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 Wednesday, October 11 2023 01:50
Alina Hovhannisyan

Rome Statute enables Armenia to regulate relations with individual  countries - Nikol Pashinyan 

Rome Statute enables Armenia to regulate relations with individual  countries - Nikol Pashinyan 

ArmInfo. "In terms of perception, I admit there is a problem, because look at what happened  with the Rome Statute. In 2020, we after September, when we saw that  our systems were not working, we began to look for other factors that  could contribute to our security.

And we saw that we have a signed  Rome Statute, which, by the way, Russian Federation has also signed.  And we also saw that at one time the Constitutional Court recognized  it as unconstitutional, but considering the fact that the  Constitution of Armenia was changed twice after that decision, we  decided to appeal to the Constitutional Court again, that is, in  2022. It was in December," Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan said in  an interview with Armenia's Public TV.  

Pashinyan recalled that according to Armenian legislation, the  Constitutional Court must make a decision within three months. And  the three months of the Constitutional Court ended at a time when the  International Criminal Court made a decision against the President of  the Russian Federation, it happened on the same days.

  "It seems like an obvious coincidence, doesn't it, but look, if the  Hague Court makes a decision, the next day or two days later, the  Constitutional Court of Armenia publishes its decision that the  Statute of Rome corresponds to the Constitution of Armenia.  

Now let's look from the side, let's say that they actually made a  decision there... It is clear here, but the one who knows the process  from the bottom, that the Government in 2022 made that decision in  December, and we haven't had any problem from the Russian Federation  in this regard, we haven't had any indication that this could become  a problem. We had an impulse at the moment when the train was already  moving and that train, inevitably, had to arrive. And it is obvious  that it is in no way related to the relations between Armenia and  Russia. Moreover, we proposed to have the same legal regulation as we  have with the United States of America, the same legal regulation  with the Russian Federation as well," he said.

  What is the meaning of legal regulation? In response to this   question, the Prime Minister stated.  

"We have an agreement with the United States that the relations fixed  in those international legal processes do not affect our bilateral  relations. And by the way, the Rome Statute gives that possibility,  it says that you can be a member of the body with that organism, but  you can agree with the countries before or after, it doesn't matter,  you can agree that your relations are regulated differently. As a  partner, I think we are very honest. By the way, I called on that  topic back in March, I took the initiative myself, I called the  President of the Russian Federation, I said: I understand that the  coincidences are obvious at first glance, but this is the process,  and it is verifiable."

  Pashinyan mentioned that his impression from the phone call was that  there was an understanding, and they continued the process.  

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