Preparliament member Hranush Kharatyan has commented on Armenian ex-president Robert Kocharyan’s interview.According to her, the interview is actually the ex-president’s bid for Armenia’s presidency.“No doubt, it is a bid for the highest position, the post of Armenia’s president. I am sure that Robert Kocharyan will not lower his ‘standards’ down to premiership,” Kharatyan told Tert.am.- Ms Kharatyan, Armenia’s ex-president Robert Kocharyan has given two interviews in the past 20 days. His tone was similar to that of the opposition. In his previous interview he addressed such problems as apathy, emigration, the rest 40% of Armenia’s population. In today’s interview, the ex-president dwelt on funded pension and gas agreements. Do you think it is Kocharyan’s bid for returning to big politics?- I think this bid is not a new thing. I think that by means of media outlets associated with them the ex-president attempts to make his assessments of the government process. I have never heard him making positive assessments of the government’s work. On the other hand, I am surprised at his saying that his is concerned over Armenia’s future. What does prevent him from meeting with these people and discuss the situation with them?He also says that the issue of funded pensions was discussed during his presidency and a decision was made against this principle. He accounts for it by popular mistrust of the government. The ex-president seems to believe that the population trusted the authorities. I would like to note that if a person is really concerned over the situation in Armenia rather than over his returning to power, why does not he attempt to discuss the problem with them? I do not believe that he [Kocharyan] is really concerned over the situation in our country.- Do you think this winter is the most favorable season to express this concern? Is Armenia’s premiership the aim?- One thing is clear. In many countries, first of all in Armenia, the premier is not an independent person. He makes key decisions either under the president’s pressure or – The striking evidence thereof is that on September 3, 2013, the premier turned into a proponent of the Customs Union. I think that the aim is Armenia’s presidency in this case. And an ‘unhappy premier’ first of all implies an ‘unhappy president.’- In fact, the Robert Kocharyan-Tigran Sargsyan ‘confrontation’ – their reciprocal responses – is mediated. Are Robert Kocharyan’s ‘messages’ intended for the premier – or for the president?- No doubt, they are intended for Armenia’s president. I am sure that Robert Kocharyan will not lower his ‘standards’ down to premiership. His is making a bid for the post of president.- Nonetheless, according to some analysts, Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan will never come into conflict. Therefore, they say, this all is nothing but a show for the only purpose of retaining power.- I am sure that Robert Kocharyan is a sole actor. Of course, he may employ strategy to cause problems in his relations with individuals. But, I say again, he is an independent actor. I do not think they have a program of succeeding each other.- Does Robert Kocharyan need any forces’ support to return?- I do not think Robert Kocharyan is interested in public support or popular confidence. Since he has supporters in the oligarchic system or, to be precise, contracts with individuals, as well as within the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), or within the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), he can be said to have the necessary human potential at his disposal – the people that normally come to power in Armenia by means of frauds, violence and so on.- During the debates on the Armenian-Russian gas agreement, the MPs of the Republican Party were reproaching the one of the Prosperous Armenia Party for not having the courage to deplore the Russian authorities, while they were critical of Armenia’s authorities. At least now, one could get an impression that Robert Kocharyan was critical of the agreement and, thus, of Russia’s authorities.- Robert Kocharyan has never spoken against the gas agreement. They only say that the developments follow business logic, and are evidence of the agreement being monopolized. That is, Robert Kocharyan considers the developments logical, which means that he is critical of Armenia’s helplessness rather than of Russia’s steps, by saying that there was no need to conceal the $300,000,000 debt. Concealing or not was not Gazprom’s problem. It was the Armenian government’s problem. They might have informed the population, or at least the parliament, of that debt. No doubt, Robert Kocharyan was well aware of it. As Armenia’s ex-president, who amassed an enormous fortune, should not have been silent during these four years for the sake of Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh economies. I say again, his messages were intended for Armenia’s authorities.
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