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.
Ignoring government objections, Israeli lawmakers discussed on Monday the possibility of recognizing the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Empire as genocide during a first-ever public hearing on the sensitive issue held in the Knesset.
A close associate of Levon Ter-Petrosian on Monday pointedly declined to refute a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable saying that the opposition leader had secretly offered to stop campaigning for President Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation in return for government concessions.
The presidents of Armenia and Iran pledged on Friday to further expand “high-level relations” between their nations and, in particular, give new impetus to the implementation of joint energy projects that have fallen behind schedule.