Ruling Coalition Issues Statement about Cooperation

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The parties that make up Armenia’s ruling coalition–Republican Party of Armenia–Armenian Revolutionary Federation–and the Orinats Yerkir Party–issued a statement on Monday saying that they will continue to work together until the start of parliamentary elections in 2007.

According to the statement–the ruling coalition considers the furthering of democracy–culture–and tradition a priority for Armenia.

One of the coalition’s key goals was accomplished in November 2005 with the passing of the constitutional reforms package. The passage of the referendum has "created new opportunities for enhancing democracy and further development of the country" says the statement.

Until the parliamentary elections of 2007–the coalition plans to further reforms and ease any tensions that could arise prior to elections. They also want to ensure that the upcoming elections allow for "respect for each other’s positions and agreemen’s–as well as civilized discussion of issues."

The statement says: "We also call on our colleagues of parliamentary and non-parliamentary political parties to engage in such civilized cooperation to make sure that the 2007 parliamentary election and fundamental reforms that are based on the amended constitution are conducted in line with the international standards."

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