Dismissed: Sargsyan relieves three generals of senior army positions

In a move apparently conditioned by recent hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and related public criticism, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday signed decrees relieving three senior army officials of their duties.

Under the order issued by Sargsyan, who is also Supreme Commander-in-Chief under Armenia’s Constitution, dismissed from their posts were Deputy Minister of Defense, Lieutenant-General Alik Mirzbabekyan, who is in charge of the Logistics Department, Chief of the Intelligence Department of the General Staff, Major-General Arshak Karapetyan, head of the communications troops of the Armed Forces, chief of the Communications and Automated Management Systems Department Major-General Komitas Muradyan.

Officially, the Armed Forces of Armenia were not involved in the April 2-5 military actions against Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the wake of the hostilities, in which more than nine dozen Armenian soldiers and officers were killed and over 120 were wounded, however, the Armenian army command (both in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh) has been criticized by political and public circles over the high death-toll.