ARF Condemns Idea of Karabakh Concessions

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The ARF does not see any reasons for holding early parliamentary or presidential elections," Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia Chairman Hrant Markarian said at the National Press Club on November 25.

Markarian stressed that the ARF was against the very idea of discussing holding early parliamentary elections–because it did not contribute to the establishment of stability in the country–or restoration of mutual confidence among political forces–which is the most important task for Armenia at the given stage.

Noting that the president–the prime minister and the political forces succeeded in lessening political tensions in society through combined efforts–Margarian observed that–nevertheless–"some forces appear to be interested in the creation of an atmosphere of suspicion in regards to one force or another."

Markarian suggested that Nairi Hunanian’s telephone call to him was probably a deliberate action aimed at misleading the investigation. He expressed fear that "at present the same attempts to mislead the investigation are continuing so as to cast suspicion on as many people as possible."

"Investigators are supposed to doubt everything–to turn everything into a matter of investigation–however–Armenia will not benefit from these suspicions going beyond the limits of investigation and spreading in society," said the ARF official.

Markarian also said that the Unity alliance founded by the two slain leaders was still popular enough to win another election. "I have no evidence to claim that in case of fresh elections the outcome will not be the same. And I see no reason for holding them," Markarian told reporters.

"I don’t know if the very fact of raising the issue of fresh elections will help maintain [political] stability or–on the contrary–will destabilize the situation. We don’t share [the former] view," he said.

Speaking of the Karabakh settlement–Hrant Markarian confirmed his party’s stance. "The ARF will fully oppose any attempt to cede any of the liberated territories. Only after the de jure and de facto unification of Armenia and Karabakh will we consider it possible to speak of concessions," the ARF representative concluded.

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