Lokian Discusses Current Situation at Conference

GLENDALE–Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary bloc chairman Davit Lokian–held a press conference Tuesday at the Peschekerian Center–at which time he presented an extensive overview of the current political situation in Armenia.

From the onset–Lokian went on the premise that issues concerning Armenia must become pan-Armenian matter. "Do not ask ‘why haven’t you done this?’ but rather ask ‘why haven’t we done this?’" said Lokian.

In presenting overview of events in Armenia during the past year–Lokian’s focus went on last May’s parliamentary elections and the tragic events of Oct. 27th which brought to a stand still the results gained from the aforementioned vote.

Lokian said that following the Oct. 27th events–the people of Armenia to lose faith in the government–adding that the events have also weakened Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process–because Armenia has had to devote much energy on resolving its own internal matters.

This–Lokian said–does not mean that Armenia has lost a so-called upper hand at the negotiating table–but rather–Armenia has to expand its resources in stabilizing its own internal situation.

In responding to questions from the more that 50 press and academic representatives–Lokian stated that in comparison to other CIS nations–Armenia enjoys a more stable situation. He added that Armenia had an army of 100,000 and enjoys friendly relations with Russia and its current leader Vladimir Putin.

Lokian explained that the ARF supported and continues to support president Robert Kocharian–because he was the only leader to emerge with a national approach to domestic and foreign policy.

"He included the Genocide as a priority," the leader expressed.

The ARF leader also discussed the current shadow economy–which makes up 40 percent of Armenia’s current situation. In his assessment–some of these illegal ventures are being undertaken by various individuals involved in the government.

This issue–he said–was difficult to resolve–but a quick approach to this problem was needed.

In conclusion he called on the Diaspora to make business investmen’s to improve Armenia’s economic stagnation. Those investmen’s–he said–must not stem from a humanitarian assistance standpoint–but rather–they must be true profit bearing ventures–which would ultimately enhance Armenia’s economic capabilities.

He added that what Armenia needed at this juncture were healthy and long-term investmen’s–which would infuse much-needed resources into its weak economy. Such investmen’s–he explained–would incremantally improve the business climate and would end what is knows as the shadow economy.

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