Kocharian Returns Law on National Security to Parliament for Further Consideration

YEREVAN (PanARMENIAN.Net)–Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian refused to sign the law passed by Parliament in September 2003 on regulating Armenia’s national security–and returned it to the body for further consideration.

The head of the President’s administration Artashes Tumanian–told lawmakers on Monday that the problematic wording of the law violates the Armenian Constitution’s provision on separation of powers.

He added that the law seems to have been formulated "hastily," resembling a proclamation rather than a law–and offered assistance to lawmakers in rewording it.

The law "On Principal Regulations of National Security" was passed by Parliament in September 2003 and provides the general principles for formulating state policy on national security and national interests.

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