YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian pointed to dialogue as the best method to resolve conflict between opposing political forces–and denounced the opposition for presenting ultimatums.
Meeting on Wednesday with members of the United Communist Party ruling board–the president disclosed that the ruling government coalition–in a bid to ease the mounting opposition standoff through a dialogue–held a series of meeting with opposition leaders during the past few months.
He said that the extremism of certain segmen’s of the opposition which have rejected dialogue–has instead–created the existing political tension. He also defended the security forces for attempting to restore law and order.
Kocharian said that the opposition’s ultimate goal should be the same as the government’s–to improve living standards. The main functions of the opposition–he noted–should be to keep the government’s performance under continuous scrutiny–so as to prevent deviation.
"Today the opposition is fully able to operate normally–but if it decides to take another course–the authorities possess enough resources–set by the law–to protect citizens and stave off displays of illegality and extremism," said Kocharian–noting that recent developmen’s have not affected the country’s economy–financial markets–or investment environment.