Everybody Must Complete National Service Duty Before Taking High Pos


A1 Plus | 21:22:25 | 31-05-2004 | Politics |

Supreme Council MPs’ club issued a statement Monday attracting public
attention to those high-ranking state officials, who had dodged
military service in a clear breach of the law.

The club appealed to court demanding to announce Armenian president’s
five orders on appointing culture minister Hovik Hoveyan, justice
minister David Harutyunyan, foreign minister Vardan Oskanyan, defense
minister Serge Sargssyan and prime minister Andranik Margaryan to
their positions invalid.

The court accepted only two of the five motions submitted by the club.
Motions on Andranik Margaryan and Hovik Hoveyan were taken by the
court while the rest three ones on Serge Sargssyan, Vardan Oskanyan
and David Harutyunyan were declined, despite all five cases are
completely alike. “The explanation of the rejection was absolutely
absurd: only Constitutional Court can dispute any presidential decree’s
correspondence with the Constitution”, the statement says.

The club members think the court accepting two and rejecting three
above-mentioned motions displayed political approach instead of
juridical, as Hoveyan’s and Markaryan’s candidacies had been put up
by Orinats Erkir and Republican parties while the rest three officials
were president Kocharyan’s direct nominees.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS