Via State Department’s official website:

Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 1, 2008

All Political Forces in Armenia Should Avoid Violence and Engage in Political Dialogue

The U.S. deeply regrets today’s unrest in Yerevan, Armenia, and calls on all sides to avoid further violence, act fully within the law, exercise maximum restraint, and resume political dialogue. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried spoke today with Armenian PM Sargsian to make these points. The U.S. Charge d’Affaires has been in touch with the opposition to deliver this same message. Both sides are responsible for helping to re-establish order and return to political dialogue. Any unlawful actions such as violence and looting worsen the situation and must stop. We hope that the State of Emergency declared today will be lifted promptly and that political dialogue resumes. Political dialogue is the best way for all concerned Armenians to demonstrate responsible leadership and support for the future of Armenia and democracy.


Released on March 1, 2008