of the Constitution. However, the Constitution does not say anything about the prohibition of servicemen from participating in signature collection and non-political events", emphasized in the statement.
Babayan also stressed that apart from fighting with an external enemy, a military officer is also a guarantor of Artsakh's internal security. "If an officer is a citizen of a country, and you deprive him of those rights that he has under the Constitution, you weaken those values in accordance with which he ensures security in the country. You deprive the officer of the right to a civil position in the country protects, it is a gross violation of human rights, "the statement says.
Further Babayan calls on the new authorities of Armenia, which have the support of the majority of citizens, not to take such unflattering steps. "It would be very commendable if the Armenian authorities honestly admitted who they support in Artsakh, and for whom they are carrying out these illegal actions. Our entire team intends to act within the law, which means that the actions that we observe will not prevent us from taking our next steps. We appeal to the Armenian authorities, because without the knowledge of the RA Ministry of Defense, the NKR Defense Army would not have resorted to such actions. And if anyone doubts the veracity of our statement, we are ready to provide relevant evidence, "Babayan concluded.
To note, according to the information spread in the media, the leadership of the Artsakh Defense Army forced the officers to sign a document prohibiting them from participating in election meetings and collecting signatures. Meanwhile, Samvel Babayan organizes the collection of signatures to amend the Constitution, the relevant article of which prohibits candidates who do not live in Artsakh for 10 years from running for president.