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Armenian Revolutionary Federation Quits Government

Armen Rustamian announces the decision to leave Armenia's ruling coalition.
YEREVAN -- The Armenian Revolutionary Federation--Dashnaktsutiun party said on April 27 that it is leaving the ruling coalition, after meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Dashnaktsutiun leader Armen Rustamian said "the president's explanations [on the 'road map' for normalizing Turkish-Armenian relations] did not satisfy us."

He added that Armenia has ended its insistence on the unconditional establishment of diplomatic relations and the reopening of the border between the two countries.

But Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian insisted on April 27 that Turkey and Armenia are heading for a settlement "without preconditions," and said the agreement contains "no provisions and principles."

Rustamian also said that the Turkish-Armenian rapprochement could deter more countries from officially recognizing the mass killing of Armenians nearly 100 years ago as genocide.

Rustamian said Dashnaktsutiun members of the executive and legislative branches of government have already started resigning.

Rustamian said Dashnaktsutiun will not seek to topple Sarkisian or force early elections at this time.

Dashnaktsutiun's exit will still leave Sarkisian with a comfortable majority in the parliament.