Armenian President break silence on hostage stand-off

By Hetq | Friday, 22 July 2016

YEREVAN: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan broke his silence regarding Sunday’s seizure of a Yerevan police building by the armed Sasna Dzrer group.

The president’s website says that Sargsyan stressed that all steps must be taken to ensure a peaceful resolution of the stand-off between law enforcement and the armed group and negotiations are ongoing in this respect.

Sargsyan called for the immediate release of the four hostage being held by Sasna Dzrer and for the group to lay down its weapons. The president said that future actions regarding the Sasna Dzrer members would adhere to the country’s constitution and laws.

“Before getting to the business at hand, we must yet again note that our country is experiencing difficult and demanding times. Of course, I will not refer to the reasons right now. It’s not the time. I’ll just say that we must learn from all this,” Sargsyan said to the representatives of the National Security Service, police, and prosecutor general’s office.

Sargsyan said that the root cause of the current situation is the very dangerous mentality in society that problems can be resolved through violence.

“The future development of this mentality holds dangerous consequences for our country and statehood,” Sargsyan said.

The president said that yes, there are those who are discontent in Armenia, but that no one should mistakenly believe that they can utilize this discontent as a pretext for destabilizing the state itself.