Defense Minister US Ambassador Discuss Role of Army in Armenia’s Stability

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Vagharshak Haroutiunian received US Ambassador to Armenia Michael Lemmon at the latter’s request. The US Ambassador’s entourage included Deputy Ambassador Gfoeller and military attach Major Sigler.

During the meeting the sides discussed the October 27 tragic events and their aftermath–the position of the army on this issue and the role of the army in restoring constitutional order in the country.

The minister stressed that under the given circumstances the army has managed to fulfill its constitutional duties and promote further stability.

The ambassador positively assessed steps taken by the army and voiced readiness of the US government to render assistance in promoting democratic processes in Armenia.

Armenia’s Minister of Defense–Lieutenant-General Vagharshak Haroutiunian sent messages to National Assembly Chairman Armen Khachatrian and Prime Minister Aram Sargsyan:

"Dear sirs,

"The dirty and foul crime committed in the meeting hall of the National Assembly on October 27 was a challenge to our state and people.

"Your assumption of the posts of National Assembly Chairman and Prime Minister is regarded by the Ministry of Defense as a display of high civil duty and courage at this time of hardship. Be firm and resolute. We are convinced that as National Assembly Chairman and Prime Minister you will remain loyal to the goals and programs of your predecessors Karen Demirchian and Vazgen Sargsyan.

"We wish you success and all the best in the name of a stronger and more prosperous Armenia–in the name of Armenia’s growth and security."

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