DILIJAN — In the recent edition of the “1/6” program on Russia 24 TV channel, dedicated to Armenia, President of the Republic Armen Sarkissian gave an interview to journalist Kirill Vyshinsky. The shortened version of the interview in Dilijan is presented below in translation.
Russia 24 – Let me start with politics. This summer, after a long political crisis, early parliamentary elections were held in Armenia. Speaking in the new National Assembly, you addressed the deputies with a proposal or a request to resolve the multi-layered crisis and try to overcome the split. Do you think they will manage to do it?
– I should not comment on whether they will succeed or not. The people of Armenia, those who elected this parliament, will comment. I can say that we really had a period of crisis. Of course, immediately after the ceasefire established owing to Russia and the cessation of hostilities, internal processes began in Armenia, which became a source of instability in the country.
The most importantly, already in the spring, I talked to different political forces and the Prime Minister. My proposal was simple: the way-out of this situation in a normal state, we are striving for, is elections. My proposal was more systemic because I think we need to change the Constitution as well. In my opinion, such a Constitution is not balanced, there are no restraint mechanisms.
I made a comprehensive proposal, which was partly fulfilled, elections were held. I am happy about that. I can clearly say that the street tension has sharply decreased. Or rather, that tension transferred to the parliament.
Russia 24 – Mr. President, you said that to resolve the multi-layered crisis, Armenia needs a new, qualified system of governance. What does it mean?