Former president Serzh Sargsyan attends parliamentary commission’s meeting on 2016 April war

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YEREVAN, April 17. /ARKA/. Former Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan ousted from power by a popular uprising in 2018 April, arrived today at the National Assembly to answer a string of questions of a parliamentary commission investigating the so-called ‘four-day war’ in April 2016.

Sargsyan told reporters that he himself was interested in participating in the hearing of the commission in order to answer all questions of parliamentarians and close this topic that has given rise to many speculations.

“I have nothing to hide and the time has come to answer all the questions. Based on this, I suggested that the commission hold the meeting after the end of the state of emergency. The meeting was scheduled for April 16, but then the state of emergency was extended,” he said.

Armenia declared a 30-day state of emergency on March 16 to curb the spread of coronavirus. The government also imposed stringent restrictions on the movement of people and banned also some types of businesses. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month, reopening also some businesses.
Sargsyan promised to call a press conference and answer all the questions of reporters after the end of the state of emergency.

On May 20, 2019, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said it was time for a parliamentary investigation into the causes of the April 2016 war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). On May 31, 2019, the National Assembly Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan announced the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate the causes of the short war. The powers of the commission are exercised by the parliamentary commission on defense and security affairs.

In the early hours of April 2, 2016 Azerbaijan, in gross violation of the agreements launched a large-scale offensive along the entire Line of Contact between the armed forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, using heavy weaponry, artillery and combat aircraft. Only thanks to the decisive actions of the Defense Army, which gave a fitting rebuff, on April 5, Azerbaijan was forced to ask, as in 1994, through the mediation of the Russian Federation for the cessation of the hostilities. It has been generally maintained, despite the recurrent violations by the Azerbaijani side.

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