Caucasus Reality 12 march — 14:36

Armenian Diaspora: Sargsyan may give Karabakh back

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There is a new and burning question on the agenda in Armenia: who will return the territories to Azerbaijan - the 'English Queen' or future Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan? The 'English Queen' means the new Armenian President Armen Sarkissian.

Armen Sarkissian

Internal relations in the Armenian government have become really complicated. As the First Information Portal in Yerevan writes, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan ... will not be the continuation of President Serzh Sargsyan in the course of his activities. The reason for this is very simple: Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan will act in a de jure different reality: 'In the end it is not by chance and not only because of the primitive demand for strong premiership that legislative steps are being taken to ensure the law enforcement and power support of the prime minister.'

But the main point is foreign policy: who will be the negotiator for the Karabakh settlement? According to Irina Jorbenadze, the Rosbalt commentator, earlier, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and President Serzh Sargsyan spoke with Baku. 'If this burden is borne by a 'fresh man' in the person of a new but conditional head of state, this would be very useful. However, everything will depend on the degree of servility of Sarkissian to the premier and the personality of the latter: we should remind that it is possible that the real head of state will again be Serzh Sargsyan, and the president will be just an 'English Queen' under him. Not the most pleasant fate when you are not in the UK, but in Armenia,' Irina Jorbenadze said.

However, in Armenia they are almost sure that the new president - the 'English Queen' - will conduct negotiations on Karabakh. But all power really focuses in the hands of the future prime minister. That is why from now on all decisions of the Security Council of Armenia will be signed by the prime minister. And according to the Armenian laws, the Security Council determines the main directions of the policy in the defence sphere.

The Armenian diaspora in Europe has already expressed serious concern over the fact that Serzh Sargsyan, becoming prime minister, may return the occupied territories. For example, the chairman of the Forum of Armenian Organisations of Europe, Ashot Grigoryan, notes: in Europe (i.e. the Armenian Diaspora - Ed), there is great concern about the Security Council and the powers that this structure is endowed with.

'... The fact that the role of the Security Council is put on a level higher than the level of the National Assembly has one goal: Armenia must return the occupied territories. In order for Serzh Sargsyan to be able to return them without discussing this with the people, this issue is transferred from the National Assembly to the Security Council, where all are subordinated to him. We declare: if something like this happens, then undoubtedly, there will be popular uprising...'

In general, everything is laid in a logical scenario. Armen Sarkissian, who has no real powers, holds negotiations, during which an agreement is reached. And then, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who possesses real authority, referring to the president and the decision of the Security Council of Armenia, simply signs the document. Like, mind you, 'I did not decide it.' And in the case of some 'popular unrest' there are law-enforcement agencies, subordinated precisely to the premiere.

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