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Armenia: Opposition Calls For United Front

Prague, 17 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Armenia's main opposition parties called on other political groups today to join forces with them to create a united front.

Our correspondent says the call from the five main opposition parties was made at a round table discussion in the capital Yerevan.

About 10 small groups have said they may be interested in joining a broad front which leaders say aims to turn Armenia into a "democratic and legal state." A document is expected to be drawn up in the near future outlining the goals and structure of the front.

Our correspondent says speakers at today's discussion generally advocated a more active and forceful strategy against president Levon Ter-Petrossian's administration.

The opposition refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the official results of September 1996 presidential elections which were marred by widespread irregularities.