The look at the back is unacceptable for the Armed Forces, Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia noted, introducing the newly appointed Chief of the General Staff to senior officers’ staff.
He stated that the mission of the Chief of the General Staff is not easy since Armenia is currently facing hard times, and the problems are more than serious.
The Armed Forces must be an apolitical structure, the Prime Minister said. Pashinyan reminded that Artak Davtyan was set such a task in 2018, when he was first nominated for the post of Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister assured Davtyan fulfilled that task.
“We had snap Parliamentary elections in 2018, and there was no alarm, no case showing that the Armed Forces had been politically influenced or involved in political processes. This is very important and I am quite sure that we will have a similar situation in the future. I want to repeat once again that the events taking place since February are understandable in many parameters. I want to mention, to assure that it has left no human, political trace in me. I just must ask that we have to agree that we should keep the de-politicization of the Armed Forces, the principle of being apolitical in the future. I am not the one who needs it, not a concrete person or a group needs it. It is an important principle, which the Armed Forces need the first,” Pashinyan said.
Reforms, increasing everyone's trust in the army and our security system needed for implementation in the Armed Forces.
“We will follow the instructions, and I am sure that the Armed Forces will not take part in any political process that is not provided by the Constitution or the laws,” said Artak Davtyan, Chief of the General Staff of RA Armed Forces.
Both the Prime Minister and the newly appointed Chief of General Staff thanked the former Chief of General Staff and the command staff for their services in the difficult period.