YEREVAN (Armenpress)–It’s regretful that Levon Ter-Petrosyan is returning to the field of politics and bringing with him the same malice that destroyed the Armenian National Movement, President Robert Kocharian told journalists Wednesday.
Kocharian made his remarks after a journalist asked him to comment on accusations the ex-president leveled on the incumbent administration in a 90-minute speech at the October 26 rally.
Kocharian said the main idea in his predecessor’s speech was that everything was good when he ruled Armenia and when he resigned everything turned bad.
“I think our people remember well what quality of life they had during Ter-Petrosian’s years in office,” Kocharian noted. “At any rate, there is a simple way to assess how presidents perform after taking office: We should look at the situation they inherited at the beginning of their presidency and what they were able to achieved at the end.”
This approach, he said, is universal and can be applied to a farmer, a businessman and the country’s president
“Levon Ter-Petrosian became president of Armenian in August 1990, when it was still part of the Soviet Union and one of the most industrialized republics with a developed agriculture,” the President stated. “Three-four years later Armenia became one of the poorest nations in the world. Certainly, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union had resulted in certain losses, but in my assessment they should not have gone beyond 15-20 percent. These losses should have been recovered through investmen’s and development projects, which was the case in the Baltic countries of Belarus and Ukraine, while in Armenia the economy was destroyed completely in few years.
“Today we can say the following: Ter-Petrosyan and his allies inherited a country in a normal state and handed it down to me as a country with a collapsed economy, rated by international organizations as one of the world’s poorest nations,” Kocharian said.