ENVIRONMENTALISTS HOLD PROTEST IN FRONT OF ARMENIAN PRESIDENTIAL RESIDENCE

Tert.am
29.12.11

On Dec. 29 morning, environmentalists, representatives of NGOs and
political parties held an action to inform the Armenian government
and president of the serious ecological situation in Armenia.

Today's action highlighted the Kajaran problem. The action participants
demanded invalidation of the Armenian government's decision #627,
which gives the status of industrial areas in six communities in
Syunik, Armenia.

Crying out "Healthy, green Armenia!" the protesters marched toward the
Armenian presidential residence. As The protesters' representatives
Zaruhi Postanjanyan, Ani Khachatryan, Mariam Sukhudyan and the
environmentalist Arman Vermishyan approached the presidential
residence.

After leaving the presidential residence, Mariam Sukhudyan told
journalists that President Serzh Sargsyan had not received the
protesters. She noted that the protesters put their letters into
the box.

"Yesterday the president has the time to receive businessmen, one of
whom said the mine would in any case be operated. We will not only
allow them, but will also persecute the ones making such statements,"
said Zaruhi Postanjan.

In their letters the protesters ask the president to send Decision
#627 to the Constitutional Court to confirm its constitutionality
and form a committee to deal with the problem of Kajaran, with the
involvement of persons concerned.

In their second letter, the protesters indicate the need for reforms
in Armenia's environmental protection system.