Armenian experts oppose Russian military presence

Armenian experts oppose Russian military presence

Pravda, Russia / Rosbalt
May 31 2004

The European Union and the Council of Europe promote Armenian
independence. According to data gathered in a survey of experts by the
Armenian Center for Strategic and National Research, 72% of experts
support this view. At the same time, 56% of those surveyed believe
that Russia limits Armenian independence.

6% see the US and the World Bank as limiting Armenian independence,
and 4% believe the same about Turkey. 66% of experts were confident
that in the next 10-12 years Armenia will become a member of NATO,
with 28% confident that they will not. 6% had difficulty answering
this question. The presence of Russian military bases on Armenian
territory was welcomed by only 18% of the experts who thought that
the bases provide a guarantee of safety for the country. At the same
time, 76% of those surveyed were opposed to Russian forces in Armenia,
and 6% had difficulty answering this question.

Of the 50 experts who participated in the survey, 30% were affiliated
with government organizations and 70% with non-governmental

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS