The embattled mayor of a remote Armenian village joined on Thursday more than 100 environmental activists in demonstrating in Yerevan against a German-owned company’s plans to expand open-pit mining in the southeastern Syunik region.
In a rare display of unity, Armenia’s leading opposition forces have urged the government to hold the forthcoming parliamentary elections on a solely party-list basis, a measure which they believe would complicate vote rigging.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly said that Turkey should avoid “bellicose rhetoric” and rely instead on historical facts in disputes with countries recognizing the 1915 mass killings and deportations of Armenians as genocide.
The use of lethal force against opposition protesters during the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan was justified, Armenian law-enforcement authorities insisted on Tuesday following a fresh investigation that was ordered by President Serzh Sarkisian.
The Armenian government will try to address serious concerns expressed by villagers in the southeastern Syunik province about the planned launch of open-pit mining operations near their communities, Environment Minister Aram Harutiunian said on Tuesday.