Sargsyan insists on meeting hunger-striking opponent in his office

Sargsyan insists on meeting hunger-striking opponent in his office

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President Serzh Sargsyan has again rejected his top challenger Raffi Hovannisian’s proposal to meet in Liberty Square for talks that would lead to alleviation of post-election tensions in Armenia.

In comments made to the media today Armen Arzumanyan, a spokesman for the Armenian president, said that the current head of state has always been patient and constructive in his steps and considered his proposals made to Hovannisian about ending his hunger strike and engaging in talks. He warned, however, that the “language of ungrounded ultimatums being made from the square is reducing the relevance of these proposals by the hour.”

“The meetings of the president are organized by a protocol planned in advance, at hours fixed in advance and take place at the presidential palace,” stressed Arzumanyan.

In his earlier statement Hovannisian insisted that he would meet Sargsyan only in Liberty Square or a nearby café. He stressed that he would end his hunger strike at the moment of his choosing, at the same time insisting that it wasn’t an obstacle to talks on a “complex solution” to end the current standoff.