ArmInfo. The dominant parliamentary faction "Civil Contract" voted down the proposal to put on the agenda the draft amendments to the Criminal Code, which provided for the criminalization of the recognition of Artsakh as part of another state and the belittlement of the Armenian Genocide.
Thus, as the secretary of the opposition faction "Armenia" Artsvik Minasyan noted in his speech, the ruling majority ignored the demand of over 58 thousand citizens of the country who signed the initiative. Minasyan emphasized that the current ruling majority in the country's parliament is illegitimate, since it has deceived the country's citizens by not fulfilling their election promises and neglecting basic democratic norms.
"By refusing to include the issue on the National Assembly agenda, the ruling majority is sending a signal that everyone should forget about what they promised. They do what they need to do at the moment to preserve their own seats. And it is no coincidence that government officials avoid mentioning the word "Artsakh" in every possible way, giving preference to the expression "Nagorno-Karabakh", the parliamentarian said.
In response, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan noted that he does not understand where the opinion about the authorities' alleged refusal to use Artsakh as the name of Nagorno-Karabakh came from. He emphasized that there is nothing like this and never has been. The opposition, having presented the bill, at this stage became a prisoner of its own initiative. "To save face, you constantly demonstrate that this problem is the most important at the present stage. If we are guided by your approaches, then the question arises: will you judge the Russian President for recognizing Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan? Thank you for this revelation, because there are people who consider you to be a pro- Russian opposition, which I believe to a lesser extent. As for preserving the chairs, I would like to remind you that these chairs are not the ones you are used to holding. Today to be in power is the biggest cross that its representatives bear," he said.
On August 31, the Hayakve initiative transferred the collected 58 thousand signatures to the Central Election Commission of Armenia. The required number of them was transferred ahead of schedule. The collection of 50 thousand signatures makes it possible to submit to parliament a legislative initiative to criminalize the denial of the right to self-determination of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and leveling the significance of the Armenian Genocide. On September 25, the CEC verified the signatures and allowed the bill to be submitted to parliament. If parliament does not accept the amendments, and this scenario is the most likely, since the party in power has a political majority, then the next stage begins - collecting 300 thousand signatures to hold a referendum on the future of the Republic of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.