ArmInfo.Regrettably, after the signing of the trilateral agreement on November 9, 2020, Armenia really started to resemble a failed state, which, among other things, could have been the "last drop" that made the president resign, Tevan Poghosyan, Chairman of the International Center for Human Development (ICHD) told ArmInfo.
"To our great regret, during the period that followed the 44-day Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against the Armenian people, only two institutes - the Human Rights Defender's Office and the Central Bank - remained 'afloat.' Organizing the work of the institute of presidency, just as of any other government institution, requires time. Much more so, time is required for setting and achieving goals. I think President Sarkissian carried out relevant work all through his term of office - up to that notorious 'last drop'," Mr Poghosyan said.
As to what particularly proved to be that "last drop", Mr Poghosyan referred to the text of Armen Sarkissian's statement. Specifically, the points concerning his health, the goals he once set, but has never achieved, a need for reforms that would enable the goals in question to be achieved. According to Mr Poghosyan, the president actually revealed his intentions and aims of his work in an attempt to patch up the differences and remove obstacles to achieving the aims.
In this context, Mr Poghosyan is raising a question about the coincidence between Mr Sarkissian's decision to resign and his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the other day, especially in the context of opportunities for new, direct investments in Armenia. According to him, this is one of the various scenarios that led to his resignation. Mr Poghosyan points out a need for focusing on the messages the president's statement contains, particularly on whether problems facing Armenia need to be realized and discussed.
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