President Sarkissian Calls for ‘Dialogue,’ Echoing ARF’s Appeal

Dr. Armen Sarkissian , after being sworn in as the 4th president of Armenia, gives his inauguration address
Dr. Armen Sarkissian , after being sworn in as the 4th president of Armenia, gives his inauguration address

Dr. Armen Sarkissian , after being sworn in as the 4th president of Armenia, gives his inauguration address

YEREVAN—Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian on Thursday issued an announcement, in which he hailed and echoed the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia’s call to establish a platform for political dialogue, under his auspices, to resolve the country’s problems, in the face of the days-long protests against Serzh Sarkisian’s election as prime minister.

The complete text of the presidential announcement is provided below as issued by the presidential press service.

In the recent days thousands of citizens of our Republic the majority of which are the youth and students, present their demands to the authorities through rallies and marches.

The youth are our future, future soldiers, scientist, engineer, politician and public official and their voice should be heard and their opinion respected.

Indeed, there are numerous social-economic, legal and political problems needing rapid solution. The parliament of Armenia and the Cabinet formed by its majority, having the appropriate powers, are meant to discuss the issues and find solutions meeting the public demands.

To my deep conviction the sole solution to such situations is the dialogue in any format, the respect towards the opinions of one another and tolerance.

As the Head of the State, I invite the sides to a dialogue to find the best way out.

In this context I share the concerns raised by various social-political organizations over the situation and hail the proposal of the ARF to establish a platform for political consultations under the auspices of the President of Armenia to find joint and prudent solutions to the existing problems.

I also call on the participants of the rally and the law enforcement bodies to demonstrate restraint and responsibility.

I want to remind once again that the security and stability of our country and national solidarity should be a priority and unquestioned necessity.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Of course echoing the ARF. The ARF is now part and parcel of the corrupt oligarchy.

  2. Haig said:

    How can you have dialogue with a regime which has governed Armenia with an iron feast.
    Corruption, injustice, social insecurity, financial scandals, violence, bribery, poverty has become the rule in Armenia and has brought the people the courageous fellow Armenians to the streets.
    The corrupted regime of the ex president who is now the prime minister must go and I doubt that one can hold dialogue with crooks.
    The velvet revolution the peaceful outcry of the heroic Armenians has started and I sincerely hope soon to restore democracy, freedom, justice, social welfare, economic development and growth to the people of Armenia.
    The continues presence of this regime will only worsen the standard of living of the people and eventually the population of Armenia will further shrink and the country might face tragic consequences.
    So far they have done so much harm IT IS TIME TO PACK UP AND PEACEFULLY STEP ASIDE.

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  4. Alexan said:

    As a previous ARF member (from AYF in Toronto), i’m beyond angry that ARF is become the disgusting slime that it has always been “struggling” against. For the sake of a baby chair a the government table, they sold out the ENTIRE country by masking the events to the diaspora… and being apologists for a soviet-minded ass clown who’s way of thinking went out the day we tore down communist monuments in Armenia.

    ARF.. get your shit together and be better than the scum you criticize every day. What a pile of crap…