Hovanessian Discusses Karabakh in Paris

PARIS (Noyan Tapan)–In a meeting last Wednesday with leaders of the French-Armenian at the Armenian Embassy in Paris–Armenian presidential advisor and Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia chairman Vahan Hovanessian discussed recent foreign policy issues regarding the Karabakh conflict.

Hovanessian was in Paris–following a trip to Geneva–where he and other ARF leaders represented the party at the Socialist International Congress–where the ARF is a member.

He told his audience that key issues pertaining to Armenia’s foreign policy were discussed and raised by the ARF delegation at the SI Congress.

Hovanessian said that due to the peaceful transfer of power in Armenia–a healthy moral atmosphere had been created in the country–where there no longer were banned organizations and newspapers–adding that all political disagreemen’s were resolved calmly.

The presidential advisor said that the new leadership was being guided by the principle of "One nation. One homeland," which have prompted a change in several laws. He assured the audience that a constitutional reform committee was actively pursuing the changes–which would also benefit Armenia-Diaspora relations.

In responding to questions–Hovanessian stressed that currently Armenia was not pursuing the demand for complete Karabakh independence–but rather was emphasizing that Karabakh does not remain under Azeri rule–as proposed by Azerbaijan.

According to Hovanessian–there does not exist an Armenian which does not know that Armenia’s ultimate goal is to reunite Karabakh with Armenia. But–he stated that on the road to realizing that goal other means must be utilized.

In conclusion–Hovanessian discussed ARF relations with the leadership.

"Our only connection with our sympathizers is through public gatherings–since we do not have a bloc in parliament. We are with the leadership–but we do not rule [the country]. We do not always view matters similarly with the president–since because of his position–the president is more careful in his approaches," concluded Hovanessian.

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