Wednesday, September 18 2019 10:39
David Stepanyan

Human rights activist: NSS officer has nothing to do in shaping a new  political system in Armenia

Human rights activist: NSS officer has nothing to do in shaping a new  political system in Armenia

ArmInfo. It's quite difficult to name clear reasons for the resignation of the director of the National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan. However, the text of his  resignation clearly shows the difference between the actions of  political power and the perception of these actions by the director  of the NSS, famous Armenian human rights activist Artur Sakunts  expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced Vanetsyan's  resignation on September 16. After that, Vanetsyan himself announced  his resignation, noting in his statement that "spontaneous decisions,  randomness of actions, the absence of priorities between the primary  and secondary issues are not the path that leads to the achievement  of goals." Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has already signed a  decree on dismissing Vanetsyan from the post of head of the National  Security Service.

"Vanetsyan's statement made clear assessments of the government's  activities. Accordingly, it can be considered as a statement by a  politician rather than a director of the National Security Service.  However, Vanetsyan does not agree with completely different decisions  of the authorities, which in fact do not affect him as the director  of the National Security Service, "the human rights activist  emphasized.

According to Sakunts, Vanetsyan's call to "stop" was clearly  addressed to his immediate superiors in the person of Prime Minister  Pashinyan.  He also believes that the former director of the NSS  attached too much importance to his self. Moreover, he was one of the  main figures in post-revolutionary Armenia, which contradicted the  status of the director of the NSS.

Thus, according to human rights activist, the director of the NSS  began to consider himself as a participant in political processes,  and not the head of a structure that ensures the country's national  security.

"In any case, I think that NSS officer has nothing to do in shaping a  new political system in Armenia.  Vanetsyan's approaches as a person  from the system are not the basis on which one can claim for  participation in relevant, healthy political processes in our  country,"  the human rights activist summed up.  

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