LTP Prompted RK & SS The Last Option For Remaining In History


Oct 26 2007

This government is a kleptocracy," stated the first president of
Armenia during the rally on October 26 who repeated his September
21 statement that this government is guided by kleptocratic rules,
is corrupt and vicious, a structured system of mobsters. "This system
guarantees the welfare of a limited group of people who control all
the levers of government through oppressing and robbing people,"
Levon Ter-Petrosyan says.

According to him, the Armenian government is a monolith pyramid
at the top of which is Robert Kocharyan. Below Kocharyan is Prime
Minister Serge Sargsyan, according to Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and the
third and the fourth are Hovik Abrahamyan, the vice prime minister,
and Armen Gevorgyan, the head of the president administration. "Then
come the majority of ministers, deputy ministers, governors, as well as
some notorious mayors and heads of communities," Levon Ter-Petrosyan
says. In his opinion, a few essential links sustain the activities
of this criminal structure. The first is the head of the president
administration Armen Gevorgyan, whose influence, according to the
first president, was especially big during the office of the prime
ministers Andranik Margaryan and Armen Darbinyan. "When in fact Alexan
Harutiunyan and Armen Gevorgyan made decisions on appointments,
conditions of trade, granting privileges, unfair auctions and
tenders." The next important link, according to Levon Ter-Petrosyan, is
the customs service led by Armen Avetisyan. "Whose function of customs
control and legal customs fees has transformed into government-level
smuggling," Levon Ter-Petrosyan says. The other link supporting the
pyramid is, according to Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the office of prosecutor
general and Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan. He and his office,
according to the first president, guarantee the legal security of the
kleptocracy. The next link, according to Levon Ter-Petrosyan, is the
Central Bank whose monetary and loan policy and the suspicious game
with the exchange rates of currency is ruining the country’s economy
and wastes over 40 percent of the real value of remittances. And
lastly, Levon Ter-Petrosyan mentions the Public Television headed
by Alexan Harutiunyan which ensures the propaganda in defense of
the regime and tries its hardest to defame its opponents. After
the definition and structured revelation of the government Levon
Ter-Petrosyan touched upon the moral, psychological, political,
economic, social consequences of the rule of this regime, which has
turned Armenia into an "outcast", the population is impoverished,
even though the government is demonstrating tiger bounces through
juggling of statistics. "However, research by serious economists
shows that these indices are false, and the annual growth in reality
is hardly 3-4 percent. What is the secret of appearance of those
two-digit numbers? It turns out that there is no secret. The figures
of the economic growth are direct correlation with the dynamics
of remittances," Levon Ter-Petrosyan says, adding that it means if
the Armenian economy develops, it develops outside Armenia. "At the
expense of the muscle energy of hundreds of thousands of Armenian
migrant workers in Russia," Levon Ter-Petrosyan says. He also spoke
about black economy because, according to him, black economy is one
that is out of the control of the government. "It is found everywhere,
even in the most developed and legitimate countries.

Meanwhile, the ruling system in Armenia is so organized and powerful
that nothing avoids its control, even a proprietor who earns 200
dollars. In other words, all kinds of criminal economic activities
are carried out by it. Consequently, it is not black economy but
flagrant robbery, extortion, and two budgets accrue in Armenia, one
is the official budget, the other is in the pocket of the government.

In addition, calculations show that the second is much bigger than
the first," Levon Ter-Petrosyan says. He says, however, he does not
think the government, which comprises conscientious professionals,
provides false data to the government. Levon Ter-Petrosyan believes
that the data are initially correct but they are distorted before
offering to the society. According to him, the judicial system also
serves the government, and recent evidence is Justice Pargev Ohanyan’s
punishment who dared to make a decision on acquittal.

However, Levon Ter-Petrosyan points out that he does not mean thousands
of lower-ranking judicial and low enforcement officials who are
honest and conscientious professionals. "They are also humiliated
and insulted by the regime like the rest of people. They are not
expressing their feelings because of the lack of an alternative,
but they will unanimously join the surge of popular movement. The
same is with the police, like in 1988, during the national movement,"
Levon Ter-Petrosyan says. Nevertheless, Levon Ter-Petrosyan said this
criticism and attitude gives him pain because both Robert Kocharyan
and Serge Sargsyan were his personal and military friends not a long
time ago. "Personalities whose names should be out down in the modern
history of the Armenian people.

Their behavior after 1999 cannot erase or cast a shadow on them, as
well as the undeniable and considerable role of Samvel Babayan in the
liberation of Artsakh, restoration and strengthening of the Armenian
state. My tough statements do not aim to defame or condemn them,
and are out of sheer necessity to prevent the reproduction of the
regime," Levon Ter-Petrosyan stated. He even said Robert Kocharyan
and Serge Sargsyan will stand a chance to keep their good name in
the history of independence of Armenia if they leave the political
arena voluntarily. The first president also stated that his attitude
is not due to their Karabakhi origin. "If they deserved, they would be
welcome to rule in Armenia for one hundred years, like their ancestors,
the Hetumians from Artsakh who ruled the Kingdom of Cilicia for 150
years," Levon Ter-Petrosyan says. He condemns all efforts to tap a
wedge between the Armenians of Karabakh and Armenia, describing them as
unfair and dangerous. "Therefore, I will be trying my best to prevent
this mindset from spreading and becoming rooted. Especially that 99
percent of the pillars of the government system created by Kocharyan
and Sargsyan are Armenians of Armenia rather than of Karabakh,"
Levon Ter-Petrosyan says.

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