ArmInfo. On October 27, the ruling "Civil Contract" faction did not participate in the voting of the draft statement of the National Assembly on the situation around the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh due to the internal political assessments in the document thereby failing it.
Yesterday, at the end of the working day, on the proposal of 1/5 of the total number of parliament members, a closed discussion on the topic of "The situation on the line of contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the issues of demarcation" was held. As Rubinyan pointed out, co-rapporteurs will be First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces Kamo Kochunts and Commander of the Border Troops of the RA NSS Arman Maralchyan. At the end of the discussion, head of the Hayastan opposition faction, former Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan stated that as of today, without any legal basis, by compulsion from Azerbaijan, the border is being demarcated.
As rapporteur of the draft statement, MP of the "I Have Honor" faction Tigran Abrahamyan stated, the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia in the document drawn up, among other things, as a result of a closed discussion, condemns: the large-scale armed aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan and Turkey against Artsakh on September 27, 2020 with the involvement of mercenaries and terrorists; gross violations of international law in relation to prisoners of war and hostages held by Baku, including after the cessation of hostilities; seizure of the territories of the Republic of Artsakh by Azerbaijan; acts recognized as war crimes; invasion of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, prolonged use of force or the threat of its use. The Armenian parliamentarians in the document also condemn the incessant rhetoric of hatred towards Armenia by the military-political authorities of Azerbaijan, the presentation of one-sided and distorted information to the international community from Baku. This policy, as noted in the statement, is accompanied by claims in the territory of Armenia and Artsakh. According to the document, state borders are determined on the basis of international law, on the basis of the UN Vienna Convention, according to which, among other things, any agreement on borders with the use or the threat of use of force is invalid. The members of the RA Parliament believe that the main condition for establishing peace in the region is the guaranteed realization of the right to self-determination of the people of Artsakh in their historical homeland, as well as the de-occupation of the occupied territories of Artsakh in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship.
The parliamentarians urge to be guided by the RA Constitution, according to which the issues related to changing the territory of the Republic of Armenia are resolved exclusively through a referendum. It is unacceptable for the RA to sign any document implying the inclusion of the Republic of Artsakh in Azerbaijan, the statement says.
The statement also calls on the Armenian government to refrain from any negotiations, written or oral agreements that violate the requirements of the RA Constitution and the will of the Armenian people, which is expressed in the Declaration of Independence, to provide the National Assembly with reliable parliamentary information and to ensure maximum publicity in matters of reforms in the country's Armed Forces and concerning the safety of the RA.
Head of the "Civil Contract" faction Hayk Konjoryan stated that the political majority received the draft statement on October 26, in the afternoon, when the two opposition factions prepared the statement in full. "The political majority did not participate in any way in the development process," he said. According to the MP, despite the fact that they received the draft statement yesterday rather late, they tried in cooperation with their colleagues to work out a consensus version of the draft, but this did not succeed.
"We do not see problems with the provisions and theses in the draft, which relate to the war unleashed by Azerbaijan, war crimes and inhuman actions of Azerbaijan. "Moreover, the parliamentary majority in all ways and the executive power at all levels are fighting for the international coverage of the above- mentioned issues and for their solution," Konjoryan said.
At the same time, according to the ruling faction, the statement also contained statements with an internal political content, approaches that are part of the political narrative of the opposition, which, according to the Civil Contract, cannot be included in this statement. The parliamentary forces could not reach a consensus on the issue of excluding these provisions from the text of the statement, he said. "Therefore, we will not take part in the voting," Konjoryan said.
As a result, 26 MPs voted for the adoption of the statement.