Armenia has offered to begin the process of replacing the Secretary General of CSTO

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in potencjalny CSTO Secretary Yuri Khachaturov. Archival photoArmenia has offered to begin the process of replacing the Secretary General of CSTO© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codiscovered the image Bank

Armenia suggested the CSTO countries to start the process of replacing the Secretary General of the organization, said on Saturday the press Secretary of the Armenian foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan.

Earlier, the Special investigative service indicted the CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov in the overthrow of the constitutional order in the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008. His lawyer said that Hachaturova has not explained the nature and basis of the accusation against him in the overthrow of the constitutional order. Before the court in Yerevan Khachaturov was released on bail.

«This is strictly a legal process, under investigation in Armenia, a criminal case brought by the citizen of Armenia. At the same time, given that we are talking about the current Secretary General of the CSTO and giving great importance to ensure the credibility and smooth operation of the organization, the States-CSTO partners proposed to start the process of changing the Secretary General of CSTO,» — said in published on the page of the foreign Ministry in Facebook response, Balayan to a question of Tert.am.

He added that Armenia strictly follows the obligations under the consolidation and strengthening of the CSTO and will continue to actively participate in joint operations carried out in this direction.

Earlier, the former defense Minister of Armenia Mikael Harutyunyan was involved as accused and is wanted in a criminal case initiated on the article «the overthrow of the constitutional order» in connection with the dispersal of protests in March 2008. The head of the Special investigation service reported that Harutyunyan is outside of the country. Khachaturov, who served in 2008, the Armenian armed forces, on Thursday was questioned as a witness.

The Armenian opposition led by first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who ran in the presidential elections of 19 February 2008 and have lost to Serzh Sargsyan, then held in the center of Yerevan rallies, expressing dissatisfaction with the official results of the vote. The protests on March 1-2 resulted in riots and clashes of protesters with police, in which ten people were killed and about 200 were injured.

In 2008, the current Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian was a member of the election headquarters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan and one of the active participants of the protests. He was declared wanted by law enforcement agencies and in the summer of 2009 surrendered to the authorities. The court of the administrative districts of the Center and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan on January 19, 2010 Nikol Pashinian was sentenced to seven years in prison for organizing a group of individuals of the riots. However, in may 2011 he was released under an Amnesty.

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