President Meets with Leaders of Parliament Parties Welcomes Dialogue

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Robert Kocharian welcomed the ruling coalition’s initiative to begin dialogue with the opposition without any preliminary conditions on both sides.

Kocharian met with the leaders of the ruling coalition and representatives of the United Labor Party (ULP)–and People’s Deputy parliamentary factions to discuss the situation in the country.

The Republican party was represented by Prime Minister Andranik Margarian and National Assembly Vice-speaker Tigran Torosian; the Orinats Yerkir by Parliament Speaker Arthur Baghdasarian and Mher Shahgeldian; the ARF by Levon Mkrtchian and Armen Rustamian; the People’s Deputy by Karen Karapetian; and the ULP by Gurgen Arsenian.

Vice Speaker Tigran Torosian–said the having assessed the domestic political situation in the country–the president proposes a range of measures to ease the tension. The participants agreed that the possibility of dialogue had not yet been ruled out.

Torosian reiterated the ruling coalition’s willingness for dialogue with the opposition–adding that initiating the meeting should serve as concrete evidence. He expressed confidence that the opinions on both sides would coincide on vital issues as long as it occurs at a negotiation table. Torosian added that the opposition’s all-or-nothing position calling for the president’s resignation–is already not constructive.

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