Saturday, March 15, 2008
Ter-Petrossian: "They would have killed me."
via Unzipped via Zhamanak via Kommersant
Former Presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian has expressed his dissatisfaction with the behavior of the European observers. In an interview given to Kommersant newspaper he asserted that Europeans would not abide in Europe that which they abide in Armenia.
"Let me ask a clear question: If 50 of Mrs. Clinton's supporters or 50 of Mr. Sarkozy's supporters were arrested, what would happen in the United States or in France? There, such a thing is not possible; here, however, it is possible. The Europeans would not allow such a thing over there, but they are allowing it over here. If there are standards, then those standards apply to everybody. What is unacceptable in Europe must not be acceptable here. For that reason, we are dissatisfied with the position that the observers have taken," said Levon Ter-Petrossian.
"This is what is thought: The Europeans arrive, and they make illegitimate elections legitimate. The OSCE and the European Council are our organizations; we are one of their qualified members. Our governments have responsibilities with regard to them, but they likewise have responsibilities with regard to our citizens, and we demand that they meet those responsibilities," argued Armenia's first president.
In response to Kommersant's question, what would have happened if on March 1st Levon Ter-Petrossian had not stayed at his house, but had gone to the protesters gathered near the French embassy, the former presidential candidate replied, "What would have happened? [Kocharian & co.] would have killed me. That is just what they needed. Then they would have attributed it to whatever hooligans. They would have said several people disgruntled by me killed me. And that would have made the situation much more vitreous," concluded Levon Ter-Petrossian.
(Original Armenian here)