US Ambassador Proclaims International Interest in Election

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Parliament Speaker Khosrov Harutiunian received US Ambassador to Armenia Peter Tomsen Wednesday.

During the meeting the two discussed possible legislative regulation regarding the upcoming presidential election. Harutiunian voiced regret over the fact that the political forces represented in the parliament rejected the government’s legislative initiative to allow for local monitors. According to Harutiunian–political consultations with deputy groups showed that with the exception of Communist Party and Self-Determination Union–all others agreed to proceed with the upcoming election without legislative changes. The parliament speaker voiced confidence that the problem of local observers will be corrected in the new election law.

Tomsen noted that the governmen’s of the United States and OSCE member-states show extreme interest toward the presidential election in Armenia and hope that the polls will be free and fair.

Harutiunian noted that the result of the election is first of all important for the Armenian people and the authorities and political forces will approach the polls with that responsibility.

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