Oct. 27 Criminals Should Be Executed Says Premier

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Prime Minister Andranik Markarian said that the terrorists who shot eight government officials in 1999 parliamentary attack must be executed.

Speaking to local authorities in the Armenian province of Syunik during a weekend visit to the region–the prime minister said that the majority of political forces in the parliament–including himself and the Republican party believe that the perpetrators must be executed. He said–"To decide on it the parliament may pass a special law."

Markarian also described as "absurd" those assertions that the authorities do not want the perpetrators to get their deserved punishment in line with the acting legislation. He also said that Armenia’s commitmen’s towards the Council of Europe should not be opposed to the share of punishment for that crime.

"The idea that everyone who raises hand at the state must be punished should take deep roots in our psychology," Markarian said–adding that the president of the republic and the government believe that the terrorists must get the deserved punishment.

During his visit to Meghri–Markarian commented on the parliament saying–"The parliament is working rather well–and the events taking place there are the result of a natural political development." He also pointed out that the parliament’s working style is still the same–and no suspicious changes have been witnessed.

According to Markarian–if there are deputies who are eager for the parliament’s dismissal–without taking into account the desperate conditions of the country and its economy–as well as the negative influence of their intentions on the parliament’s legislative works–it is the matter of their own conscience. "Holding of preliminary elections will hamper development of the economy," the prime minister said.

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