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Many people concluded from the first president's reaction yesterday that he had derailed the possibility of a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition. They only failed to realize that the process had already been derailed by the press conference of Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan and the interview of current Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the next day of the dialogue between the authorities and the opposition, first President of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan responded to the reaction to his statement yesterday, which was published on his Facebook page on October 4 by his press secretary Arman Musinyan.

Levon Ter-Petrosyan's statement notes in particular:

"This result boils down to the following: Kocharian's goal is to overthrow Pashinian's power at any cost, and Pashinian's goal is to retain his power at any cost. At the same time, they unanimously stated that bridges for dialogue have been burned.

The statement from the office of Armenia's third president, Serzh Sargsyan, yesterday said, "As for Levon Ter-Petrosyan's judgments on the Zurich Protocols and the possible Armenian-Turkish reconciliation agreement, they are unacceptable, and comparing these processes is totally inappropriate."

This statement has nothing to do with what Ter-Petrosyan said, because he did not make any judgments about the Zurich Protocols. He said, as follows: "It is clear that such drafts are also prepared on the platform of diplomatic contacts aimed at settling Armenian-Turkish relations. In this case no big surprises are expected. The Armenian-Turkish agreement will differ little from the protocols signed between Davutoglu and Nalbandyan on October 10, 2009".

As for Ter-Petrosyan's views on the Zurich Protocols, they are reflected in the September 2, 2009 statement of the Armenian National Congress. The Congress gave a positive assessment of the Zurich Protocols, strongly opposing only one point, which deals with the creation of a joint commission of Armenian and Turkish historians.

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