U.S. applauds both police and demonstrators in Armenia: envoy

U.S. applauds both police and demonstrators in Armenia: envoy

PanARMENIAN.Net - The United States applauds both the Armenian police and those exercising their right to peaceful assembly for showing restraint and ensuring that the events over the past two weeks were mostly peaceful and largely non-violent, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian to the Permanent Council said in a statement.

Ppposition leader from Yelk bloc and the founder and head of Civil Contract party Nikol Pashinyan leads the campaign against the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).

Prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign on Monday, and Pashinyan is now seeking the appointment as prime minister by the National Assembly of what he calls “the people’s candidate,” the formation of a temporary government and snap parliamentary elections.

"The coming days represents a historic opportunity for the people of Armenia and its leaders as they embark on the process of forming a new government. We urge all sides to engage constructively in dialogue within the legal framework of the Armenian constitution. We look forward to working closely with the new government on our many areas of shared interest. As a friend and a partner to Armenia, we commend the Armenian people for engaging in dialogue to forge their sovereign future through democratic and peaceful means," Kamian said.

"The United States commends the decision taken by former Prime Minister Sargsyan to resign. We thank him for his contributions to the strong U.S.-Armenia partnership.

"We applaud both the police and those exercising their right to peaceful assembly for showing restraint and ensuring that the events over the past two weeks were mostly peaceful and largely non-violent. The fact there was no major violence in these last few weeks is encouraging. We continue to urge all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any escalation or violent actions. We note the authorities have launched investigations into several incidents in which violence was reported against journalists and protesters and we anticipate a full and transparent legal process in those instances.

"Finally, we encourage Armenia to continue its cooperation with the OSCE, now and in the future. Today’s initiative by Armenia to keep the Permanent Council informed of developments in the country is a positive step. The Armenian Cooperation Program provides a valuable mechanism for the OSCE to support the country. The United States stands ready to consider additional OSCE assistance."

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