YEREVAN (Yerevan News Agency)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia issued an announcement Friday–outlining the party’s position on the recent developmen’s in Armenia following the resignation of Levon Ter-Petrosyan–the re-registration of the party in Armenia and the release of ARF leaders Hrand Markarian and Vahan Hovanessian.
Below is the translated text of that announcement: On February 9–1998–Armenia’s Justice Ministry allowed the resumption of activities of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–after which ARF leaders Hrand Markarian and Vahan Hovanessian–who were incarcerated for political reasons–were released.
Evidently–the illegal persecution and oppression of the ARF and its members–which began on December 28–1994–has finally ended. This was an important step toward the establishment of rule of law–democracy and putting an end to the internal political rift in the country.
If the struggle waged by the leadership of Armenia against the republic’s leading political party was a struggle against democracy–diversity–free speech–national ideals–historical memory and the historical cause–then today conditions are ripe for the creation of a state based on national values–freedom–democracy–and onc that serves the entire Armenian nation and its aspirations.
The current changes–however– are merely the beginning of an important stage which should progress and develop with the same continuity and vigor–until such a victorious day when a leadership for the people and by the people in Armenia is brought forth.
Since its re-establishment in the homeland–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation –staying true to its mission–has fought for the creation of state-political structures which foster national ideals–all in the name of the principle of a leadership emerging from the people’s free will and aiming to provide a free and prosperous life.
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation–having pledged all its resources and willingness to work for the strengthening of the Armenian state and resolving national issues–will–at the same time–continue to vigorously oppose instances when national and state interests are ignored or threatened.