Kocharian Evaluates Government Performance

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A regular government session–chaired by president Robert Kocharian–was held Thursday.

Responding to reporters’ questions after the session–the president said that he considered the government’s activities to be satisfactory. "Despite all the problems–including wages and old-pensions arrears–there is also progress"–Kocharian stated.

Referring to the possible changes in the government–Kocharian answered in the affirmative adding that no major changes are expected. "The government will have to secure stable work during that process," he said dismissing simultaneously the rumors about replacing prime minister Andranik Markarian.

Responding to an expected re-distribution of forces in parliament Kocharian said that for efficient activity the government must have a majority in the parliament.

He also said that the political analysts’ predictions about a tough political autumn are somewhat exaggerated. "I think all developmen’s will occur within the reasonable frame of events. I think there are large opportunities for serious economic growth"–he said.

President Kocharian also dismissed reports alleging that the direct dialogue between him and his Azeri counterpart Haydar Aliyev over the regulation of the Karabakh conflict would not resume after the last private conversation between him and Aliyev in the Crimea.

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