YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Immediately after meeting with the leaders of all parliament factions except Artarutiun (Justice)–the three parties of the government coalition released the following joint statement–in response to proposed constitutional amendmen’s by opposition Justice and National Unity factions.
"Adhering to the spirit of the parliamentary cooperation;
Regretting that the opposition did not accept the coalition’s proposal to collaborate in drafting constitutional reforms;
Considering the importance of the opposition’s constructive role and participation in parliament’s activities;
Considering the necessity for greater consensus in developing and adopting constitutional reforms–as well as reaffirming the coalition’s willingness for wider cooperation in this process;
Welcoming the willingness of the Justice and the National Unity factions to participate in drafting constitutional reforms;
Valuing the process of cooperation in formulating draft reforms;
Finding that the proposals made by the both factions are worthy of consideration;
Underscoring that public and political discussions as well as the work of the relevant committee are vital in formulating positions on the proposals put forth by the Justice and National Unity factions–as well as other proposals;
We call on the authors of the proposals to participate in the process of developing final proposed reforms to the sections of the Constitution that deal with the government–judiciary–local governmen’s–as well as other sections of the Constitution."
Republican Party of Armenia
Armenian Revolutionary Federation
Orinats Yerkir Party