YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The Shirak region reflects the situation in the whole country: if this region is in bad condition–then our republic is sick. It is not a mere coincidence that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation had chosen Giumri to organized a scientific conference entitled ‘The Social Environment of the republic and Ways to Improve it.’" This was said by the representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia representative and presidential advisor Vahan Hovanessian during the opening of the scientific conference on January 22.
According to Hovanessian–the ARF as socialist party–prioritizes social problems. "Besides," he said–"it is impossible to liberate Artsakh when the backbone–that is Armenia–is full of social problems."
Hovanessian said the government should combat poverty and see that Yerevan will work within the country and not flow outside as it does now since the country’s legislation and customs system still need to be upgraded–referring to the vast resources being exported outside the country.
The participants in the scientific conference addressed the problem of unemployment and ways to settle it–as well as social problems of refugees–social security issues and the social welfare system.