The National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia, considering the three proposed changes, unanimously voted in favor of Artsakh’s autonomy within the state of Western Armenia on wednesday, February 24, 2021.
This bill was introduced on February 3, 2021 after the actual recognition of the Artsakh Government on December 1, 2020 by the Government of Western Armenia.
The proposal of this law, when ratified by the President of the Republic of Western Armenia, will be submitted to the Constitutional Council for inclusion in the National Constitution of Western Armenia.
The proposed amendments submitted by MPs Sam Tilbyan, Guillermo Karamanyan (lawyer) and Hakob Hakobyan defended the proposed amendments were the subject of three weeks of discussion between the deputies.
Taking into account the conclusions of the parliamentary debate, the bill submitted below was unanimously adopted by one of the deputies present.
According to Article 76 of the National Constitution of the Republic of Western Armenia, the President of the Republic has 21 days to sign and publish the law adopted by the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia.
On February 25,2021, on the birthday of General Andranik Ozanyan, the President of the Republic of Western Armenia signed and published this law, which will be submitted to the Constitutional Council.
Taking into account the following provisions (principles):
1) Articles 1st and 55th of the Charter of the United Nations.
2) Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
3) The rights of the Armenians of Western Armenia (declarations).
4) The Constitution of the Republic of Western Armenia.
Taking into account the special factual-legal position of Artsakh on February 4, 2011 at the time of the formation of the Government of Western Armenia, as it is currently, the National Assembly of Western Armenia is adopting the following legislative acts:
Article 1. – The territory of Artsakh is an integral part of the territory of Western Armenia (Armenia), according to the de facto state of Armenia of January 19, 1920 and on May 11, 1920 de jure recognized state of Armenia.
Article 2. – The Armenian people of Artsakh are an inseparable component of the indigenous Armenian people of Western Armenia, so they have the right to apply for citizenship of Western Armenia.
Article 3. The Republic of Western Armenia, in fact, recognizes the Government of the Armenian people of Artsakh as a result of the realization of the right to self-determination.
Article 4. – The Republic of Western Armenia recognizes the autonomy of Artsakh, declared by the Armenian people of Artsakh with its right to self-determination, respecting the territorial integrity of Western Armenia since 1920.
Article 5. – After ratification of this law, it will be included in the Constitution of the Republic of Western Armenia.
Article 6. – After ratification, this law shall be published in the Official Newsletter of the Republic of Western Armenia.
The President, the members of the Government and the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia considered the adoption of this law for historical Artsakh.