YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The press and information office of Armenia’s interior ministry issued a statement explaining the whereabouts and activities of interior minister Suren Abrahamian–who handed in his resignation–following the bloody siege on parliament on Oct. 27.
Abrahamian explained that he was indeed inside the parliament chambers and with the help of several members of parliament he was led outside the compound guised as an escort for a wounded parliamentarian.
The interior minister explained that–in fact–the gunmen had inquired about his whereabouts on several occasions during the siege and expressed his gratitude to those holed up in the building for not revealing that information.
Abrahamian went on to explain that he met with President Robert Kocharian outside of the National Assembly building and per presidential orders–he returned to the interior ministry to address the handling of the crisis.
Upon his return to the ministry–he dispatched deputy interior minister Haik Harutunian to the defense ministry to coordinate the deployment of military and interior ministry troops to the parliament and the areas surrounding the edifice.
Abrahamian added that later that day–he personally went to the defense ministry to consult on maintaining calm and not allowing the deadly situation to become further explosive.
He explained that he returned to the interior ministry at noon Thursday and submitted his resignation–which he said did not result from any pressure or announcement.
"I’m not trying to justify myself. I’m just explaining my whereabouts," said Abrahamian–who refused to analyze the events of Oct. 27.
A decision has yet to be made on Abrahamian’s resignation.