ARF Accuses Deputies of Impeding Reforms

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s supporters in Parliament are trying to prove that the former president was right when he claimed that if Armenia does not make concessions in the Karabakh issue–no investmen’s would be made in the country–presidential advisor–representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia Vahan Hovanessian said at a briefing late last week.

He added that the circles from which financial investmen’s can be expected to have confidence in the current authorities–but some deputies are trying to interfere with this process.

At the same time Hovanessian pointed out that the president should set up a committee to study the entire privatization process in Armenia. "This tangle should be unwound," he said. Pointing out that it is only economists who can estimate the Brandy Factory sale–Hovhannissian added that "it is not the seller–but the buyer who determines the price of goods." He doesn’t share the opinion that brandy is of great national value.

The presidential advisor didn’t share the opinion that after Ter-Petrosyan’s resignation–no changes in Armenia’s policy have been observed.

"Of course–there are changes; maybe they are not so rapid as I would like them to be–but the speech Armenian president made in the UN as well as Armenia’s new position on the Karabakh issue testify to them," the representative of the ARF Executive Council of Armenia’said. At the same time Hovanessian expressed regret that political reforms in the country are very slow. According to him–the same members of Parliament who are "trying to take revenge" at any price are currently impeding these reforms.

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