LEVON TER-PETROSIAN NEVER TAKES ADVANCE TO FULFIL POLITICAL GOALS, ARAM MANUKIAN SAYS

Noyan Tapan
Oct 30, 2008

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 30, NOYAN TAPAN. "The people who know well first RA
President Levon Ter-Petrosian know that he never takes advance from
anyone to fulfil political goals." Aram Manukian, a member of the
Armenian National Movement (ANM) party Board, stated at the October
29 press conference touching upon the assertion of Vice-Chairman of
the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Razmik Zohrabian made the day
before, according to which the movement led by Levon Ter-Petrosian
is financed from foreign forces.

According to A. Manukian, the first President does not wish to become
dependent on anyone, and even if the West or any other force offers
L. Ter-Petrosian money, he will refuse.

According to A. Manukian, RPA and ARFD making part of the ruling
coalition have absolutely nothing to say to society today and besides,
they do not take adequate steps in connection with the events happening
in the country.

According to him, RPA should have rebelled after the latest scandalous
murders. "Do you remember RPA singing several months ago that an
irreconcilable struggle should be carried out against crime, that
criminals should not be unpunished?" A. Manukian said.

As he stated, today there is absolutely no plurality in RPA: everybody
speaks for Serzh Sargsyan's proposals. "No one risks to come up
against Serzh Sargsyan. No one has courage, either, to confess what
operation was carried out in the morning of March 1, at what hour it
started," the opposition figure stated. He added that no coalition
member renders it more clear whether in the morning of March 1, before
beginning the Police operation, Police indeed warned the participants
of the sit-down strike as high-ranking policemen assure.

Commenting upon the activity and position of the other two parties
making part of the coalition, A. Manukian said that the Bargavach
Hayastan (Prosperous Armenia) party is merely a political project
and the Orinats Yerkir (Country of Law) party is a "covered card,"
and it is no use speaking about them.