ARMAVIR, Armenia (Combined Sources)–Armenian Presidential Candidate Vahan Hovannesian Monday discussed his plans for resolving the Karabakh Conflict with residents throughout Armenia’s Armavir Province as he visited the city of Etchmiadzin and its outlying villages of Parakar, Artimet, Khoronk, Arratashen, Griboyredov, and Aknashen.
"I will, first of all, give Azerbaijan the opportunity to sign a pact, pledging that it will not resume war and will instead resolve to settle the issue through peace," Hovannesian said. "But if Azerbaijan continues its belligerent rhetoric, I will forget about any possible concessions."
"Armenia has always said it is ready for compromise, while Azerbaijan has continued to speak about the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the context of its soviet era boundaries," Hovannesian explained. "Azerbaijan’s aggression toward Armenia is inspired by Turkey. To reach our goals, I see it vital to conduct flexible policies with NATO and European Union."
Talking with villagers in Parakar about the current climate of the country, Hovannesian explained that everybody is unhappy with the current situation in Armenia and everybody wants change, but they are faced with an artificial choice in this election. They are forced to choose between the bad candidate and the worst candidate, he remarked.
"We are standing at serious moment in Armenian history today," Hovannesian said. "We must stop and ask ourselves, are we just voting to change one or two people or a system? I am working to change a system."
"Why aren’t we making a choice between the good and the bad?" he asked. "I have a clear program, a team of qualified people and I will be able to reform this country within a year if I win because I have a clean biography and I am free of any pressure,"
It is not normal for us to allow the current situation to continue, Hovannesian exclaimed. According to him, it is not right to allow the development of the country to lag.
When speaking to villagers in Artimet, Hovannesian’s campaign team highlighted the work the ARF has done for the region.
"The school in this village was restored with the help of the ARF, and the sports hall will be restored soon," Ara Nranian, a member of the ARF Parliamentary Faction said. "We have a concrete program in all the sectors of our life, including the banking sector, the economy and others."
"Our People desire guaranteed changes and they have every right to do so, because the economic development that the authorities keep speaking of has not been felt by any of them," Hovannesian said during a discussion with the villagers of Artimet. "Our people keep hearing that the economy is growing. But that economic growth is seen only in the circle of a handful of people who used to buy houses in Tsakhkadzor and are now buying them in Miami."