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 Friday, August 7 2020 15:14
David Stepanyan

Politician: Government`s attitude towards Amulsar is a challenge to  civil society

Politician: Government`s attitude towards Amulsar is a challenge to  civil society

ArmInfo.  Public dissatisfaction  with the candidacy of Vahram Avetisyan, nominated by the government  for the Constitutional Court judge, is a kind of litmus paper, which  reveals a broader picture. The Chairman of the European Party of  Armenia Tigran Khzmalyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.

"Showing such keen interest in seemingly insignificant aspects of a  judge's life: biography, family and other ties, etc. we all strive  for the same thing - justice. Justice in courts and all bodies  directly or indirectly connected with courts and judges. It was the  thirst for justice that became the main catalyst that inspired our  society into action in the spring of 2018. Nevertheless, I cannot but  note that, unfortunately, not a single state institution has  undergone revolutionary changes over the past two years and two  months, " he stressed.

Khzmalyan, in this light, by no means shares the authorities'  statements about democratization, an increase in the level of  pluralism, and freedom of speech in society and the country. The  politician perceives the current situation in Armenia as a deviation  from the initially declared course. And, in his opinion, society  takes this retreat so hard, first of all, due to the fact that it  personally endowed the current parliament and government with power.

"Neither Robert Kocharyan, nor Serzh Sargsyan was elected by us.  These people came to power as a result of coups. The current  government came to power as a result of the free expression of the  popular will. It was this will that became a small but very important  victory for us. Our common victory, which, unfortunately, the ruling  power refuses and betrays today, "he said.

As an example, the politician cited the problem of Amulsar, which has  not been solved for 2 years.  Khzmalyan is convinced that Amulsar is  just the tip of the iceberg of the global environmental problem in  Armenia. Problems that are a threat to national security and contain  problems of a political, social and even psychological nature.

This attitude of the government to the problem of such importance is  regarded by the politician as a challenge to civil society. As a  betrayal of the generally accepted democratic principles and ideals,  in support of which practically the entire Armenian people stood up  in 2018.  The Amulsar mine, the second in proven gold reserves in  Armenia, is located 10 km from the Jermuk resort and the Kechut  reservoir, which has an exit to Lake Sevan. The latter is one of the  main reasons for the protest of environmentalists against the  development of the field.

Since the summer of 2018, activists have blocked the roads leading to  the mine, thus preventing its operation. The Armenian government does  not express a clear position on the problem and ways of its  settlement. Although both sides of the confrontation require this. 

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