ArmInfo.The parliamentary commission to investigate the causes of the April 2016 war in Artsakh gave answers to many questions that society and the authorities had in connection with those events. On May 5, in an interview with reporters, Andranik Kocharyan, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia on Defense and Security, said this after hearing the report of the commission to investigate the causes of the April 2016 war in Artsakh in the country's parliament behind closed doors.
At the same time, he added that many facts were recorded, however, the results of the work cannot be made public, due to the content of state secrets in the document. However, Kocharyan assured that over time, episodes will gradually be released that will lose the term of secrecy and will be available to citizens. "The value of the report is precisely in this - we received a lot of notes, maps, evidence of decisions, including political ones, omissions, actions of the command, etc. I believe that the investigating authorities could not have received as many answers as we received. Only one person refused to participate in the work of the commission and give answers to the questions of interest to us - this is General Yuri Khachaturov (ex-head of the General Staff of the RA AF - ed.), "Kocharyan said.
To clarify what questions remained unanswered due to Khachaturov's refusal to participate in the work of the commission, the lawmaker noted that the agenda of his talks in Moscow remained unknown. At the same time, Kocharyan believes that it is necessary to continue activities in order to understand whether there was a relationship between the 4-day April 2016 escalation and the last 44-day war.
When asked whether the commission received an answer to the question of who won this 4-day war, Kocharian said in particular: "Serzh Sargsyan says that he defeated Ilham Aliyev. But, in fact, we have a violation of the ceasefire of 1994 and a violation of the demarcation borders (apparently implies the line of contact of troops - ed.), the loss of 20 positions. With few resources, using the knowledge of the military, we were able to find answers to many questions. "
He also called the commission's biggest omission that it was not possible to interrogate Yuri Khachaturov. Kocharyan also said that they were looking for omissions within the framework of this commission, not conspirators, while assuring that all perpetrators would certainly be punished and the relevant structures (Defense Ministry, National Security Service, Foreign Ministry) should have access to this closed document.
In conclusion, the lawmaker from the ruling force assured that, if necessary, the consequences of the 44- day war would be studied, however, this should be done not in the political plane, but in the legal one. Note that the parliamentary commission to investigate the circumstances of the April war in Karabakh was established in June 2019. The commission was headed by the head of the permanent parliamentary commission on defense and security, a lawmaker from the "My Step" faction Andranik Kocharian. The Commission includes representatives of all factions of the National Assembly. The purpose of its work was to identify possible mistakes, shortcomings or inaction on the part of the then authorities in the above- mentioned period of aggravation of the situation on the border, which led to the death of over 100 Armenian servicemen.