Brad Sherman: US should stop providing military aid to Azerbaijan

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The US administration has again reaffirmed the waiver of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which bans direct military aid to Azerbaijan. In an interview with Voice of America, Brad Sherman, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, expressed his disagreement with this decision

We should not abandon Section 907 and provide any assistance to oil-rich Azerbaijan, which has unleashed an aggressive war. The aid we provide is not large, but I believe it is important diplomatically; so, it should be stopped, said the US congressman.

In his opinion, American aid for humanitarian projects in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) should be increased, and Armenia should be given the opportunity to be included in the Millennium Challenge program.

The World Bank ranked Armenia among those with above-average income. I would like it to be so, but we have to take into account the economic consequences of the terrible war, the coronavirus pandemic, Sherman said.

Karabakh FM holds phone talk with Transnistria counterpart

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Armenia – July 5 2022

STEPNAKERT. – Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Babayan on Tuesday had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatev of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria).

Babayan congratulated his counterpart on his birthday, wishing him productive work and success, the Artsakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

The parties discussed the regional situation and possible developments. They stressed the need to maintain and expand the cooperation between Artsakh and Transnistria, as well as their foreign ministries.

Karabakh FM holds phone talk with Transnistria counterpart

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Armenia – July 5 2022

STEPNAKERT. – Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Minister of Foreign Affairs David Babayan on Tuesday had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatev of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria).

Babayan congratulated his counterpart on his birthday, wishing him productive work and success, the Artsakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

The parties discussed the regional situation and possible developments. They stressed the need to maintain and expand the cooperation between Artsakh and Transnistria, as well as their foreign ministries.

Opposition MP: There is deep crisis of constitutionalism in Armenia

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The problem is not in the constitutionality deficit, but in the non-implementation of the Constitution in general. Lawyer, constitutional law expert, and opposition MP Aram Vardevanyan said this during a discussion dedicated to the Constitution of Armenia.

According to him, the Constitution of Armenia no longer serves its purpose and mission.

"No constitutional institution, and the Constitution is the cornerstone of governing the state, does not perform its functions in any way. International experience suggests that in such a situation the functions of ensuring the implementation of the Basic Law should be assumed by the Constitutional Court. The crisis of constitutionalism is so deep [in Armenia] that it is extremely difficult to overcome it, and the Constitutional Court plays an important role in this road," Vardevanyan said, emphasizing the big problems in terms of the composition of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

"There have always been problems related to constitutionality, and the key to correcting them is the decisions of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court has departed from the Constitution. For example, the Criminal Code article on grave insult. It is incompatible with the Constitution, but the Constitutional Court found it compatible. And even the European organizations protecting these [Armenian] authorities consider it problematic. There is a deep crisis of constitutionalism [in Armenia]. The first step to overcome this should be a change of power [in the country]. But then there is a titanic job to be done, as these authorities have inspired people for four years that all constitutional norms can be violated," said Aram Vardevanyan.

Opposition MP: There is deep crisis of constitutionalism in Armenia

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The problem is not in the constitutionality deficit, but in the non-implementation of the Constitution in general. Lawyer, constitutional law expert, and opposition MP Aram Vardevanyan said this during a discussion dedicated to the Constitution of Armenia.

According to him, the Constitution of Armenia no longer serves its purpose and mission.

"No constitutional institution, and the Constitution is the cornerstone of governing the state, does not perform its functions in any way. International experience suggests that in such a situation the functions of ensuring the implementation of the Basic Law should be assumed by the Constitutional Court. The crisis of constitutionalism is so deep [in Armenia] that it is extremely difficult to overcome it, and the Constitutional Court plays an important role in this road," Vardevanyan said, emphasizing the big problems in terms of the composition of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

"There have always been problems related to constitutionality, and the key to correcting them is the decisions of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court has departed from the Constitution. For example, the Criminal Code article on grave insult. It is incompatible with the Constitution, but the Constitutional Court found it compatible. And even the European organizations protecting these [Armenian] authorities consider it problematic. There is a deep crisis of constitutionalism [in Armenia]. The first step to overcome this should be a change of power [in the country]. But then there is a titanic job to be done, as these authorities have inspired people for four years that all constitutional norms can be violated," said Aram Vardevanyan.

Azerbaijan demands not to call Blue Mosque in Yerevan ‘Iranian’

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Armenia – July 5 2022

In Azerbaijan, they demand that the Blue Mosque in Yerevan should no longer be called an ‘Iranian’ mosque, according to APA.

Sabuhi Huseynov—a “historian” and the author of an “investigation” ordered by Azerbaijani authorities on the "Fate of Tapabashi settlement, which is the last vestige of the national-cultural, historical heritage of Azerbaijan in Yerevan city: Destruction of the heritage of Azerbaijani people in Armenia and elimination of historical signs"—claims that "the Blue Mosque cannot be Iranian; the mosque is Azerbaijani."

Allegedly because "up to 100 Persians lived in Yerevan in 1917. Majority of those living in Yerevan until 1831-1920 have been Azerbaijanis."

"Today, well-known researchers in the world laugh at calling the Blue Mosque an ‘Iranian’ mosque. A mosque would not be constructed for 100 people, it should be put an end to call the Blue Mosque an ‘Iranian’ mosque," Huseynov claimed.

Azerbaijan demands not to call Blue Mosque in Yerevan ‘Iranian’

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Armenia – July 5 2022

In Azerbaijan, they demand that the Blue Mosque in Yerevan should no longer be called an ‘Iranian’ mosque, according to APA.

Sabuhi Huseynov—a “historian” and the author of an “investigation” ordered by Azerbaijani authorities on the "Fate of Tapabashi settlement, which is the last vestige of the national-cultural, historical heritage of Azerbaijan in Yerevan city: Destruction of the heritage of Azerbaijani people in Armenia and elimination of historical signs"—claims that "the Blue Mosque cannot be Iranian; the mosque is Azerbaijani."

Allegedly because "up to 100 Persians lived in Yerevan in 1917. Majority of those living in Yerevan until 1831-1920 have been Azerbaijanis."

"Today, well-known researchers in the world laugh at calling the Blue Mosque an ‘Iranian’ mosque. A mosque would not be constructed for 100 people, it should be put an end to call the Blue Mosque an ‘Iranian’ mosque," Huseynov claimed.

Armenia opposition movement demonstrators leave tree branch outside parliament building

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The participants of Armenia’s opposition Resistance Movement on Tuesday marched toward the Constitutional Court, then to the presidential residence, after which they reached nearby the National Assembly building.

"Today I would have very much liked to congratulate all of us on the occasion of Constitution Day. Today is not only Constitution Day, but also of our coat of arms, our flag. Unfortunately, these authorities have defiled the Constitution, the coat of arms, and the flag for four years. (…) The ‘scarecrow’ holding the post of Prime Minister has gone and is feeding deer today. I have come here to feed his ‘cattle,’" a demonstrator said.

Also, he was holding a tree branch.

"I am leaving this here so that his ‘backpacks,’ ‘cattle’ come out and eat this grass," he added.

Also, participants of the Resistance Movement protest left the photos of opposition activist Avetik Chalabyan—who is in prison—at the gates of the National Assembly

After that, the march moved to France Square—in downtown Yerevan—where today's demonstration concluded.

Earlier, the participants of the Resistance Movement protest had left a "chained" constitution in front of the Constitutional Court building, and cucumbers—outside the presidential residence.


Armenia opposition movement demonstrators leave tree branch outside parliament building

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The participants of Armenia’s opposition Resistance Movement on Tuesday marched toward the Constitutional Court, then to the presidential residence, after which they reached nearby the National Assembly building.

"Today I would have very much liked to congratulate all of us on the occasion of Constitution Day. Today is not only Constitution Day, but also of our coat of arms, our flag. Unfortunately, these authorities have defiled the Constitution, the coat of arms, and the flag for four years. (…) The ‘scarecrow’ holding the post of Prime Minister has gone and is feeding deer today. I have come here to feed his ‘cattle,’" a demonstrator said.

Also, he was holding a tree branch.

"I am leaving this here so that his ‘backpacks,’ ‘cattle’ come out and eat this grass," he added.

Also, participants of the Resistance Movement protest left the photos of opposition activist Avetik Chalabyan—who is in prison—at the gates of the National Assembly

After that, the march moved to France Square—in downtown Yerevan—where today's demonstration concluded.

Earlier, the participants of the Resistance Movement protest had left a "chained" constitution in front of the Constitutional Court building, and cucumbers—outside the presidential residence.


Armenia premier to not apologize to Constitutional Court ex-chief judge

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Armenia – July 5 2022

The appellate court has overturned the court of first instance decision by which Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was obligated to apologize to the former president—and now a judge—of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, Hrayr Tovmasyan. Armenian News-NEWS.am has learned about this from the from the “DataLex” Judicial Information System.

The Civil Court of Appeal granted Pashinyan's appeal, and overturned the aforesaid decision by the court of first instance.

And with another decision, the court denied Tovmasyan's request for an apology.

Hrayr Tovmasyan, the former president—and now a judge—of the Constitutional Court, had filed a lawsuit against PM Nikol Pashinyan to obligate him to apologize for making insulting expressions and deny defamatory information.

As a result, a Yerevan court of first instance had obligated the PM to deny the defamatory statements regarding Constitutional Court judge Hrayr Tovmasyan and partially granted the claim.

And Nikol Pashinyan had appealed to the Civil Court of Appeal, appealing the Yerevan court of first instance’s partial granting of Tovmasyan's claim against him.