Unity Bloc Deman’s Kocharian Aide’s Sacking

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–In an announcement read during a press conference Friday evening–the ruling Unity bloc called on President Robert Kocharian to immediately fire his advisor on national security Serge Sarkisian and the director of the Armenian State Television Tigran Naghdalian–asserting that the latter two are jeopardizing the investigation into the Oct. 27 parliament shooting.

Present at the press conference were prime minister Aram Sargsyan–Armenian Republican Party chairman Andranik Markarian–Armenian People’s Party acting chairman Stepan Demirchian–Armenia’s prosecutor general Boris Nazarian and the military prosecutor general Gagik Dzhahangirian.

"During the past several day–deliberate efforts are–once again–being undertaken to mount tensions within the investigation process into the Oct. 27 tragedy. Several media outlets are using obvious pressures on the investigators and their leader–in order to sway public opinion and the relatives of the victims [of the Oct. 27 tragedy]," the announcement asserted.

"The Unity Bloc finds unacceptable that the lead for this condemnable act has been taken by the national television which works directly under the president’s leadership–despite previous warnings," continued the announcement.

The Unity bloc added that the resumption such propaganda tactics will give way to renewed tensions and would deepen the people’s mistrust in governmental institutions and high-ranking officials. Thus–the bloc condemned the organization of such efforts and called on all political forces and mass media outlets to not hinder the investigative team’s legal processes.

The Unity bloc demanded from the president–"to immediately secure normal condition for the governmental bodies to investigate the Oct. 27 coup attempt; and to immediately fire the presidential chief of staff and advisor on national security issues–Serge Sarkisian and the director of Armenian National Television Tigran Naghdalian."

The announcement was signed by the chairmen of the Republican and People’s party–which make up the Unity bloc.

In remarks to the conference–prime minister Sargsyan said that he was speaking not just as prime minister but also as a victim–adding that his and slain parliament speaker Karen Demirchian’s family have complete faith in the investigative process.

"I don’t see why the military prosecutor should weave tales in order to come to a solution to this matter," said the prime minister.

Sargsyan asserted that both families would like to find the real culprits of the Oct. 27 crime.

People’s Party of Armenia acting chairman–Karen Demirchian’s son–Stepan–echoed Sargsyan’s sentimen’s and added that "it is evident that we have the most vested interest in the revelations of the investigation–but we do realize that the process is difficult and requires a lot of time. We have no other choice but to wait."

Demirchian found obstacles for the investigation team unacceptable.

In his remarks–prosecutor general Nazarian said that while the investigation is being led by the military prosecutor’s office–his office is responsible for ensuring that the investigation is carried out within the rule of law. Allegations that the investigators are using illegal means is baseless–said Nazarian.

Military prosecutor Dzhahangirian said that utilizing the state television airwaves to create obstacles for the investigating team should be condemned.

"It is unnatural for one entity of the government to be doing one thing and another to be mounting an opposing propaganda campaign," said Dzhahangirian.

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