CIVIL MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY

Lragir.am
20 July 06

The guarantee of success of any movement is the work that is being
done, stated Vardan Khachatryan, the political secretary of the
Heritage Party, in a news conference July 20, with regard to the
civil movement initiated by the leaders of the National Democratic
Party and the Heritage Party, about which Vazgen Manukyan announced
several days ago. But before speaking about the prospects of the
movement Vardan Khachatryan said it is necessary to specify the
priorities of the movement.

"In this civil movement Raffi Hovannisian, Vardan Khachatryan, and
everyone else will act as individual citizens. It is a civil initiative
and cannot be connected with separate persons. And this movement has
adopted the model from home to home, from doorstep to doorstep from
brain to brain, from heart to heart," says Vardan Khachatryan.

In other words, people who may have different ideas and approaches
but they all think that the society must have a serious, sustainable
civil foundation to have future, says Vardan Khachatryan, describing
the initiators and activists of the movement.

"These people will work within the circle of people around him,
expanding this circle, and if the movement is successful, if the first
hindrances are overcome, it will grow into an assembly, because we
think there must be a public assembly, involving 1000-1500 people,
who will represent Armenia, and the surge of the movement will proceed
along the same path of propaganda," states Vardan Khachatryan.

According to him, judging by the preliminary plan, the civil assembly
will be held this fall. Vardan Khachatryan says the initiative of the
movement proceeded from the international experience. In particular,
the German model of establishing local Bundestags.

The political secretary of the Heritage Party says the civil movement
will resemble a Constitutional Assembly, a public assembly, which will
take place twice or three times a year and will attend to problems
and the situation without any ambitions.