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The militia in Armenia will comprise reserve officers who are from different territories and who will express the desire to join the militia. This is what Deputy Minister of Defense of Armenia Gabriel Balayan declared during a discussion on the package of bills on making amendments to the Law on Defense and to related laws held as part of today’s special session of the National Assembly.

According to him, in case of military operations or threat of the latter, the detachments of the militia will assist the army in implementing military operations, defending the border and fighting against the enemy’s terrorist, reconnaissance or sabotage groups. The reserve officers of the militia will also take part in keeping major roads armed and in civil defense.

“Joining the militia will be exclusively voluntary. Moreover, militiamen must not be soldiers, police officers, rescuers and other employees of power structures since militiamen will have certain duties during a war.

Simultaneously militiamen will undergo training during drafting. The brigades and battalions of the militia will be created according to territories. The plans for preparation and use of the militia will be approved under the orders of the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.

With 71 votes “in favor”, the deputies of the National Assembly unanimously approved the package of bills on making amendments to the Law on Defense and related laws.

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