(PanARMENIAN) - Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan received U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair Matthew Bryza. The meeting was attended by U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Armenia Joseph Pennington and Embassy Adviser on Political and Economic Issues Steven Banks, the RA government's press office reported.
With reference to the post-election situation in Armenia, the parties have touched upon the ways out of it.
In presenting the objectives behind his visit, Mr. Bryza said that he had a mission on the part of the U.S. Secretary of State to get a first-hand view of the situation at hand by meeting representatives of different sides, as well as to forward specific messages. Mr. Bryza further advised that before this meeting he was able to hear on TV the Prime Minister's constructive remarks made at today's cabinet session and was very pleased with the highlights of his statement. "This is just what I expected to hear from you at this meeting, but to my satisfaction you have already voiced them," Mr. Bryza said.
According to him, it is time to ease the current tension, anyone should show great sense of responsibility by realizing that Armenia must recover those assets gained before this situation. Speaking about the state of emergency, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State mentioned that it cannot last endlessly and now efforts have to be made towards this end. Matthew Bryza agreed with the prime minister in that the state of emergency is really an instrument that helps ease tensions and direct processes towards a natural course. He stressed that it is impossible to move along the path of democracy unless there is law and order in the country.