YEREVAN. – Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan does not think that transition from one power monopoly to another could be useful for the country.
The office of Kocharyan presented several excerpts of the interview to Bloomberg in Armenian language and said these parts were published neither on Bloomberg, nor by Armenian media. Armenian
Kocharyan signaled his return to politics and added that despite his inactive stance over the last ten years, however, he became concerned over the events happening in May. According to Kocharyan, this is a controversial situation for Armenia’s statehood as the recent events unfolded “amid euphoria” that has negative and positive sides.
“I do not think that transition from one power monopoly to another could be useful for the country. In the end of the day the essence of ‘velvet revolution’ was in breaking up political monopoly. I found it necessary in this situation to raise my voice, to try to help the process of countering the formation of a new political monopoly,” he said.
As to his possible participation in the process, Kocharyan said he wants to help in formation of counterbalance.
“It can be both personal participation, and cooperation, and simply an active position on a political platform in Armenia: a position on issues of concern to society, and on general matters. That is, it is quite a wide circle. For me, the most important thing was that you cannot stay away from the events.”