Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   24 June

Mother See urges Raffi Hovhannisian to stop hunger strike


YEREVAN, MARCH 15, ARMENPRESS. The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin issued a statement regarding the post- election developments in Armenia. The statement the Information System of the Mother See conveyed to "Armenpress" runs as follows:

"Following the post-election developments and comments made during it we want to state the following. We highly appreciate the soberness of our people which has become the guarantee of peaceful and civilized conduction of elections. Taking into consideration the reports and assessments of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Armenia and observation missions, and other information, the Mother See Holy Ejmiatsin has clearly expressed its position over the election results and the attempt to make the Church, the Catholicos and even the Gospel, used during president's inauguration ceremony, as subjects of political speculations is inadmissible."

The Holy See also urged the people to pray and be guided by brotherly love and solidarity spirit during the Period of the Great Lent, restraining from manifestations of intolerance and hatred.

The Holy See also called on Raffi Hovannisian to stop the hunger strike and choose a more constructive way of political struggle. The church does not justify hunger-strike as it is a life-threatening action.



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