Demonstrators shout slogans and hold Armenian flags as they take part in an opposition rally to protest against the Karabakh concession in Yerevan on May 4, 2022. (AFP)
16:25, 4 May, 2022
YEREVAN, MAY 4, ARMENPRESS. Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan met with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili in Tbilisi on the sidelines of his working visit, Grigoryan’s office said.
Armen Grigoryan conveyed the warm greetings of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the Georgian PM. Both sides highly valued the warm relations between the Armenian and Georgian PMs, expressing hope that such a positive quality of relations will be transferred to the Armenian-Georgian cooperation in other levels.
The Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia presented the processes of the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
The officials also discussed a number of issues relating to the security situation in the region, during which Armen Grigoryan presented Armenia’s vision on the solution of the security problems in South Caucasus and the maintenance of stability in the region.
The prospects of Georgia’s mediation to regional economic and humanitarian affairs were discussed. The conversation also focused on the current situation in Ukraine and its impact on the region.
ArmInfo.Police are trying to unblock the roadway in Yerevan's Khanjyan street. Hundreds SWAT police are using force to detain the protesters.
"The Red Berets must be waiting for incentive payment and provoked peaceful protesters. And the most awful thing is that the first to be detained was retired police colonel Sayat Shirinyan, who was only taking part in a peaceful march," the opposition MP Gegham Manukyan told reporters.
As regards the "secret" Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan mentioned in Parliament, Mr Manukyan said: "Another manipulation! We came to Parliament to state our demands and leave. A liar is impossible to talk to. We witnessed that person telling us one thing behind closed doors and saying entirely different things in public. He is a habitual liar," Manukyan said.
Activists of the Resistance Movement have blocked roadways in different parts of Yerevan since early morning. They are clashing with law-enforcers, who are trying to unblock the roadways.
The protesters are chanting "Struggle!", "Armenia without Turks!", "Armenian without Nikol!", "We are masters of our country!".
Numerous policemen are on duty in the streets. Traffic police are searching trucks in Yerevan streets, inquiring about the reason for their going downtown.
ArmInfo.First President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan ssures that the current internal political confrontation weakens Armenia's position in the upcoming difficult negotiations and calls on Nikol Pashinyan, Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan to dialogue. This is stated in the article of the former president, published on the iLur.am.
"It is not clear what the main goal of today's opposition is. With the light hand of Serzh Sargsyan, Nikol Pashinyan was labeled a "surrender", which, although aptly, does not fully reflect the truth. In fact, it was not Pashinyan who capitulated, but Armenia. Pashinyan only signed an act on capitulation of Armenia. Therefore, whoever is instead of Pashinyan – Robert Kocharyan, Serzh Sargsyan, or at least Ishkhan Saghatelyan, they will dutifully accept the decision that will be imposed on Armenia. Thus, the problem does not depend on the personality of the leader of Armenia," Ter-Petrosyan said . The former head of state assures that if this simple truth is not understood, and internal political upheavals continue, then the decisions imposed tothe RA will be much more painful, regardless of who signs the final document – Pashinyan or others.
"The question is, do the current leaders of the opposition not realize this? If they do not realize this, then they do not understand anything in politics. The harsh actions of the current government in relation to demonstrations, marches and rallies organized by the opposition have nothing to do with national interests," Ter-Petrosyan said.
In his words, being a hopeless optimist, he still hopes that the conflicting parties will finally realize the danger of their positions, will make efforts to reach some kind of agreement, so as not to complicate the situation even more, in order to avoid new dangers. "If our intelligentsia really wants to do something patriotic, let them force Nikol Pashinyan, Robert Kocharyan, Serzh Sargsyan to sit at the same table and find a way out of the internal political crisis," the first president of Armenia concluded.