10 000 Attend National Accord Alliance Rally

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The newly formed National Accord Alliance–a grouping of seven opposition parties and more than 20 social and political organizations–held its first rally Friday at Liberty Square–where more than 10,000 gathered to hear the alliance articulate its platform.

Vazgen Manoukian of the National Democratic Union–Hrant Khatchatrian of the Constitutional Rights Union–Aram Sargsyan of the Democratic party of Armenia–Vartan Zournachian of the National Reform party and other leaders took turns to address the crowd–conveying that the Alliance’s success depended on the activism and participation of a broad based segment of the society.

The Alliance speakers stressed that if Armenia’s authorities adhere to the opposition’s request for new elections–the group would take part only if fair and free election guarantees were made during talks and dialogue with the leadership.

The leaders emphasized the importance of the people’s monitoring of the leadership–in the name of future elections and the perseverance of democratic norms in Armenia.

The Alliance criticized the authorities for continued illegal criminal trials–the socio-political conditions in Armenia and for taking the nation into a socio-economic gridlock.

Rouben Hakopian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation told the crowd that the ARF Bureau representatives had not met with Levon Ter-Petrosyan as indicated by the state mouthpiece the Armenpress news agency following series of meetings between the ARF leaders and various high-level government officials.

Hakopian stated that several officials had suggested mediation for a meeting with Ter-Petrosyan–but the ARF leaders had refused.

Ter-Petrosyan’s spokespeople refuted Hakopian’s statement.

Another Alliance rally is scheduled for April 18.

The grouping of seven opposition political parties in Armenia–representing a broad spectrum of political forces came together Saturday to form the National Accord Alliance which replaced the National Alliance–formed during the presidential election campaign.

The National Accord Alliance will work under one umbrella with the aim of bringing about change in the socio-economic and political life of Armenia through democratic and legal means.


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