A total of 124 intellectuals have called for supporting the “Armenia” bloc—led by second President Robert Kocharyan—in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election. The call reads as follows, in particular:
“Armenian statehood is facing a most serious challenge today.
A total of 124 intellectuals on Wednesday called for support to the Armenia bloc led by second Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, stating it is capable of stopping the country’s collapse.
“The Armenian statehood is facing a serious challenge today. Due to the destructive policies of the ruling regime, a war was imposed on us with painful losses. As a result of the policies pursued for three years, our society is experiencing a deep moral, political and security crisis. Our defeats are deepening, pushing the people to see a way out of the situation in emigration or to adapt to the inertia of defeat,” they said in a statement.
“At this crucial time, Armenian intellectuals have no moral right to remain silent. On the one hand, the imperative to stop the loss of the Armenian statehood and on the other hand, the responsibility for the future have obliged us to make our voices heard.
“The June 20 elections will determine the prospects of the Armenian people as a nation with common goals and Armenia as a state.
“We are convinced that at this crucial time the preferred political force fighting for the future of the Republic of Armenia is the Armenia bloc, since the national, state and political forces and figures united in it are capable of stopping the collapse of the country, strengthening the Armenian statehood and restoring our hurt dignity.
“Dear compatriots, at this crucial time, we have no right to be deceived again, let’s unite around the Armenia bloc for the sake of our future generations, the continuation of our creative activity and the real victories of the Armenian people,” the statement reads.