by Ashot Safaryan
The parliamentary majority represented by the Republican Party has no intention to settle the problems in the gas and transport systems. Setting up an ad hoc committee on gas issues, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia just piling up issues to wash out the major problem, Levon Zurabyan, Head of the Armenian National Congress Faction, said in the Parliament, Tuesday.
"You have regularly refused to study the provisions of the gas agreements with Russia. You just do not want to enter a field where you are very weak. Your actions depend on your fear of Russia. You are afraid to raise issues that may spoil your relations with Moscow," Zurabyan said addressing the Republicans.
He is sure that the public protests and the committee could be used as an important instrument in the negotiations for revision of the agreements. ANC and other non-governmental forces demand transparent activity and open meetings of the ad hoc committee. Meanwhile, the parliamentary majority is against the idea of open meetings of the committee, Zurabyan said.
To recall, the agreement with Russia, particularly the increased gas tariff for Armenian consumers and transfer of the Government's 20% in ArmRusgasprom Company to Russia in exchange for a debt sparked public outrage in the country.