YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The president–prime minister and speaker of the National Assembly of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic issued the following statement Wednesday.
"The Nagorno Karabakh Republic authorities have learned with alarm and indignation about an unprecedented terrorist act against the high-ranking authorities–members of government and parliament of the Republic of Armenia–which took place in the hall of sessions of the National Assembly.
"At this difficult moment we appeal to the Armenian people to stand by the President of Armenia and support the measures of law-enforcement bodies–aimed at restoration of law and order.
"We definitely condemn this senseless barbarous act and appeal to immediately release the people–who are forcibly kept in the hall of sessions of the parliament.
"We appeal to those persons–who attacked the leaders of the state–elected representatives of the Armenian people–to comprehend that it is impossible to reach any political goal by means of terrorism and violence.
"We demand to come to senses and withdraw from continuing this hopeless action–which have already caused irretrievable damage to the Armenian statehood.
"They–who have undertaken this horrible act–should understand that today the Armenian statehood and the future of the entire Armenian people is in jeopardy."