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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of November 21, 2001 No. ZR-249

About diplomatic service

(The last edition from 28-12-2013)

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

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of the Law

This Law governs the relations connected with the principles of the organization of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia, management of it, passings and the terminations of such service, job development, assignment of diplomatic ranks, establishments of legal status of persons performing diplomatic service with social guarantees of these persons and members of their families during and after service, financing of diplomatic service and also other relations connected with diplomatic service.

Article 2. Coverage of this Law

1. Operation of this Law extends to bodies of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia and to persons performing in them diplomatic service (further - the diplomat).

2. Operation of this Law does not extend to civil servants of bodies of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia, and also to persons performing the administrative and technical and serving functions according to the employment contract.

In case of employment of the foreign citizens or stateless persons who are considered constantly living in this state in the administrative and technical and serving staff of diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia in foreign states also relevant requirements of the legislation of this state, and also the international treaties of the Republic of Armenia signed with this state are considered.

Article 3. Diplomatic service

1. The diplomatic service is the professional activity performed in the bodies specified in article 5 of this Law for the purpose of the solution of tasks and implementation of the functions provided to these bodies by this Law and other legal acts.

The paragraph of the second part 1 of Article 3 voided according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia of 15.01.2011 No. ZR-28

2. The diplomatic service is component of public service.

Article 4. Tasks of diplomatic service

Tasks of diplomatic service are implementation of foreign policy of the Republic of Armenia, 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:

a) office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia,

b) the allocated divisions of the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia,

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

 - Embassies of the Republic of Armenia,

- permanent missions of the Republic of Armenia in the international organizations,

- consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia.

2. The bodies of diplomatic service specified in regarding 1 this Article form 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 and other legal acts of the Republic of Armenia.

2. Employment relationships of diplomats are governed by the labor law of the Republic of Armenia if the legislation on diplomatic service does not establish the features governing these relations.

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

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 republican executive body which under the common directorship of the President of the Republic of Armenia develops and performs policy of the Government of the Republic of Armenia in the sphere of foreign affairs, and also will organize diplomatic service and directs it within the powers conferred to it by this Law and other legal acts.

2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia heads bodies of diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia.

3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia coordinates activities of republican and territorial authorities of the executive authority in the sphere of the international relations and communications.

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