ARF Negotiating for Fundamental Reforms

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia Representative Armen Rustamian Friday hinted at the possibility of closer cooperation the new coalition government if the party’s proposals for fundamental reforms are adopted.
Rustamian’s remarks came in response to statemen’s made by Sarkisian on Television earlier in the day that the ARF would be a part of the new coalition government.
Rustamian said that negotiations between the ARF and the government about implementing fundamental reforms to address the crucial issues facing the country have been going on for a long time.
But the results of these negotiations are usually made public in a joint statement and only after talks are over, he said.
"This is why Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s statement was surprising," Rustamian commented. "But I tend to take it as a good sign, which means that the priorities we have presented to him have been accepted."
"If our approaches are accepted we are ready for closer cooperation," Rustamian said.
Sarkisian said his new government would present its political program within the next ten days.
"I’m sure that the Government to be formed after April 9 will be able to implement serious changes and accelerate the country’s development," he said. "I cannot answer the question whether there will be structural changes or not, but serious changes are expected."
"Great changes are envisaged by the Government’s program," he commented. "We have put together a very ambitious program," he added.

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