Politics 10:55 12/12/2020 Armenia

AGBU urges Armenian PM to step down

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) on Friday issued a statement on the need to form a transitional government in Armenia. Below is the full text of the statement.

"Our nation has faced extraordinary challenges over the past century. At each juncture, AGBU has worked to advance the national interest of the Armenian people and has historically been at the forefront on issues when the survival of our nation was at stake, without engaging in local Armenian politics, in Armenia or the diaspora. These times are no different. This is a defining moment in our history, one that requires resolve, courage and vision on the part of our nation’s leaders, as well as its citizens and supporters around the world.

In the last two months, we lived through the bitterness of tremendous loss, but we are not a defeated nation. As long as we have the strength and wisdom to heal our wounds, learn from events, rebuild our shaken homeland and move forward, we will ensure our sacred place in history and civilization. We are acutely aware that unabated, the shockwaves of the Artsakh catastrophe may shatter the very foundation of Armenian statehood and bring upon us even greater vulnerabilities. These dangers are felt and feared by our global Armenian community, which must be anchored by a strong and sovereign Armenia – the pillar of our identity.

Not a single Armenian, anywhere across the globe, can allow this to happen.

This is neither the time for finger-pointing nor determining blame for the immensity of failures that got us to where we are today, failures compounded over decades of shortcomings. We are a nation in crisis confronting a volatile political situation. Therefore, extraordinary action, both symbolic and direct, must be taken. Our young democracy must prove its resilience and strength at this critical time.

Of paramount importance is preserving the unity of our people; we cannot afford the risk of further fallout or even violence. It is our belief that an independent body, disassociated with present and past administrations, should assume leadership as a transitional government. It should be comprised of citizens recognized for their knowledge and expertise working with qualified and respected advisors from Armenia and the diaspora to provide insight and support across key sectors. We call upon the Prime Minister in his good will and conscience, and for the sake of the nation and every Armenian, to yield his position so that this new, temporary government can be formed. We want to ensure that a legitimate independent body assumes interim leadership until fair and democratic elections can be held. This body, having a clear understanding and respect for the realities we must confront, should serve with objectivity to get us through this watershed moment in our history.

As with all democracies, this must be a peaceful transition through a lawful and constitutional process that must uphold the highest democratic standards with profound respect for the fundamental rights of all citizens. We call on Parliament to support this transitional government. This process should also involve our Armenian Apostolic Church and the Mother See of Etchmiadzin, whose leadership has been a beacon of hope for our nation through challenging times throughout its more than 1700-year history.

As an organization that has accompanied our nation on its arduous journey since our founding in 1906 and has stood by our nation through both Ottoman and Soviet governance, as well as independence, we solemnly renew our pledge to ensure the bright future of Armenia, to the reconstruction of our ravaged Artsakh, and to our mission to tend to the humanitarian and social needs of our people in Armenia and across the globe. In the coming weeks, we will convene leaders of our global community to jointly develop strategies to overcome the consequences of the war and to quickly return to the path of nation-building and development.

We pray for the wisdom of our nation, the speedy healing of our wounds and the recovery from political turmoil. We also bow to the memory of our fallen heroes and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, whose bravery and sacrifice have left an indelible mark on our hearts and will guide us throughout our lives. And we appeal to every single Armenian in Armenia, in Artsakh and across the diaspora to remain engaged, strong, and committed to our nation as we confront these difficult times and together build a better future."

Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:


Opposition factions ask Armenian president to challenge legality of community enlargement bill in top court
The opposition Armenia and With Honor factions in the Armenian parliament have asked President Armen Sarkissian to challenge the legality of the...
Greta Thunberg lambasts world leaders over climate crisis
Greta Thunberg has excoriated global leaders over their promises to address the climate emergency, dismissing them as “blah, blah,...
2022 Oscars: Armenia selects ‘Should the Wind Drop’ for international feature film category
Armenia will submit filmmaker Nora Martirosyan’s “Should the Wind Drop” (Si le vent tombe), a drama about Artsakh, for...
Converse Bank: A success story – green energy
Optimum Energy was founded in 2013. The company is engaged in the construction of solar stations, and we also have our own solar stations....
Freedom House urges Armenian authorities to immediately stop enforcement of ‘unconstitutional’ insult law
Freedom House notes with concern the recent criminal case opened against a Facebook user who insulted Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in...
Student who threw egg at Macron admitted to psychiatric hospital
A 19-year-old student who threw an egg at French President Emmanuel Macron has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after a medical exam, AP...
Opposition MP Armen Gevorgyan criticizes court decision to ban him from travelling to Strasbourg for PACE session
Opposition lawmaker Armen Gevorgyan, who is a member of the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),...
Armenian soldier wounded in Azerbaijani shooting in Gegharkunik border section
An Armenian serviceman sustained a gunshot injury in the arm as the Azerbaijani troops opened fire at the military positions in the Gegharkunik...
Faces of 3 Egyptian mummies reconstructed with genetic data for first time
The faces of three ancient Egyptian men who lived up to 2,797 years ago have been reconstructed using genetic data extracted from their...
Agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh help establish stability, Russia's Lavrov says
The agreements ending military activities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which were reached by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan...
Opposition MP: Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots Cathedral to be named Ghazanchi in PACE resolution
The Armenian authorities keep losing on the diplomatic front, Lilit Galstyan, a lawmaker from the opposition Armenia bloc, said in a Facebook...
State Department spokesman tests positive for Covid-19
State Department spokesman Ned Price has tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in the UN General Assembly last week, CNN...
Artsakh ombudsman publishes updated version of report on civilian killings by Azerbaijani forces
Human Rights Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic Gegham Stepanyan on Monday published an updated version of the report on the cases of the killing...
It is time to sanction Azerbaijan until Aliyev returns the last Armenian POW – The National Interest
By Michael Rubin, The National Interest One year ago today, the Azerbaijani army, backed by Turkish Special Forces and Syrian jihadis...
Madame Tussauds brings all six James Bond stars together, in wax
To mark the return of James Bond in the film "No Time to Die" starring Daniel Craig, Madame Tussauds has gathered waxes of the six...
Viva-MTS partners with Microsoft to launch the Azure Stack cloud platform in Armenia
Viva-MTS, the leading telecommunications operator in Armenia implemented the commercial launch the Azure Stack cloud platform. This is not only...
Minsk Group Co-Chairs met with State Department officials
US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe...
Evgeny Kissin to perform a new programme for the Armenian audience
Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin will perform a solo concert in Yerevan within the framework of the 22nd "Yerevan Perspectives"...
Georgian ex-president says he will fly home despite jail threat
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, late on Monday announced plans to fly home on the day local elections are held this week...
PACE resolution contains reference to the concept of demilitarized border zone proposed by the Ombudsman
The PACE resolution that was adopted yesterday includes the proposal of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia to create a demilitarized zone...
Armenia records 772 new Covid-19 cases on Sept. 28
Armenia has confirmed 772 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 259,779 as of 11 a.m. Monday, September 27, the...
Russian peacekeepers in Artsakh conducted an objective control of the situation using the Orlan-10 UAV
Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conducted an objective control of the situation in the area of responsibility using Orlan-10...
September 28 is International Day for universal access to information
September 28. "Freedom of information is the key to security, corruption–free governance, and the well-being of the people. Freedom...
UN Secretary-General welcomes Minsk Group’s Statement on resumed direct engagement between Armenian, Azerbaijan FMs
The Secretary-General welcomes the statement by the Co‑Chairs of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Minsk Group of...
UN to continue caring for families and people displaced from Artsakh
The UN in Armenia joins the country today in commemorating all who have lost their lives in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to the...
Armenian figure skaters qualified for the Olympics
International senior-level figure skating competition completed at German Oberstdorf for pair skating event, the National Olympic Committee...
Turkey deploys troops to Syria's Idlib for potential ground operation
The Turkish military has deployed more troops on the M4 highway south of northwestern Syria's opposition-held Idlib and is prepared for any...
Armenian film removed from festival program due to threats from Azerbaijanis
Armenian documentary "Unfinished Memories" directed by Armen Khachatryan (co-production Hayk Documentary Film Studio and Margins Media...
France will spare no effort to resume dialogue between the conflicting sides - Embassy
The French Embassy in Yerevan observed a minute's silence at 11am on Monday honoring the memory of the victims of the last year's bloody...
Minute's silence observed in Artsakh
A minute's silence was observed in Artsakh on September 27, at 11am, paying tribute to the victims of the 44-day war unleashed by Azerbaijan...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}