ArmInfo. Pashinyan's Declaration is a response to the demands of society. However, I do not think that it will continue with a political assessment, which stimulates clear reforms in various fields. President of Yerevan Press Club Boris Navasardyan, expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
On March 11, Pashinyan at a meeting in Goris read out a declaration evaluating the activities of all his predecessors. According to the document, not a single election in Armenia from 1995 to 2018 did not reflect the will of the people, with the exception of the May 1999 parliamentary elections, however, annulled by the October 27 terrorist attack. Moreover, the president, parliament, government, and all courts served narrow group interests, overshadowing the national and state interests of Armenia and the people. The final version of the declaration will be presented on March 31 or April 2 after discussion with the company and possible additions.
"As far as I understand, what the ruling power can present to society today might basically be just declarative in nature. Meanwhile, we imply a political and legal assessment and strive to see not only our own history from 1991, but also that coming from this document , subsequent concrete actions. I don't think that the authorities are ready to submit and accept, even belatedly, a document of this nature," he said.
In particular, the expert doubts the ability of the authorities to assess the negative phenomena during the reign of Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Navasardyan also considers it necessary to extend the assessment to the last 2 years. In his opinion, all the mistakes made by the new government should also be accepted by it in order to exclude repetition in the future. But the biggest omission of the government of Pashinyan Navasardyan considers the lack of both a common and segment strategy for the implementation of reforms.
At the same time, the YPC President does not see in the statements of representatives of the authorities the readiness not only to admit their own mistakes, but also to ask the public for forgiveness for them, which, according to his estimates, has a positive impact on the activities of any government. In this light, Navasardyan praised the fact that Nikol Pashinyan apologized for March 1.
"The authorities should analyze the situation and accept their own mistakes, for which there has not yet accumulated sufficient courage in the authorities. Meanwhile, the adoption of a serious document containing a political and legal assessment for the entire period of Armenia's independence from 1991 to 2020 requires political courage. It is possible that giving an assessment of the same turn of Armenia into the Customs Union in 2013 will turn into problems in relations with Moscow," he concluded.