YEREVAN (A.W.)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau member and leader of the party’s parliamentary bloc, Vahan Hovhanessian, on Sept. 3 confirmed that the Sarkisian government had offered him the position of ambassador—and that he has accepted.
In an interview with Yerkir.am, Hovhanessian debunked false rumors about the offer, clarifying that it does not signal a shift in the party’s political standing, nor does it undermine its status as an opposition party. He noted that the offer was made solely to him, and has nothing to do with the party.
Since Hovhanessian’s acceptance, the Armenian media has been abuzz with news that he will be appointed ambassador of Armenia to Germany. Hovhanessian has not yet confirmed the destination of his ambassadorship, only that he will represent Armenia. The ARF Bureau has approved his position for ambassadorship.
Hovhanessian condemned the rumors in the media that alleged a shift in ARF’s policy in order to confuse the public. “The work of an ARF leader in diplomacy in no way deters the party,” concluded Hovhanessian. The offer, he said, will not influence the politics of the party, nor does it aim to advance cooperation with the ARF. A prospective agreement with the Sarkissian Administration is out of the question, he explained, adding that the offer “does not signal any change in my political views and beliefs, since the offer is only practical in nature.”
Hovhanessian the Armenian Parliamentary delegation to EuroNest and is the current co-chairman of that body. He’s had active roles in Armenia’s delegation to the NATO Partnership for Peace Program and the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Program. His delegation marked successful achievements in foreign policy, despite the unfavorable conditions that they had to face.