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There is a need to organize defense and relay on the 520 km border and solve other issues, and for that it is necessary to maintain martial law. This is what deputy of the ruling My Step bloc of the National Assembly of Armenia Aren Mkrtchyan said during today’s discussion on the bill on lifting martial law held as part of the special parliamentary session.

According to the MP, the parliament has already developed a package of bills and submitted it to the government for consideration.

In her turn, First Deputy Minister of Health Anahit Avanesyan presented the government’s stance and stated that the government is carrying out measures during martial law that concern not only the army, but also the economy, healthcare and local self-governance. According to her, martial law has to remain in effect and has to be lifted in stages.

“Over the past two months, Armenia has provided high-level medical and material assistance to wounded servicemen and peaceful civilians. The decision on martial law provided the opportunity to ensure full support and exempted people from paying taxes and customs duties,” the minister said and added that even though the government is considering bills that will ensure unimpeded provision of assistance after martial law is lifted, it is also ready to consider the phased lifting of martial law.

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