Ghoukassian Consult With Karabakh Officials

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Karabakh president Arkady Ghoukassian held a series of consultations with the republic’s officials.

The president met with the commander of the Karabakh armed force Samvel Babayan. The two discussed issues connected with the domestic political situation in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

Ghoukassian also met with commanders of armed units on their request.

Ghoukassian said that his recent decisions were prompted by the necessity of establishing the rule of law and order in the republic.

The military supported the line pursued by the president. They agreed that the current problems should be solved through combined efforts. Commanders assured the president that armed units that they lead continue to perform their duties on a daily basis. On July 7 president Ghoukassian also met with mayor of Stepanakert Karen Babayan.

The same day Ghoukassian met with members of the presidium of the National Assembly of Karabakh to discuss the domestic political situation.

Ghoukassian reiterated that all of his actions were prompted by his aspiration to establish rule of law and order in Karabakh. However–according to him–certain forces are making attempts to impede this process. He said steps have been taken–which violate elementary ethics. "I haven’t declared war with anybody–but I have to take commensurate measures in response to attempts at destabilizing the situation in the republic," Ghoukassian said.

Members of the presidium said that they supported the goal determined by the president. They voiced a serious concern regarding the current political situation in the country. Almost all of them noted that it is necessary to find a format for dialogue and compromise to prevent any aggravation of the situation.

Chairman of the Karabakh parliament Oleg Yesayan reiterated his deputies’ readiness to explain the situation to the population–as well as to promote dialogue. He stressed that the parliament should perform the role of a stabilizer.

Karabakh prime minister Anushavan Danielian met July 6 with the acting chief of the state department of justice of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Robert Hayrapetian. The two discussed a course of reforms in the judicial sphere.

Both noted that a number of laws related to the judiciary have already been signed. According to Hayrapetian–bills on the formation and structure of courts–the status of judges and a prosecutor’s office will soon be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration. After these bills are adopted–a three-stage judicial system will be formed.

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