Rather general reference is made to Armenia's problems and various regulations are proposed to solve them in the programs of parties and blocs participating in the campaign.
That is why the representatives of the political forces, participating in the discussion entitled “Pre-Election Campaign: What Solutions do the Political Forces Propose for the Problems of Lori Marz?”held in cooperation with “NGO Center” in Vanadzor on March 30, made a superficial reference to the regional problems considering their solution in the context of national kind of problems.
“Our main task is to regulate relations between the state and the private sector. In addition, our task is to strengthen the parliamentary system of governance in Armenia. In the new system, the opposition has such functions and opportunities to be engaged in the decision-making process of important political issues. This enables the National Assembly not to have a political monopoly,” Armenuhi Kyureghyan, “Armenian Revolutionary Federation” Party rating candidate, said.
At the same time, he noted that they attach great importance to the creation of jobs, tourism development, and mitigation of environmental risks from mining activities in Lori region.
Hrant Ayvazyan, “Yelq” Alliance representative, spoke almost about the same issues. “We mainly targeted the environmental and social-economic problems in the region. We will be able to give solutions to these problems if as a result of the Parliamentary elections we receive the votes of the citizens and be part of the Government,” he said.
Ashot Manukyan,”Congress-APP” Alliance representative, stressed the implementation of “Peace Plan” of their political force saying that without the conflict resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenia cannot have prosperous future. “We can now discuss many options of resolving different problems, make proposals but there is no resource for resolving them in a state at war. What refers to the regional problems we consider them in a general context,” he said highlighting the balanced development of the state.
“We must get rid of the formula of a large head, small body. We need a decentralization of the industrial and public sector organizations from Yerevan to the regions,” Ashot Yegiazaryan said.
Davit Hakobyan, “Tsarukyan” Alliance representative, considers the solution of Lori problems in the attraction of investments. “There are many problems in Lori that need solving. For example, there are temporary settlements in Vanadzor, there is unemployment, ecological problems. Without investments, it is impossible to solve them. We just put our emphasis on attracting investments and we can do it,” he said, referring to the promise of alliance's leader Gagik Tsarukyan to bring 15 billion euros investments to Armenia.
Vahan Ghuyumchyan, “Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanyan” Alliance representative, said that the parliamentary elections are deprived of political content. “Through the introduction of a rating system, the political significance of these elections was reduced to a very low level, turning it into actual local elections,” he said adding that most of the ordinary citizens do not realize this fact.
Vahan Mkhitaryan, “Free Democrats” Party representative, emphasized two problems – internal and external. First, environmental problems should be solved. Because of the mines, the environment has suffered a serious blow. The forests are endangered. On the other hand, it should be clear that in terms of foreign policy Armenia is in a system – the Eurasian Economic Union, where it cannot develop. We put an emphasis on the withdrawal from EAEU and CSTO to build a normal state of the European model. In future, Armenia should be a part of the European Union,” he underlined.
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Arshaluys Mghdesyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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