YEREVAN October 20
The process of replacement of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov accused of overthrowing the Armenian constitutional order in 2008, will be completed shortly, Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told TASS on Saturday.
YEREVAN, October 20. /TASS/. The process of replacement of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov accused of overthrowing the Armenian constitutional order in 2008, will be completed shortly, Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told TASS on Saturday.
"The process of Secretary General’s replacement and appointment of the new CSTO head will consist of two stages. As for replacement of the CSTO Secretary General, that process will be completed shortly. As for the second stage, the CSTO regulations do not stipulate for a case like that. An all-embracing solution is required in order to work out a clear approach for such cases in the future," he said.
According to Kocharyan, "either the country that proposed the CSTO Secretary General candidacy will propose a new one, or another country in alphabetical order will take over the chairmanship in the organization."
On July 26, Armenia’s Special Investigative Service pressed charges against Khachaturov, accusing him of overthrowing the constitutional order in 2008, and asked the court to impose a pre-trial detention on him. Khachaturov, who was the Commander of the Yerevan Garrison of the Armenian Armed Forces at that time and has served as CSTO Secretary General since 2017, denied his guilt. On July 28, Yerevan City Court of General Jurisdiction released Khachaturov on his own recognizance after a $10,000 bail was paid.
Armenia was rocked by a wave of protests in the wake of the presidential election held on February 19, 2008. The protesters disagreed with its official results, with Serzh Sargsyan winning the race. The protests were organized by supporters of Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan who had presidential ambitions at that time.
President Michel Aoun received visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Saturday at the Presidential Palace in Baabda where talks highlighted bilateral ties between the two countries, the State-run National News Agency reported.
After the meeting, Armenian Prime Minister reiterated support for the stability of Lebanon and the Armenian presence in the UNIFIL peacekeeping forces.
He also stressed the importance of establishing an academy in Lebanon for further dialogue between cultures and religions.
The Armenian PM and his spouse had arrived early Saturday in Beirut accompanied by Armenia's Foreign Minister and a delegation of officials, NNA said.
Pashinyan is scheduled to hold talks with senior Lebanese officials during his two-day visit, said NNA.
After meeting Aoun, he held meetings with Speaker Nabih Berri and PM-designate Saad Hariri.
Gevorg Torosyan, who participated in the recent La Francophonie Economic Forum in Armenia, is going to establish the branch of Canadian ISB engineering company in Armenia by the support of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), deputy minister of economic development and investments Mane Adamyan said on Facebook.
“The company produces security devices which are attached to different production devices and block the devices during human work with sensors in order not to harm the employees. At this stage ISB Armenian branch will be engaged in improvement of software, and at the next stage the devices will already be produced in Armenia.
It’s worth mentioning that one of the key parts of these devices is being produced in Armenia’s Goris for a long time, and our compatriots have exported this part to Canada for many years aimed at organizing the complete production there. We have agreed with Mr. Torosyan to organize the whole cycle of production of the devices in Armenia soon”, Adamyan wrote.
President of the Chamber of Architects of the Republic of Armenia
Mr. Mkrtich Minasyan
To the Chairman of the State Urban Development Committee
of the Republic of Armenia
Mr. A. Eloyan
Days ago, in presence of the Presidents of France and Armenia, a project of a “reconstruction” of the Yerevan Aznavour Center was presented to the public in the mentioned center. This project has never been discussed and never agreed in any competent authority of the Republic of Armenia.
A French-Armenian architect Aris Adamian was named as the author of the project.
It was a very disturbing fact that the author of the center, honored architect of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Narek Sargsyan refused to participate to the mentioned event, who, as it turns out, by virtue of copyright didn’t gave his consent to such modifications.
This unacceptable occurrence of arbitrary modifications of the creations of Armenian architects by foreign promoters is unfortunately becoming ordinary nowadays, considering the multitude of similar examples of the past years.
The norms of professional ethics and copyrights are grossly violated, the architectural appearance of the buildings is being distorted.
Recently, with the joint efforts of the RA Government and the Union of Architects of the Republic of Armenia, the RA National Assembly adopted the RA Law on Architectural Activity, on the basis of which the Chamber of Architects of the Republic of Armenia was created with the aim of, beside other functions, protecting the rights of RA architects in Armenia.
The law also envisages the process of obtaining a corresponding license for foreign architects to operate in Armenia.
Architectural ethics are of international character and are mandatory for architects of all countries.
Considering the fact that the arbitrary modifications of the Aznavour Center without the consent of the author can become a very bad precedent for the future of the architectural works of each of us, we hereby request to take steps in order to prevent the sacrifice of yet another unique building in Yerevan as prescribed by the above-mentioned law.
We call on foreign partners to be respectful in our country and to our creative approach. We welcome the participation of our Diaspora partners in the construction processes of Armenia, the use of the foreign advanced experience through them, but only in the atmosphere of professional solidarity and mutual respect, and not at the expense of our professional dignity.
Honored architect of the Republic of Armenia Ashot Aleksanyan
Honored architect of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Mutafyan
Honored architect of the Republic of Armenia Levon Vardanyan
19 Oct. 2018
The spiritual leaders of the Christian churches of Jerusalem – Armenian Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, as well as the Greek Patriarch and the Custos of the Holy Land, on October 19 signed a joint letter addressed to Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Koryun Baghdasaryan – Chancellor of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said on Facebook.
“In the letter the spiritual leaders are surprised over the fact that the bill authored by Knesset member Rachel Azaria on the properties belonging to the Christian community has been included in the agenda of October 21 discussion of the commission of ministers and call on PM Neyanyahu to intervene and suspend the discussion of the bill. The spiritual leaders called the bill shameful and reminded Netanyahu that in his letter sent to the spiritual leaders in July he assured that the bill should be withdrawn”, he said.
Despite that the bill has undergone some changes, it, however, enables the state to confiscate the church properties.
Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan today arrived in Lebanon on a working visit.
Following the welcoming ceremony the acting PM’s delegation departed to the Lebanese presidential palace where he met with President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.
Pashinyan thanked the Lebanese President for the warm reception, stating that he is very happy for the visit to the brotherly country Lebanon. “Thank you for your participation in the La Francophonie summit in Yerevan just a week ago and for delivering a very comprehensive speech at the event. A month ago we had a chance to exchange views in New York over the bilateral relations between Armenia and Lebanon. Now as well we have a new opportunity for dialogue. Following Armenia’s independence in 1991 the relations of our countries, the centuries-old connections of our peoples have got new quality which is typical to two friendly states and brotherly peoples. We need to serve this at best for the strengthening of our partnership, implementation of our common goals”, the Armenian acting PM said.
In his turn the Lebanese President welcomed Pashinyan’s visit to the country, stating that it will contribute to further developing and strengthening the traditional friendly ties between the two countries. President Michel Aoun congratulated Nikol Pashinyan for the high-level organization of the 17th La Francophonie summit in Yerevan.
During the meeting the officials stated that there is a high-level political dialogue between the two countries which is conditioned by the historical friendly ties and the key role of the Lebanese-Armenian community. Nikol Pashinyan said the Armenian people remember with gratitude the warm attitude of the Lebanese people towards our compatriots who survived the Genocide: “Lebanon is the only country in the region that officially recognized the Armenian Genocide, and this is important not only for the preservation of historical memory, but also for the prevention of new genocides”.
The Lebanese President highly valued the role of the Armenian community in the country’s political, economic, social, cultural, educational and sports life, as well as the intensification of friendship between the two countries and peoples.
The officials also touched upon the opportunities to develop the bilateral commercial ties and attached importance to the active work on this path. “We need to take action to make the bilateral economic ties in accordance with the high-level political and human relations between our countries”, Nikol Pashinyan said. He also introduced the Armenian government’s actions in fight against corruption, simplification of tax and customs procedures, formation of favorable investment environment. The Lebanese President expressed readiness to assist the governments of the two countries in the implementation of programs and initiatives.
Nikol Pashinyan welcomed Lebanon’s initiative to establish a “Human Academy”, which was announced by President Michel Aoun during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 21, 2017. “Armenia welcomes Lebanon’s initiative to become a center of dialogue between various civilizations, religions and races and is ready to assist. We are confident that Lebanon’s efforts and experience aimed at the peaceful coexistence of different religions and nations can be instructive for not only separate countries, but also the entire region”, Pashinyan said.
At the end of the meeting the Armenian acting PM left a note at the Honorary Guest Book.