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    Noyan Tapan
    Nov 20, 2008

    YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 20, NOYAN TAPAN. On the initiative of Armenian
    president Serzh Sargsyan, a consultation on the current stage of
    negotiations on settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh problem was held
    with the participation of heads of the country's political forces at
    K. Demirchian Sport and Concert Complex in Yerevan on November 20.

    S. Sargsyan said such consultations on issues of importance to the
    country will be held regularly. Consultations may also be held in an
    Armenian region, to which the problem under discussion is related. All
    the political forces, including extraparliamentary parties, will be
    invited to take part in discussions. According to the president, the
    discussions will be closed, and after their conclusion the participants
    may provide information to the mass media, but without references.

    In his opinion, the institution of political consultations will
    contribute to an exchange of opinions about problems of strategic
    importance to Armenia and the formation of a common approach, as
    well as to the establisment of a political field in the country. The
    president had announced his initiative to invite such consultations
    in his address at the National Assembly.

    According to spokesman for the RA president Samvel Farmanian, only the
    heads of the parties were invited to the discussion. 50 out of 65 heads
    of parties, who had been invited, attended the meeting. In particular,
    out of the parties of the political coalition, "Prosperous Armenia"
    did not participate because its chairman Gagik Tsarukian is not in
    the country. The parliamentary opposition - "Heritage" was represented
    by the chairwoman of the party's board Anahit Bakhshian.

    Out of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) member parties representing
    the radical opposition, only the chairman of the Marxist Party
    David Hakobian was present. In his words, the leader of ANC Levon
    Ter-Petrosian did not boycott the discussion, he just allowed the
    ANC member political forces to "freely maneuver".

    Despite the president's admonition to limit each speech to 3 minutes,
    the discussion on Karabakh problem lasted 5 hours.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress