Washington Calls on Armenia’s Political Forces to Hold Peaceful Demonstrations

Politics Materials 22 February 2008 13:23 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 February / Trend corr K. Ramazanova / Washington called on the political forces of Armenia to hold peaceful demonstrations

"The United States do not want to witness cruelty, violence and criminal behavior by Armenia," the head of PR department at the US Embassy in Azerbaijan Jonathan Henik said to Trend on 22 February.

On 19 February, Armenia held their presidential elections. According to the Central Election Commission, the elections were won by the Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the head of the Republican Party. The ex-President Levon Ter-Petrossian took second place followed by MP Artur Bagdasarian, head of the opposition Orinats Erkir party.

Ter-Petrossian's supporters plan to hold demonstrations in Yerevan in which they urge for the results of the elections to be re-considered. Some 20 tents were set up in the Freedom Square in the centre of Yerevan in which Ter-Petrossian's supporters spent the night.

"The United States supports the opinion of the observers of the presidential elections in Armenia. The mission said there are several problems and we would like the Armenian authorities to solve them as soon as possible," Henik said.

Sargsyan has already been congratulated on his victory in the elections by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, the Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Nikolai Bordyuzha, the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Havier Solana