Armenian defence minister denies “political” arrests

Armenian defence minister denies “political” arrests

28 Apr 04


The chairman of the Security Council under the Armenian president and
defence minister, Serzh Sarkisyan, does not agree with the
opposition’s statements that repression and political arrests are
under way in Armenia and that the free movement of citizens in the
republic is being restricted.

“It is another issue that the police have been conducting inspections
on the republic’s roads, which is the duty of the law-enforcement
agencies in conditions when aggressive political forces announce their
plans to change power in the republic by force,” Sarkisyan told

As for the discussion of the internal political situation in Armenia
by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Sarkisyan does
not think that this may lead to serious consequences.