LEVON ZURABYAN: ARMENIA’S EMBASSY IN VATICAN WAS OPENED TO PLACE SERZH SARGSYAN’S SON-IN-LAW IN A JOB
by Ashot Safaryan
Thursday, October 31, 17:29
There was no real need to open the Armenian Embassy in Vatican. Amid
the economic crisis and shortage of budget funds, one could have
combined the activities of several diplomatic missions in one embassy,
for instance, in Vienna, Levon Zurabyan, Head of the opposition
Armenian National Congress Faction, said during today’s parliamentary
hearings on the draft state budget 2014.
The oppositionist said that Armenia is not a great power to afford
to open embassies throughout the world.
For his part, Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan
said that concentration of several diplomatic missions in one embassy
considerably reduces the efficiency of the embassy. In response,
Zurabyan pointed out that Shavarsh Kocharyan apparently did not know
the real background of opening of Armenia’s Embassy in Vatican. “The
opening of the Embassy had only one goal – to provide Serzh Sargsyan’s
son-in-law Mikayel Minasyan with a good job, i.e. to appoint him
ambassador”, said Zurabyan.