Zori Balayan Calls for Ter Petrosyan Resignation
YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"It happened so that you were the first president of Armenia and your last step must be worthy of an image of the first president. Revolution idols should leave in time. That is the lesson of the history–which may be vindictive and rancorous," reads an open letter by well-known publicist Zori Balayan addressed to Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
The author expressed in his letter his discontent and indignation over Levon Ter-Petrosyan's stance on the Karabakh issue.
Balayan wrote that Karabakh is the reason for the violation of Ter-Petrosyan's five-year-long "silence."
According to him–Armenia and Karabakh have been offered time to solve the problem by the end of the year. At the same time–the policy of blackmail is applied in relation to Armenia and Karabakh–in particular–a hint of economic and other sanctions.
The author was bewildered over Ter-Petrosyan's argument and Armenia will not become a normal state unless the Karabakh issue is solved–and hence–the blockade will not be removed.
"I do not consider you as a naive man. I am convinced that you believe in the removal of the blockade as much as you believed in a miracle that Antelias and St Echmiadzin would unify after the election of a new Catholicos. Of course–Azerbaijan will unblock the way with pleasure–knowing that if necessary–it can close it for another round of bargain."
In response to Ter-Petrosyan's words about five versions of solution–Balayan notes: "The people of Karabakh think that there is only one way–and to speak about a package or a step-by-step solution is all the same... agreeing to a step-by-step version–you untie the hands of butchers who already feel like winners."
As for Ter-Petrosyan's admitting his numerous mistakes–Balayan brings Thomas Jefferson's example–when an official's personal shortcomings are turning into a crime of the state system in case there is no division of powers.
"Only you can prevent a disaster and only if you set a date for new elections before the time–when international community in person of some OSCE forces foists a fatal version on Karabakh... I would not advise to equal yourself and Karabakh. Karabakh will remain even if you have to leave. Moreover–your deliberate–well-considered and timely resignation will only strengthen it."
Thursday, October 16, 1997