No One Can Ruin A State, Unless It Is Already On Brink Of Ruin, Acni

NO ONE CAN RUIN A STATE, UNLESS IT IS ALREADY ON BRINK OF RUIN, ACNIC EXPERT MANVEL SARGSYAN SAYS

NOYAN TAPAN
APRIL 30, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, APRIL 30, NOYAN TAPAN. The Armenian Center for National
and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a discussion entitled
"The Recent Unrest in Kyrgyzstan: Are There Lessons for Armenia?" on
April 29. ACNIS Administrative Director Karapet Kalenchian said that
depsite the fact that Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest post-Soviet
countries, it has an important geopolitical position, and in this
respect the change of the authorities in this country is of concern
for other countries in the region.

ACNIS senior expert Manvel Sargsyan said the events in Kyrgyzstan
caused serious alarm in the whole post-Soviet territory, which is
also evident from various high-level opinions and comments voiced
in connection with these events. In his words, the Russian president
addressed the problem several times, expressing concern and even making
forecasts that such events may also take place in other countries. "The
presidents of Belarus and Georgia made statements.

Even the Armenian police chief rudely warned society "not to harbor
such thoughts", the Armenian obmudsman also made a statement," M.
Sargsyan noted.

In his opinion, all this shows that everybody is concerned about the
Kyrgyz events because they are not a colored revolution and have no
relation to elections. M. Sargsyan said that following these events,
both the state system and society collapsed in Kyrgyzstan.

He underlined that no one can ruin a state, unless it is already on
the brink of ruin. According to him, what happened in Kyrgyzstan was a
protest, a "riot" rather than a political process because "the forces
that have now become the formal authorities have little influence on
that country and its society".

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