YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"It is in the interests of the national security of Armenia to release Vahan Hovhanissian. Those who keep him behind bars undermine the country’s national security. They must clearly understand that if tomorrow the Karabakh problem turns into a national catastrophe for our people–one of the major factors of this catastrophe will be that the ARF–an important instrument–was not properly used," political secretary of the Union of Socialist Forces of Armenia Ashot Manoucharian said Wednesday.
Manoucharian believes it is only due to the influence Hovanessian wields in the ARF that it is possible to move the center of the party to Yerevan.
"Many countries and structures are trying to use the ARF as a powerful instrument in their interests–which often goes contrary to those of the Armenian people. This problem arises in many ways–including the infiltration of special agents. For these very reasons–the ARF has been mostly neutralized in the matter of protection of our people’s interests," Manoucharian said.
According to him–those forces will even intensify their activities at a General Assembly of the ARF scheduled for January of 1998–at which they are likely to make an attempt to pervert the essence of ARF-Dashnaktsutiun.