The role of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) in the political landscape is not conditioned with parliamentary mandates, and being an extra-parliamentary opposition, it continues dictating a political agenda,” Deputy Chairman at the former ruling RPA Armen Ashotyan told reporters on Thursday at a briefing. In Ashotyan’s words, representation in parliament gives certain opportunities, yet does not replace the political knowledge and will.
“All the challenges and difficulties faced over the past10 months didn’t discourage us, quite the opposite strengthened even more and consolidated the party,” Ashotyan said.
Speaking of the Artsakh issue, Ashotyan noted that despite differences with the ruling force, RPA is guided by the vision of state-building as it recognizes the need for a culture of political solidarity over the matter. As to the upcoming talks between PM Pashinyan and President Aliyev of Azerbaijan scheduled for March 29 in Vienna, Ashotyan said: “This is the fourth meeting in their lives but the first official negotiation, therefore the time for political frivolity has passed. I wish Pashinyan success during the talks and will never gloat If he fails as all of us would pay for the price for that failure,” Ashotyan said.
Reporters also asked when former President Serzh Sargsyan plans to address questions of public interest as he suggested in his brief remark to the media, Ashotyan said: “The time is nearing. Serzh Sargsyan will address all issues of public interest. I am close to Serzh Sargsyan, yet do not plan to speak in his behalf.”