ARKA News Agency – 06/24/2004

ARKA News Agency
June 24 2004

Today Armenian officers to leave Baku for Tbilisi

Italian edition of Charles Aznavour’s memoirs presented in Milano
Theater Dal Verme



YEREVAN, June 24. /ARKA/. The Armenian officers participating in
conference on planning of filed exercises of NATO Cooperative Best
Efforts – 2004 to leave today Baku for Tbilisi, as stated by RA
defense Minister Arthur Aghabekyan. Touching upon the incident
related to staying of the Armenian officers in Azerbaijani capital,
Aghabekyan stated that the Azerbaijani authorities underestimated the
`opposition movement in Baku’. At the same time, in his opinion, the
incident was not directly organized by Azerbaijani authorities. At
the same time, he said that on the first day of the conference the RA
Defense Ministry demanded that the US Embassy in Baku was in charge
of security of the Armenian officers, however after insisting request
of the Azerbaijani side, the RA Defense Ministry agreed that this was
done by the Azerbaijani side. He also added that two days of the
conference went calmly and the Armenian side was given a number of
positions on exercises. `We, as minimum have five various positions
for officers on subdivision and on headquarter level, Aghabekyan said
adding that possibly an Armenian journalist would participate in the
exercises. He also said that to all probabilities 5-7 Armenian
officers to participate in Baku exercises.
On evening, June 21 Armenian officers – Colonel Murad Isakhanyan and
Senior Lieutenant Aram Hovhannisyan representing the Armenian
delegation arrived in Baku for participation in the conference.
To remind that on the eve of the conference, the activists of
Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) made an attempt to hamper a
three -day final conference in Baku devoted to planning of field
exercises Cooperative Best Efforts -04. KLO protesting against the
arrival of the Armenian delegation in Baku, KLO organized a picket in
front of Hotel Europe where the conference is going on. On June 22
around 100 picketers continued action protest and even 3-4 members of
eth organization were able to cross the police cordons as well as
security employees and approaching the doors of the hall where the
session was on. Seeing that the doors were closed they by broking the
door entered the hall, from where they were pushed out.
Simultaneously other members of the KLO tried closing the traffic on
the Tbilisi Avenue, where the hotel was located. The hotel was
patrolled by intensive unit of the police. T.M. -0–



YEREVAN, June 24. /ARKA/. Italian edition of famous French singer of
Armenian origin Charles Aznavour’s memoirs `Past days’ was presented
in Milano Theater Dal Verme As RA Foreign Ministry Information and
Press department told ARKA, the ceremony of the event was opened by
the Director of the largest publishing group RCS Libri Feruccio de
Bartoli. After this former Italian Ambassador in Russia Sergio Romano
red a paper `Reasons of Forgetting the Armenian Genocide’. Famous
Italian piano player Michele Campanella performed on the concert
organized on occasion of the presentation of the book.
The book is published by famous Italian publishing house Rizoli. The
presentation was attended by RA Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary in Italy Gagik Baghdasaryan. T.M. -0–