In an exclusive interview with "Yerkir Media TV", the RA President Armen Sargsyan referred to the Lanzarote Convention ratified by the National Assembly and his further actions in this regard.
"It's a sensitive issue because it concerns children, their protection, their education, it has certain nuances. The convention was signed by 47 countries and ratified by 45 countries, from Russia to European countries. Our neighboring countries have also ratified this. Azerbaijan has ratified the document with three objections which I think will be in the focus of our Foreign Ministry", Sargsyan said.
He noted that different countries adopt different approaches after the ratifying the convention. "There are countries that say - since the convention clearly states that the educational part must be acceptable to the parents, then let's hand over the educational part to the parents or implement it with their participation. So the possibilities are different. I don't know which way we are going, this is a concern for me",
As for the law, any law that is put on the table of the President, the President can sign or send to the Constitutional Court within 21 days. "The Constitutional Court has already said that it does not see any constitutional contradictions, therefore the president has only one choice left - to sign it. Even if the President does not sign, it can be signed by the Speaker of the National Assembly. Therefore, whether I sign or not is not crucial", said President Sargsyan.
"I hope that the discussions on the convention will be the beginning, not the end of the public debate", he stated.