Unity ARF Blocs Meet to Discuss

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The parliamentary bloc members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–the Armenian Republican Party and the People’s Party of Armenia met Wednesday to discuss domestic and foreign policy issues.

The meeting concluded that the economic situation in Armenia had reached a crisis level and the new government and parliament had to shoulder the burden and confront huge obstacles in addressing issues of trade–industry–development–foreign investment–taxation and the establishment of order in the country.

ARF parliamentary bloc leader and the chairman of the National Assembly commission on defense and national security Vahan Hovanessian praised the meeting–saying "we commend the Parliament Speaker’s and Prime Minister’s programs which aim to bring together all political forces in the country. We are certain that cooperation will persevere–if the issues discussed today [at the meeting] begin to be implemented."

Hovanessian said that the spectrum of cooperation with the Unity bloc was great.

The ARF leader stated that the party planned to hold similar meetings with other parties–including those which are not represented in parliament.

ARF parliamentary bloc member Armen Rustamian said that the ARF has its own principles and no one can accuse the party of becoming too involved in the government. If the policies of the government are in line with those of the ARF–the party will work to bring those issues to fruition.


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