Defense Minister Declines Comment On State Dept. Statement

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On June 18–Armenia’s Defense Minister and Presidential National Security Council Secretary Serge Sargsian declined to comment on the statement issued by the official representative of the US Department of State Philip Ricker. According to a report published by the Armenian press the same day–Ricker–in particular–stated that the United States recognizes Nagorno Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. "I see no solution other than our declared three principles," Serge Sargsian stated. When asked if the statement was unexpected–the defense minister said he does not think that it can be decisive.

Journalists also asked Serge Sargsian to comment on talk that he had allegedly intervened in the events at the latest three-day session of the National Assembly. The minister ascribed similar talk to passions typical of a pre-election period. According to him–it is a fiction by some mass media and forces seeking power.

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