By Marieta Khachatryan
YEREVAN — “We cannot aspire to power, we haven’t aspired to power either, because we haven’t been in power, and I don’t think that we will be in power in the near future. We haven’t been radical opposition and we won’t be either; rather, we will act and speak out in opposition regarding those issues, in which the executive authorities are deficient or are in error, and we will encourage, support all those undertakings in which the authorities are acting correctly, effectively, in the interest of our people. We are a party inclined toward the government; we are a party of calm strength, and will remain as such.”
These thoughts were expressed by Hagop Avedikian, member of the executive committee of the Armenagan-Ramgavar Liberal Party chairman, during the ceremony of the unifying convention of the Armenagan-Ramgavar Liberal Party, which was held on October 3 in the Arno Babajanian Philharmonic Hall. Present at that convention were numerous delegates from the diaspora, representatives from different districts of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Canada, USA, Great Britain, France, Lebanon, Switzerland and other countries), representatives of the parliamentary coalition and non-parliamentary parties of the Republic of Armenia.
Before that, party Vice Chairman Armen Manvelyan had announced the opening of the unifying convention. Bishop Ararat Galtakchyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See, had performed the opening prayer.
President Serge Sargisian had also welcomed the convention with his message, in which he noted that the ADL, with its prudent, balanced, practical and patriotic policy in Armenian life for more than a century, had occupied a unique place in the Armenian national-political scene, especially since its return to the homeland and activities in the country’s political landscape. Reflecting on the turbulent events of the recent past, Sargisian was full of hope that following this unifying convention, the Ramgavars would be able to work in unity, in a cohesive manner and with a spirit of unanimity, thereby restoring the vision of this esteemed party.
“We have a lot of work to do together in the name of the state, the people and their unity,” the president said in his message.