Armenian President Armen Sarkissian stressed on Sunday the need to form a national accord government in his country, and called for new elections and a referendum to change the constitution.
In a meeting with representatives of the Armenian community in Russia during his private visit to Russia, Sarkissian said: “In any country where such a great tragedy occurred, the government that led to this has to go.”
The president stressed the necessity of holding a popular referendum on changes to the country’s constitution, prior to the general elections.
Sarkissian said: “Any governing system, whether of the presidential or parliamentary type, must include mechanisms of control and balance among branches of power because it is not permissible for important decisions to be taken by one branch.”
Meanwhile, “Wall Street Journal” newspaper reported, Sunday, that although the peace agreement brokered by Russia between Armenia and Azerbaijan stopped weeks of fighting between the two sides and granted Moscow a geopolitical victory, it failed to instill a sense of safety among Armenians, noting that the presence of Russian Forces in the region raises a mixed feeling of gratitude and distrust.
The newspaper pointed out to some Armenians who expressed their feelings that the international community has abandoned them and that they only trust Moscow, while others expressed caution about the presence of Russian forces, especially those who lived through the era of Soviet control.