National Assembly Adopts Laws Legislative Amendmen’s on Military Service

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At the June 5 session–in the first reading the Armenia National Assembly adopted bills on serving in the army–on making amendmen’s to the Armenian law–on social security of military servicemen and members of their families–on recognizing the Armenian law on military ran’s of servicemen of the military forces as invalid–and on recognizing certain articles of the law on military obligation as invalid.

According to Deputy Minister of Defense–Lieutenant-General Artur Aghabekian–the aim of this legislative initiative is to separate issues connected with military service from the laws on military obligation–to regulate them through different laws.

The deputy minister said that besides urgent service–issues also connected with contractual service are included in the law on serving in the army.

The new law also enables precise regulation of the order of conferring military ran’s. In particular–high officer ran’s will be conferred if the given serviceman has high officer rank and has occupied a corresponding position for no less than three years. Answering a journalist’s question related to the acting high officer staff–Aghabekian pointed out that they have deserved their ran’s during the Karabakh war.

Touching upon the objection of the chairman of the National Assembly commission for defense issues–national security and internal affairs–Vahan Hovanessian–concerning the circumstance that the law on serving in the army must not prohibit the creation of NGOs by military servicemen–Aghabekian said that the prohibition does not concern the membership–since both him and many other servicemen are–particularly–members of the Yerkrapah Union of Volunteers. Emphasizing that the law does not require resigning membership of parties–Aghabekian pointed out that in 1988-1992 he–too–was a partisan–a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–and as a partisan he participated in the creation of detachmen’s for the defense of Hadrut’s villages.

According to the current law on social security of military servicemen and their family members–servicemen in active military service had the opportunity of a holiday.

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