YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The press-service of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia issued a statement Friday discussing the organization’s position on the controversial and highly politicized debate on privatization currently taking place in Armenia’s National Assembly. Below is the English translation of the announcement.
"The controversy surrounding debate in the National Assembly on the sale of the Armenian Brandy Factory–once again has exposed the true colors of a number of deputies who are guided by self-serving–narrowly personal or group interests. One cannot–but question the sincerity of these individuals when they vocally defend national and state interests. Many still remember the disgraceful way they were returned to the supreme legislative body of the republic. These very people cruelly settled scores with their colleagues and approved today’s lists of facilities subject to privatization. They approved the scattering of the national wealth under the guise of privatization. They are the very people who turned the country’s supreme legislative body into a shelter for crimes and patronizing criminals. In this manner–legislators not only defied the law but also created a state–a legal system and ratified legislation under which it was possible to plunder the national wealth–in the name of privatization. It is for this very reason that the aforementioned deputies–and forces standing behind them who are seeking revenge [against the current authorities] have no moral right today to speak about the nation–the state and other such ideas.
"The Armenian Revolutionary Federation has always strongly opposed the manner of privatization adopted by these very forces and at the same time pushed for privatization stipulating public involvement–in order to salvage the country from decay–unemployment and mass exodus–social and economic crises.
"As for our stand on the discussion of the specific issue of the privatization of the Armenian Brandy Factory–while we agree with the main points of presentation by Rouben Hakopian [ARF member of parliament]–we–however–state that the vote cast by our deputy does not express the position of the ARF on this matter. We believe that the entire process of privatization should become a topic of discussion. It is necessary that the president of the republic assign a commission to fulfill that task."