17:13 11.05.10

The parliamentary faction of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation
(Dashaktsutiun, ARF-D) will not participate in the meeting with the
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Mevlut Chavushoglu planned on May 13.

The decision was reached at a May 11 party session.

In a press conference today ARF-D faction leader Vahan Hovhannisyan
said that the decision was accounted for by the fact that Chavushoglu
will not attend Tsitsernakaberd - the memorial of the victims of the
Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottam Empire in 1915.

Hovhannisyan also said that all the former PACE presidents, who came
to Armenia, visited the memorial.

Armen Rustamyan, member of the Armenian delegation in PACE and an
ARF-D MP, will not participate in the meeting with Chabushoglu either.

Secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party Aram Safaryan declined
commenting on ARF-D's decision, saying their party will participate
in that disputed meeting and will push forward a few important issues.