Recent changes in the Armed Forces, which are considered as the most important component of security, have received a great response among the public. The draft law “On Military Duty and Military Service” and “On Defense” submitted by the ruling party was severely criticized by the parliamentary oppositional “Yelq” faction. In his turn, Armenian Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan blamed “Yelq” for having destructive approaches.
“Destructive style advocates did not want to realize that the proposed solutions are far better than the many possible options, including the ones they proposed,” Vigen Sargsyan said.
Gevorg Georgisyan, Len Nazaryan and Artak Zeynalyan, representatives of “Yelq” Faction, presented their approaches about the state security and armed forces at Media Center on November 2.
Gevorg Georgisyan, Secretary of “Yelq” Faction, says that they have presented numerous constructive proposals regarding the bills that originated from their pre-election programs, but were rejected by the authorities.
“We had a proposal on the RA Law on Defense, which was rejected both by the Committee and the Ministry of Defense, although it contained provisions that would contribute to the army and the economy, the proposal was based on our program provisions. The whole sense was that army procurement from the local producers expands year by year.”
Artak Zeynalyan, in his turn, notes that a number of fundamental issues raised by them remained unanswered, one of which was the issue of the formation of the General Headquarters, which is an important issue in terms of the country's internal and external security:
“We think that the headquarters should be the council, the officers who accept decisions, and these decisions are more consolidated from the perspective of ideas and solutions.
At the same time, the MP notes that this law, which is meant to prepare the conscription, does not provide any strategic solutions, such as the preparation of children for recruitment earlier.
MP Lena Nazaryan notes that there are so many cases of exodus from military service due to corrupted medical committees and the elimination of the respiteright can just alleviate the number of people released from the army due to health problems:
“90 out of 100 are released from the army due to corrupted medical committees. The most targeted field for the minister should be the medical committees.”
Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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