11, 2008

Discussions on the subject of the “Peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan invited leaders of the political parties registered and acting in Armenia to conduct discussions on the subject of the “Peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”.

Before turning to the matter at hand, the President of Armenia said, “First of all, I would like to congratulate all of us on the occasion of an outstanding performance of our chess players at the World Olympiad. I am confident that many of us here, and not only us, but also our people were waiting particularly for the news from Dresden, and this news, at least for me, is very inspirational. I think we should all together support our chess players. This is a very important event in the sport life of our country.”

Next, Serzh Sargsyan thanked all those present for accepting his invitation. Noting, that these meetings would be held regularly, the President of Armenia said, “In my address to the National Assembly and our people I had noted that I would initiate topical and regular discussions on the vital, strategic issues, and that leaders of all political parties would be invited to participate. This is the first meeting in that format.” The President of Armenia “expressed hope that this mechanism will not only allow to increase participation of the political parties in the decision-making processes but will also contribute to the further expansion of the political field. Every discussion in this format will be dedicated to one particular issue. I would not exclude the possibility of having even outgoing meetings which will be convened out of the capital, in the localities relevant to the topic of the discussions. In my opinion, the importance of such meetings is in being able to listen to each other, to comprehend the variety of opinions and approaches, the ability to collectively ponder on the problems facing our country and when possible to develop a joint position on different issues. Today and from now on our discussions will be conducted without reference, in a so called “closed discussions” format. Such a format will allow all the participants to take uninhibited part in the discussions and express whatever opinion. As for the “without reference”, it means that after this meeting, during our public activities we can utilize opinions voiced here, however, with the understanding that there will be no direct references.”

After the opening remarks of President Sargsyan a discussion unfolded on the process of the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict which lasted almost five hours.

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