President of the European People's Party Wilfried Martens has sent a congratulatory message to leader of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) Serzh Sargsyan.
"Your Excellency, I was informed with pain about the tragic accident that took place during the May 4 rally of the Republican Party of Armenia in Yerevan, leaving people injured.
Accept my sympathy and willingness to overcome the consequences of what happened. We pray for the victims and express our support to their families and relatives.
Despite that painful incident, your political party scored an excellent victory in the elections. In addition, the parliamentary elections held in the Republic of Armenia on 6 May 2012 were mainly free and fair. They were held with an improved legislation, were organized professionally and in an atmosphere of transparency ahead of the day of the elections.
Taking the opportunity, I would like to sincerely congratulate you.
I congratulate you for your efforts that contribute to all this.
However, this doesn't mean that there is no framework for the improvement of democratic processes in the Republic of Armenia since there were certain problems in relation to the application of new rules on the day of the elections.
With that said, I would like to encourage you, the government and the Republican Party of Armenia to continue to work on improving the electoral process and eventually democracy in the country."