SOLELY PACE CO-RAPPORTEUR ON ARMENIA IS MISSING IN RULING PARTY'S ELECTION LIST - FORMER OFFICIAL - NEWSPAPER
- YEREVAN. - Aravot daily interviewed Armenian capital Yerevan's former Mayor and former Minister of Internal Affairs, Suren Abrahamyan. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
The future [Armenian] parliament's likely makeup seems to be outlined. What will you say in this regard?
The [election] lists that are publicized after the authorities' bombastic statements bespeak the volume of election fraud [to be committed] in the upcoming elections. After seeing the lists, it is clear that great hopes should not be placed upon the newly forming parliament. It is [altogether] another issue if political processes had taken place and the elections were held subsequently. But sadly, it is meaningless to speak about objective elections today. [And] With respect to [the ruling coalition's Republican Party of Armenia] RPA's list, to tell you the truth, I was expecting for [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Co-Rapporteur on Armenia, John] Prescott's name to be on the list. Alas, he was not included in the list. I suppose he will not be too upset.
- 1724 The Armenians and Azeri Turks of Gandzak sign an agreement to stand up to the Ottoman Turks.
- 1873 Birth of Nikolay Aghbalyan (educator). He died in 1947.
- 1894 The Hntshak Party figure Jeerayr was hung in Yozghat.
- 1903 Birth of philosopher and art historian, Hrant Apresian.
- 1922 Opening of the State Bank of the Armenian SSR.
- 1932 Birth of Vladimir Yengibarian, world famous boxer, European, World, and Olympic Games' champion, international referee.
- 1934 Birth of American Orientalist Robert Thomson. He was awarded a PhD from Cambridge University for Assyrian and Armenian translations. He translated the "Armenian History" by Agathangelos.
- 1988 The Presidency of the Supreme Soviet of Armenia decided to stop the "Gharabagh" Committee by considering its activity illegal and anti-constitutional.
- 1988 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union appoints Arkadi Volski as its authorized representative in the territory of Artsakh.
- 1992 The Helsinki Additional Meeting of the CSCE (now Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE) Council decides to have a Chairman-in-Office visit the region to contribute to the establishment and the maintenance of a cease-fire in Transcaucasia.