I think Armenian courts treat all citizens committing offences very mildly,” Serzh Sarkissian said in reply to A1+. We wondered what measures the Armenian authorities take with regard to the PACE recommendation to free all those detained under Articles 300 and 225 of the RoA Criminal Code.
“I am seriously concerned over their arrest. As you know many people are already released. I have already said many times that I am of a high opinion of Armenian courts as they treat people committing minor offences very softly. On the other hand, I think we shouldn’t close an eye to grave crimes and all those who have smashed, wrecked and raised a hand against other’s property should be brought to justice otherwise we will serve a bad model for the society. Many will be seduced by that permissiveness and think that after each election they can bring down the moon with the help of power. We must exclude it.”
Serzh Sarkissian states that “the authorities are powerful, confident, quiet and calm.” They don’t fear from problems. Serzh Sarkissian said he relies on the support of mighty parties. He particularly named the “Orinats Yerkir” Party (OYK) “which won the confidence of large masses during the election,” “Bargavach Hayastan” Party (BHK) with its distinct stance and Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutiun (ARFD) with its close ranks. “Finally, I rely on the party taking the most seats in the National Assembly – on the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). I need nothing else,” said Serzh Sarkissian.
As to the dialogue with Levon Ter-Petrossian, Serzh Sarkissian said the term is perceived wrongly. By saying a dialogue he means a dialogue with people, the society, rather than a dialogue of the head of state with an individual.
Today Serzh Sarkissian ruled out a dialogue with the opposition. “What is the aim of a dialogue if the opposition demands an earlier election? Are we supposed to negotiate the terms of the election? I am sick and tired of elections.”