Armenia’s Ruling Coalition Issues Statement

Parliament faction leaders of the three political parties comprising Armenia’s coalition government released a joint statement on Friday that was presented to parliament by Levon Mkrtchian (ARF)–Galust Sahakian (Republican)–and Samvel Balasanian (Orinats Yerkir).

The following is the full text of that statement:

Exploiting the unresolved socioeconomic problems of the population–statemen’s and calls are currently being made to provoke popular unrest and change of power.

The political coalition has never claimed that the Republic is void of problems–including social ones. The issue has become more and more visible during coalition representative visits to regions of the country. Moreover–the awareness of collective responsibility and the will to resolve these issues are the basis for the coalition’s existence.

Thus–the political coalition–formed as a result of parliamentary election–declares:

The coalition–having ardently analyzed the situation in the period following the parliamentary election–has adopted a comprehensive approach to finding fundamental solutions to existing problems and ensuring a development program for the country;

Realistic programs have been created to ensure the country’s stability;

The coalition is determined and consistent in solving the problems facing the country–and 2004 will be a decisive year for delivering on pre-election promises;

The government is formed by means of elections–not during the period between elections. Any attempt to draw the country into fresh electoral processes could imperil the security of our state which is faced with numerous challenges;

The political forces of the coalition are united and resolute in achieving the goals of our Memorandum–to improve the social conditions of the people–overcome poverty–and fight corruption.

The coalition is confident that fulfillment of its programs will introduce visible benefits to each citizen;

The coalition declares that attempts to violate the country’s constitutional law and order must be prevented with a resolute and adequate reaction from competent bodies.

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