Kocharian Meets With ARF Delegation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian met with representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau and Executive Council of Armenia Friday. Present at the meeting were ARF Bureau political council representative Vahan Hovanessian–Executive Council of Armenia chairman Armen Rustamian and chairman of the ARF parliamentary bloc Davit Lokian.

The presidential press service reported that meeting mainly focused on Armenia’s internal political situation–as well as the socio-economic conditions in the country.

The ARF representatives presented the party’s perspectives on the matters.

President Kocharian met with heads of parliamentary factions on March 17 to discuss issues of internal politics–the country’s social and economic situation and methods to improve the economy.

The sides shared their concerns–presenting their approaches to the existing problems. They were unanimous in their opinion that first the situation should be properly assessed and then ways to overcome the difficulties should be determined.

The president and the parliamentarians are also reported to have discussed issues related to state administration. The specification of powers and responsibilities of the government bodies was singled out as a priority task. Kocharian stressed that the law regarding civil servants must become the core of reforms in government services. Kocharian called for early development and passage of a bill dealing with government reform.

The sides also exchanged views on other vital problems. Commenting on his recent decree pertaining to the military sphere–the president observed that he had simply exercised the powers vested in him by the Constitution.

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