BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN
Armenia’s ruling Republican Party of Armenia’s trampling on the Armenian Constitution continues without impunity, as party members pushed forward an agreement in the National Assembly that effectively sells off Armenia’s interests in the gas company and dodges questions of misappropriation of funds by government agencies.
Despite the parliamentary opposition’s strong objections the controversial Russia-Armenia gas agreement was put to a vote with only the ruling coalition’s Republican Party of Armenia and Country of Law parties taking part in deliberations and voting.
Opposition forces, among them the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, called the vote invalid claiming that several parliamentary laws were ignored during the vote.
“Our nation, our country and our national values are in danger and the elimination of that danger is a national imperative,” said ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Dr. Viken Hovsepian, in response to Monday’s vote on Russian-Armenian gas deal.
“There are times that nuances and all kinds of explanations become meaningless and the true crimes are revealed,” said Hovsepian.
“Five years ago they [the Armenian government] took us down the path of the enslaving Armenia-Turkey protocols attempting convince us that it was a high-level diplomatic maneuvering in the name of Armenia’s national security,” said Hovsepian. “Today, they are doing the same in the name of Russian interests and bow to imperialism.”
“Finally the time has come for all of us—every Armenian—to realize that the struggle against anti-national and irresponsible acts must be unwavering, uncompromising and complete,” said Hovsepian.
The country’s national resources and wealth are not the property of the ruling elite. The people of Armenia and the entire Armenian nation must hold the government accountable for their self-serving actions.