ARF Will Participate in Government Only Based on its Political Proposals, Says Markarian

ARF Bureau Chairman Hrant Markarian

YEREVAN–In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau Chairman Hrant Markarian Wednesday said his party will participate in the formation of a new government only based on its political proposals.
Markarian emphasized that no decision has been made on specific positions and that discussion were still underway in the formation of the government.
He also denied that the ARF was coveting the foreign ministry and the soon to be created Diaspora ministry, saying that Diaspora minister should not have any party affiliation.
“It’s natural that any political party would want a presence in more influential areas,” said Markarian defining influential as the power or financial ministries.
In responding to a question about the defense ministry, Markarian said that the ARF has qualified people not just for that ministry but others as well.
“I’m not really worried about what’s going to happen in the future. If everything goes well, then we are on the good side; if something goes against our [political] will and toward bad, we always have the political will to find our proper place in this political situation,” said Markarian, adding “if what we agreed to does not work, we will definitely get out.”
Markarian also explained that there were attempts by foreign governmen’s–through Levon Ter-Petrosian–to stage a “color revolution” in Armenia, because by creating a weak Armenia foreign intervention would be easy.
Markarian also expressed hope that the issue of recently arrested individuals will be resolved shortly and in a manner that corresponds with the rule of law.

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