“The World Bank has funded a project to improve irrigation system and has given a credit of $ 30 million. However, the Government of Armenia decided that the irrigation program of Kaghtsrashen should be fulfilled by these means, and not the World Bank. So, it is RA government to cancel it,” Levon Galstyan, Pan-Armenian Environmental Front member, said during the discussion on “Construction of Garni Water Pipeline was Suspended: Further Developments” at Media Center.
“The year of 2017 is a pre-election year and it is natural that the authorities do not want the dissatisfied part of the society to be in the street. That is why they initiated the delay of compulsory component of the funded pension system for the private sector,” Mane Tandilyan, member of “Bright Armenia” Party, said this at Media Center.
The agreements made during the meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan Serj Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev in Vienna do not mean that the procedure of Nagorno Karabakh (NK) conflict is on a qualitatively new stage. This only shows the “revival” of the negotiation process. The Armenian and Azerbaijani experts spoke about this during the discussion at Media Center on May 17.
“I don’t believe that there is an honest capital in Armenia. And if we start to look for them, we will have to send everyone to prison. Let us forgive people, let the money come to Armenia. We are not in the situation to consider it a serious problem and punish them,” Advocate Tigran Atanesyan said it during the discussion at Media Center entitled “The Corruption Trajectory of Offshore Scandal: Will there be legal consequences?”
The draft bill on the recognition of independence of Nagorno Karabakh that did not receive the negative opinion of the Government will be approved at NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and will be included in the Parliamentary agenda. Later when proper it can be voted at the National Assembly. RA Member of Parliament, Former Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan said this at Media Center on May 12.
“If we did not do anything, the electricity price would reduce by at least 6 AMD on August 1,” Economist Artak Manukyan said during the discussion at Media Center, reasoning his opinion by the fact that by August 1, 2016 the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) will have covered its debt of 24 billion AMD because of which electricity price increased last year.
The appeal against the ban on the import of Turkish goods into Armenia was not accepted definitely by the experts. Moreover, most of them think that this issue is raised artificially, and particularly the raw material imported from Turkey for textile products is indispensable. So, in case of limitations the rate of unemployment will increase because of the traders and businessmen who import goods from Turkey. The economists said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
“No one would dare to discuss the issue of territories surrender in the Repubic of Nagorno Karabakh (NKR)," Garnik Isagulyan, Consultant of NKR Permanent Representation in the Republic of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center while speaking about the last visit of Serj Sargsyan to NKR.
During the war situation it is necessary to make a decision and limit the unofficial visits of current high officials and high-ranking officials of the last five years out of Armenia. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), said about this during the discussion organized in Gyumri by Media Center.
“Again we have to state that the police in Armenia works not by laws but by instructions. I can clearly state that there was an instruction as other initiatives were also held before such as the demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy a day before.
“The PanArmenian Declaration adopted on January 29, 2015 can be considered the new stage during which the recognition process gradually moves to the legal political and claiming field on the state level,” Ashot Melkonyan, Director of the Institute of History of RA National Academy of Sciences, said during the discussion at Media Center.
Oppositional “Civil Contract” Party that protected the candidacy of Sasun Mikayelyan during the mayor elections in Hrazdan on April 17, announced that reelected acting Mayor Arman Danielyan managed to win the lections thanks to bribes.
Armenian politicians and political scientists expressed their points of view about the motives, consequences of the four-day war in NKR at the beginning of April and the Possible Developments of the Negotiation Process during the debate at Media Center.
“Some meetings in “4+4+4” format showed that it failed as the Government is not willing to compromise even after the formation of compromising proposals by the opposition. However, if the government finds ways to continue the discussions, we do not close the door, we are ready to proceed,” Aram Manukyan, Secretary of the Armenian National Congress Faction, said during the discussion at Media Center.