Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian made a case for Armenia’s democratization in a televised interview broadcast late Wednesday, warning that the country risks paying not only a political but also an economic price for its culture of electoral fraud.
The past year will be remembered by many in Armenia and Azerbaijan for fresh electoral fraud and missed opportunities for democratization, but it may also go down in history as a turning point in the long-running efforts to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
After more than a year of negotiations with NATO, Armenia has embarked on the implementation of an “individual partnership action plan” (IPAP) that should bring it closer to the U.S.-led alliance and result in a reform of its military.
The leadership of the Armenian parliament effectively refused on Tuesday to delay the impending resignation of the state human rights ombudsperson, Larisa Alaverdian, until the election of her successor in accordance with the country’s newly amended constitution.
Artashes Geghamian, one of Armenia’s most popular opposition leaders, on Tuesday put his refusal to join recent anti-government protests in Yerevan down to substantial progress in international efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.