WORKING MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
May 7 2009
On May 5, the working meeting of the Ad-Hoc Inquiry Committee into the
events occurred on March 1-2, 2008 in Yerevan and their reasons with
a view of submitting its conclusion to the National Assembly was held,
presided over by Mr. Samvel Nikoyan.
Mr. Nikoyan said that two issues will be examined, debated during
the previous meeting of the Ad-Hoc committee.
Related to the first issue Mr. Nikoyan said that some media
intentionally distorted the questions and answers, expressed in
the meeting. In particular it is related to Mr. Aram Karapetyan’s
question and Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan’s, ex Police Chief of the Republic
of Armenia, answer. Mr. Nikoyan said he used the record of the meeting
and presented Mr. Aram Karapetyan’s question. "Was the issue of the
emergency situation discussed with Mr. Robert Kocharyan, Mr. Serzh
Sargsyan and with all the other government officials of that time? Was
there headquarters set up? Were there any instructions? Did you
regularly report on the situation?"
Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, ex Police Chief of the Republic of Armenia,
answered: "Regarding the state of emergency let me say,’ Yes, the
issue was discussed, and I am one of those, who put the proposal to
the president to run the state of emergency, in order to avoid the
unpredictable serious consequences." Mr. Aram Karapetyan asked another
question: "I gave two questions: Was there set up headquarters, and who
were the members of it?" To this question Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan gave the
following answer: "I said the issue was discussed with the President. I
was present there, participated in it and I was one of those, who made
the proposal. A headquarters was immediately created. It is a working
process. At this moment I cannot name the members of the headquarters,
but there are relevant documents, related to it."
Presenting the questions and answers, the chairman said that
Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan’s speech referred the state of emergency and
not establishing headquarters.
During the debates, the members of the committee proposed to apply in
written form to Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, ex Police Chief of the Republic
of Armenia, to get clarification of a number of issues.
The second agenda issue, as the chairman of the committee said, was
related to the leakage of information. He said that the issue was
related to the document on the results of the examination of facts,
related the circumstances of Hamlet Tadevosyan’s death.
Without going into details of the material published by the
fact collecting group, Mr. Nikoyan said that the document and
the clarification of the preliminary investigation, related the
circumstances of Hamlet Tadevosyan’s death contradict each other. A
number of members of the committee proposed to invite Mr. Vahagn
Harytyunyan for clarifying the above-mentioned issue.