If Armenia is to recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), then the opposition-drafted bill that got a go-ahead from the government based on its endorsement of a Foreign Ministry conclusion on May 5 should still pass several stages before becoming a law.
Armenia’s bill “On the Recognition of the Artsakh (an alternative name for Nagorno Karabakh) Republic” has been perceived ambiguously and different parliamentary parties have already announced that they will probably not vote at all should it come up for a voting at the National Assembly.
Armenia’s ex-president and current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan believes the Karabakh war will soon shift from the battlefields to a “diplomatic front”, in which, he says, current president Serzh Sargsyan “should feel strong and have the support of the people.”
Levon Mnatsakanyan, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Minister and Chief Commander of the Defense Army, said that the statements by former defense chief, Lieutenant-General Samvel Babayan are sabotage against the society in Karabakh and its independence.
The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), which is the world’s largest Armenian non-profit organization, says the latest escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh has not hampered its current programs and activities in the second Armenian republic.
An Armenian mixed martial arts fighter who made headlines last week by dedicating his victory over an Azeri rival to soldiers in Nagorno Karabakh is going to transfer the proceeds from the Moscow bout to the Defense Army.
Sargsyan: Armenia was not against presence of peacekeepers in Karabakh, but wants “final settlement”
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who was in Germany on an official visit earlier this week, told a leading German broadcaster that Armenia did not speak against the presence of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, but added that the conflict should get “a final settlement.”
President Serzh Sargsyan met with his bitter critic, former President Levon Ter-Petrosyan on Saturday in order to discuss the latest escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, his press office said.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan raised the issue of Russian deliveries of armaments to Azerbaijan, saying that they were “fully used” in the latest outbreak of violence in the Karabakh conflict zone, as he received Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev late on Thursday.
Armenia’s largest charity, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, is again reaching out to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) with an offer of assistance in rehabilitation after last month’s brief war with Azerbaijan.