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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of November 21, 2001 No. ZR-249

About diplomatic service

(as amended on 22-12-2023)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on October 24, 2001

New edition

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of the Law

1. This Law establishes features of the organization and activities of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia as separate type of public service, including procedures for revenues to service and the terminations of service, job developments, assignments of diplomatic ranks, the status of persons performing diplomatic service, social guarantees of these persons and members of their families during service and after it, the principles of financing of bodies of diplomatic service, and also are governed the other relations connected with diplomatic service.

2. The relations connected with the organization of civil service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, classification and replenishment of positions, assessment of sense of duty, retraining, legal status, dismissal and the termination of service of civil servants and also other relations connected with civil service are regulated by the Law "About Civil Service".

3. The relations connected with diplomatic service and also other relations connected with civil service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia are regulated by the Law "About Public Service" and the Labor code of the Republic of Armenia if features are not established by this Law.

Article 2. Law coverage

1. This Law extends to bodies of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia and persons holding positions of diplomatic service (further - the diplomat).

2. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 29.06.2022 No. ZR-256

3. In acceptance cases for work in administrative and technical or service personnel of diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia in foreign states of the foreign citizens or stateless persons who are considered as permanent residents of this state also relevant requirements of the legislation of this state, and also the international agreements of the Republic of Armenia signed with this state are considered.

Article 3. Diplomatic service

1. The diplomatic service is professional activity which in bodies of diplomatic service is performed by diplomats for the purpose of the solution of tasks and implementation of the functions assigned to these bodies by this Law and other legal acts.

2. The diplomatic service is component of public service.

Article 4. Tasks of diplomatic service

1. Tasks of diplomatic service are: implementation of foreign policy of the Republic of Armenia for the purpose of adjustment of good-neighbourhood, mutually beneficial relations with all states on the basis of international law, proper and consecutive representation of interests and the rights of the Republic of Armenia in the international relations, protection of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens and legal entities of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 5. Bodies of diplomatic service

1. Bodies of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia are:

1) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia;

2) body subordinated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia;

3) the bodies of diplomatic service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia operating in foreign states:

and. Embassies of the Republic of Armenia;

. permanent missions of the Republic of Armenia in the international organizations;

century consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia.

2. The bodies of diplomatic service specified regarding 1 this Article constitute system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 6. Legislation on diplomatic service

1. The diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia is regulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, this Law, international treaties of the Republic of Armenia and other legal acts.

2. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 29.06.2022 No. ZR-256

3. If the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Armenia establish other regulations than provided by this Law, then regulations of these agreements are applied.

Chapter 2. Activities of bodies of diplomatic service

Article 7. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is authorized body of system of public administration which develops and performs foreign policy of the Government within the powers assigned to it by this Law and other laws.

Article 8. Management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

1. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia directs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

2. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is appointed according to the procedure, established by the Constitution for appointment of members of the government.

3. The order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia coordination of certain spheres of foreign policy, functions and activities of the structural divisions providing them, subordinated state body can be assigned to the minister, and also to the deputy minister.

4. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 22.12.2023 No. ZR-405

5. The deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Armenia acts owing to the powers delegated from the head of state body and coordinates works (activities) in the sphere charged to it.

6. Powers of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and his deputy are established by the laws, and the questions connected with their implementation are established by the charter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Article 9. Secretary general and his deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

1. The position of the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is position of civil service. The secretary general performs the powers assigned to the secretary general of state body, established by the laws of the Republic of Armenia.

2. Voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 22.12.2023 No. ZR-405

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