Gabrielian Says No Grounds for Power Change

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The blow delivered on the Armenian statehood on October 27 was so strong that there was no chance to avoid political shocks," presidential spokesperson Vahe Gabrielian told a news conference Wednesday. Noting that the political atmosphere in Armenia is tense–Gabrielian stressed that "if everyone does whatever he must do–tensions will be relieved."

Commenting on some reactions calling for the president’s resignation–Gabrielian said that he sees no grounds for the power change.

Commenting on the arrest of deputy chief of the Armenian National Television Haroutiun Haroutiunian–Gabrielian noted that the president was away from the country at the time. But Gabrielian stressed that the president is well aware of the course of investigation into the October 27 terrorist act. "The commen’s by ‘Haylour’ [a news program on National TV] were more than emotional and biased," the presidential spokesman’said.

Gabrielian announced that on January 17 Robert Kocharian will leave for Israel–while in late January he will participate in two major international fora–the CIS summit and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Gabrielian also said that the Russian side had proposed a meeting of Armenian and Azeri presidents under the umbrella of the CIS summit. According to him–the Armenian side agreed to that proposal. Vahe Gabrielian also added that acting president of Russia–prime minister Vladimir Putin is likely to attend that meeting.

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