YEREVAN (Yerkir)—Armenia behaves as if nothing is changing around it, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary faction leader Vahan Hovannesian on Wednesday, noting that while regional powers are pushing forward their interests, Armenia is sitting idly aside.
“Within the CSTO, Russia’s interest supersede the interests of its other member countries; in NATO, Turkey is pursuing a policy that doesn’t meet the Alliance’s standards; finally, the Eastern Partnership is affecting the entire region, with the EU increasing its involvement in democratic processes in partner countries,” said Hovannesian speaking at a press conference in the “Duplex” club. He urged, that under the current climate, new blood is needed to tackle the complex diplomatic and foreign policy challenges facing Armenia.
“There are new political realities and arenas, which require new political actors and approaches,” explained the ARF leader. “We do not have new approaches. We do not have new players. There is an imperative for serious cadre changes both in Yerevan and in the embassies. We have expressed the same concern when Vartan Oskanian was in office.”
Hovannesian will lead the 10-person delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Eastern Partnership, or Euronest
On the Karabakh front, Hovannesian said that Azerbaijan is seeking to address the Karabakh issue in any forum that it can, beginning with the United Nations. He explained that the more one specific body becomes engaged in all facets of the Karabakh issue, the more detrimental it is for Azerbaijan, hence the Azeri approach to engage whatever entity it can in the process.