Gevorg Harutyunyan

Hayots Ashkhar Daily
Published on Aug 02, 2008

"Analyzing the present situation and having the objective to liven the
social-political activeness in September, the center of the movement
considers it very important not to stop holding massive events, sit in
and hunger strikes, as well as realize the idea of Armenian National
Congress," Ter-Petrosyan announced during the demonstration yesterday.

In his 50 minutes' speech, for 48 minutes Ter-Petrosyan repeated
the ideas heard during his previous speeches and only at the last
2 minutes he touched upon the congress: "You will eyewitness a
significant historic event - the ceremony of the establishment of
Armenian National Congress.

Later he read the declaration agreed with 16 parties and public
organizations, which are going to join Armenian National Congress:
"...taking into account the fact that during the post -election period
the Republic of Armenia is facing serious challenges, well-conscious
that there is a necessity to confront these challenges the political
parties which are the core of the movement declare about the formation
of the Armenian National Congress.

According to the leader of the neo-Bolsheviks the political parties
and the public organizations, which make up part of the congress have
the right to independence and to run for the elections separately. The
congress is open for=2 0the parties and public organizations both in
Armenia and Diaspora. We appeal to all the forces, organizations and
citizens concerned about the fortune of their motherland to become
members of the congress.

"Azatutyun" party, "Aylntrank" social-political organization, "People's
Path" party, "Democratic Motherland" party, People's Party of Armenia,
Marxists, Armenian Pan National Movement, "Motherland and Honor",
"Hanrapetutyun" party, People's Rights - 96, Conservative Party,
and Social Democratic Hnchakyan party signed the memorandum of
Armenian National Congress. In general all in all 16 parties and
public organizations, instead of the promised 25 or 27.

To save the situation, they announced that later, parliamentary
opposition "Heritage" party, Armenian Communists' Party and "Nor
Jamanakner" would join the congress.

Below some political figures express their standpoints regarding the
prospects of Armenian National Congress.

Vardan Khachatryan


"The only thing that I can say is that the deceleration is in the
process of discussion. And it is very difficult to predict the
continuation of this process. The contents of the declaration heard
during the meeting have not been agreed with our party. Most probably
in future "Heritage" party will touch upon this issue.

Ruben Tovmasyan

Armeni an Communists' party

"The party has not discussed similar declaration. Communists' Party
has a clear stance regarding similar issues and is guided by concrete
position, which will never be agreed with any other party. No one
has the right to make announcements on behalf of the party.

Shavarsh Kocharyan

National Democratic Party

The fact that very few parties sign the declaration on the formation
of the National Congress testifies to the fact "against" ideology
never works.

Let's expect that the congress will at least declare about their
goal. But I don't think that this will work. The little number of
the people in the demonstration shows their estimation, which is very
important in such issues.

Arshak Sadoyan

National Democratic Union

"The National Congress doesn't intend to take power, it has other
political goals. The 16 political parties and the public organizations
that have become members of the congress will very soon understand that
only Armenian Pan National Movement will remain in the congress. What
they really want is to return to the political domain with a new
name. They expect success in 2012.

Armen Ashotyan

Republican Party

"Those pro-oppositional forces that have joined Levon Ter-Petrosyan
are mostly guided by the outer effect. There are no values. Similar
course of action can't be a success and it is ver y characteristic
to sects. They often announce that the end of the world has come,
and later they have to explain why their predictions didn't come true.

Still on May 2 they announced about forming Armenian National
Congress. But by now this idea didn't get an institutional shape. Even
the parties that support Levon Ter-Petrsoyan avoid becoming members of
the congress - a strange political project. Therefore the initiators
of the congress had to change the contents of the deceleration. As
a result it turned into a format, which simply recorded the list of
the forces supporting Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

They failed to realize the idea of establishing a powerful liberal
political force. Their biggest failure will be the refusal of
"Heritage" Party to become members of the congress. It reminds of the
situation when a couple makes a decision to get married, but on the
day of the marriage they announce that they don't want to get married,
instead they prefer to remain in love."