February 24
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YEREVAN. – Consultations are still in progress with respect to replacing secretary general Yuri Khachaturov of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Thursday told about the abovementioned to reporters, at the government building.

And when asked whether Armenia could to be deprived of the right to nominate its representative as the next CSTO chief, Mnatsakanyan gave the same response: “The consultations are continuing.”

Incumbent CSTO Secretary General and Armenia’s former Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Khachaturov has been charged in Armenia within the framework of the criminal case into the tragic events that transpired in capital city Yerevan on March 1 and 2, 2008—and under Article 300.1 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code; that is, breaching Armenia’s constitutional order, in conspiracy with others. On July 27, however, Khachaturov was released on bail; and on August 4, he returned to Moscow to his duties as CSTO Secretary General.

On March 1 and 2, 2008, the then authorities used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the recent presidential election. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.

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