Newspaper: Some Armenia top military officers are very concerned about PM statement on recent war, operations

News.am, Armenia

YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd newspaper of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: According to Zhoghovurd daily’s information, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s statement from the NA [National] tribune the day before about the [recent Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)] war, the operations made, the shortcomings has made a number of generals, colonels very concerned as to why the Prime Minister was publicly saying about it from the NA tribune.

Moreover, according to the news we received, the high-ranking military officials have discussed that this public dispute between the former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the prime minister will not lead to a good place and will pose new challenges to the army.

We learned from well-informed sources that on March 22, when RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan introduced Artak Davtyan [the new chief of the General Staff] to the RA Armed Forces command, during a closed discussion many of the generals asked what fate awaited them, whether they were going to be included in any criminal cases or be tried in connection with the 44-day war.

[But] Pashinyan assured [them] that no fact-finding group will be set up, no investigation will be carried out, everyone can peacefully carry out their functions. Moreover, according to the same information, Pashinyan had noted that they could hold internal discussions and decide among themselves where, who, how made mistakes, draw a conclusion. And the command staff of the Armed Forces, being confident that everything was fine, had calmed down and gone to its work.

But it can be said that the MOD and the Armed Forces makeup are alarmed by the prime minister's speech the day before, as sharp turns are possible in the near future.

Captives’ issue will be resolved Armenia’s favor, says deputy defense minister

News.am, Armenia

YEREVAN. – Changes in the army have been talked about many times. Deputy Defense Minister Arman Sargsyan on Friday told this to reporters at the National Assembly of Armenia.

When asked what exactly will change in the army, he responded: "Everything will be changing and will change. Once the results are visible, you will see."

To the question as to how the issue of Armenian captives in Azerbaijan will be resolved, Sargsyan answered: "In favor of the Republic of Armenia."

But he did not respond to remark that there were reports that young soldiers returning from captivity were being sent back to military service. "Sorry, I'm not doing a good thing by closing the door," said the deputy defense minister, closing the door behind him.

Armenia ruling party MP: Azerbaijanis can’t have corridor through Meghri

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The roads need to be unblocked, but it has to be done in such a way that Armenia’s interest isn’t overlooked, and this implies blockage of a corridor for the Azerbaijanis through the territory of Meghri. This is what deputy of the My Step faction of the National Assembly of Armenia Armen Khachatryan told reporters in parliament.

“The fact that the unblocking of roads is a key issue for Armenia and that the country will see major changes in the economy and have new prospects after unblocking is unequivocal, but Aliyev’s notions of the unblocking of roads are perhaps unacceptable for us, for the most part. You are probably referring to the issue of providing a certain corridor through the Syunik Province. I don’t think there is such an issue, and there can’t even be a corridor for Azerbaijan through Syunik Province. Aliyev and Erdogan dream of having that corridor, but they will keep dreaming,” the deputy said.

Armenia President: Let them return our boys, girls first before talking to Azerbaijan about anything

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We are not on an equal footing because let them return our boys and girls first before talking about anything with Azerbaijan, and then we will think about the next step. Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian on Friday stated this in Tbilisi, Georgia, speaking with Armenian reporters.

"The restoration or normalization of bilateral relations cannot be at the expense of one party—at our expense. I cannot forget the [Armenian] Genocide as history, put it all aside if the other side does not take any steps to recognize [it] or apologize [for it]. When that happens, then we will think, then it will be clear," Sarkissian said.

And asked whether in his opinion US President Joe Biden will use the word "genocide" in his April 24 message, the Armenian President responded: "I have my analysis, and it would be wrong if the President of the Republic of Armenia says that he has expectations. After all, it will be the decision of the US president, not mine. We will give an assessment when the decision is made. I can analyze, but it would not be right for me to voice it."

Armen Sarkissian: Turkey and Azerbaijan must take first of 1,000 steps before opening of roads

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All the possible programs, recommendations and possible solutions to transport issues were discussed during the meetings in Georgia, and there are various schemes such as the 3+3 scheme. This is what President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian told Armenian reporters in Tbilisi.

“We discussed everything. Everyone understands that Armenia, which is in a deadlock, needs to become a crossroads, but there are a large number of hardships with regard to the opening of roads with Turkey and Azerbaijan. There are a thousand steps to take before the opening of roads, and Turkey and Azerbaijan must be the first ones to take those steps. How can Armenia forget about the Armenian Genocide? However, it’s a fact that Armenia needs more active relations and the development of political, diplomatic and economic relations with Georgia and Azerbaijan,” he said.


Armen Sarkissian: Turkey and Azerbaijan must take first of 1,000 steps before opening of roads

News.am, Armenia

All the possible programs, recommendations and possible solutions to transport issues were discussed during the meetings in Georgia, and there are various schemes such as the 3+3 scheme. This is what President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian told Armenian reporters in Tbilisi.

“We discussed everything. Everyone understands that Armenia, which is in a deadlock, needs to become a crossroads, but there are a large number of hardships with regard to the opening of roads with Turkey and Azerbaijan. There are a thousand steps to take before the opening of roads, and Turkey and Azerbaijan must be the first ones to take those steps. How can Armenia forget about the Armenian Genocide? However, it’s a fact that Armenia needs more active relations and the development of political, diplomatic and economic relations with Georgia and Azerbaijan,” he said.


Armen Sarkissian: Turkey and Azerbaijan must take first of 1,000 steps before opening of roads

News.am, Armenia

All the possible programs, recommendations and possible solutions to transport issues were discussed during the meetings in Georgia, and there are various schemes such as the 3+3 scheme. This is what President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian told Armenian reporters in Tbilisi.

“We discussed everything. Everyone understands that Armenia, which is in a deadlock, needs to become a crossroads, but there are a large number of hardships with regard to the opening of roads with Turkey and Azerbaijan. There are a thousand steps to take before the opening of roads, and Turkey and Azerbaijan must be the first ones to take those steps. How can Armenia forget about the Armenian Genocide? However, it’s a fact that Armenia needs more active relations and the development of political, diplomatic and economic relations with Georgia and Azerbaijan,” he said.


Armen Sarkissian: Turkey and Azerbaijan must take first of 1,000 steps before opening of roads

News.am, Armenia

All the possible programs, recommendations and possible solutions to transport issues were discussed during the meetings in Georgia, and there are various schemes such as the 3+3 scheme. This is what President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian told Armenian reporters in Tbilisi.

“We discussed everything. Everyone understands that Armenia, which is in a deadlock, needs to become a crossroads, but there are a large number of hardships with regard to the opening of roads with Turkey and Azerbaijan. There are a thousand steps to take before the opening of roads, and Turkey and Azerbaijan must be the first ones to take those steps. How can Armenia forget about the Armenian Genocide? However, it’s a fact that Armenia needs more active relations and the development of political, diplomatic and economic relations with Georgia and Azerbaijan,” he said.