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‘We Need to Turn the Page on March 1’: Dashnak MP

In the case of March 1, everything is disclosed — there remains only one question: who was killed from whose bullet? This was stated by Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun, or ARF-D) MP Aghvan Vardanyan (pictured) at a briefing in Armenia's parliament today. When he was asked if he agrees with fellow MP Alexander Arzoumanian when he said the events of March 1 won't be uncovered as long as the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) remains in power, Vardanyan said this is not that issue for which a change of regime is required.

"It's time to turn the political page on March 1. As a political page, we must bypass this page, but the victims' legal successors must be compensated," said the ARF-D MP.

Journalists reminded the deputy that Arzoumanian yesterday also accused the ARF-D, stating that all parliamentary factions except for the Armenian National Congress and the Heritage Party participated in concealing the events of March 1, 2008. 

"I didn't hear him accusing [us] in covering up [the events], but if such a thing was said, he is sadly mistaken. Our representative worked night and day in the Nikoyan Commission [set up to investigate the events of March 1, 2008]. There can be no accusation against the Dashnaktsutyun. The only thing spoken about was that after March 1, the ARF-D was part of the [ruling] coalition, and that's another story," he said.

Vardanyan mentioned that he won't be participating in the March 1 rally organized by the Armenian National Congress at Liberty Square tomorrow.

Recall, on Mar. 1–2, 2008, the forceful dispersal of peaceful protests of supporters of unsuccessful opposition presidential candidate, Armenian National Congress leader Levon Ter-Petrossian resulted in the death of 10 people and the arrest of hundreds of opposition members.