ArmInfo. Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine CJSC intends to apply to the law enforcement agencies of Armenia in connection with the statements made by the acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, candidate for prime minister from the "Civil Contract" party Nikol Pashinyan against the company and defend their rights in national and international instances.
So, in the statement of the General Director of ZCMC Parag Johannes Bhatt , it is indicated that Nikol Pashinyan's accusations against the company and its employees are groundless.
"We regard the threats of revenge against the company and its employees from the acting Prime Minister in Kajaran and Kapan of the Syunik region of the Republic of Armenia as a gross violation of the Constitution, current legislation, international treaties on the part of a person holding the highest state office. We consider such statements as a threat of deprivation of property and interference in private economic activity, accompanied by hints of physical violence, calls for lynching, calls for unrest in the workplace, etc. " the head of the company noted calling on all the forces participating in electoral campaign (including the authorities), refrain from the temptation to speculate the name of the company for their own political purposes.
Bhatt also stressed that the plant he headed has always refrained from interfering in political processes, as well as did not interfere with the expression of the political and civic position of its employees.
To note, Pashinyan on June 15 during the election campaign in Syunik region at a meeting with residents of Kajaran noted that he was informed about the fact that the workers of ZCMC were forbidden to participate in his rallies under the threat of layoffs. The acting prime minister promised to dismiss everyone by July 15, who prevented citizens from participating in his rally and assured that the Armenian people would have a share in this company. Moreover, at a rally in Sisian, Pashinyan also addressed this topic, noting that it is around ZCMC that incomprehensible business interests and companies revolve.
Note that in April Nikol Pashinyan reported that the Armenian government received signals from its foreign partners that dubious and incomprehensible processes are taking place at the Zangezur copper- molybdenum combine, which is undoubtedly a national wealth.
In this regard, he noted the need to return to the 2000s, when ZCMC was privatized. What was the price of privatization, the scheme, from whose side, whose names appear, who then became the owner, what are they doing today.
Note that Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine CJSC (ZCMC) is the largest mining company in Armenia. The company's shareholders are officially the German company Cronimet Mining (60%), Yerevan Pure Iron Plant OJSC (15%), Armenian Molybdenum Production LLC and Zangezur Mining LLC (12.5% each). However, some experts, having checked the information, considered it incomplete and not transparent, since the structure of minority shareholders is not clear. There was information in the press about the presence of interests in it on the part of family members of the third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, who resigned after the "velvet revolution". A number of Armenian parliamentarians appealed to the relevant authorities with a demand to start an investigation into the fact how rather "modest" persons, especially close to the family of the former president, began to own the multimillion-dollar assets of the company.