Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Arkady Ghukasian Gets Diplomatic Post in Armenia

Tuesday March 17, 2009

Arkady Ghukasian, the former president of Nagorno-Karabakh, has been appointed to Armenia's diplomatic service as ambassador-at-large, President Serzh Sarkisian's office said on Tuesday.

In a short statement, it said a relevant decree signed by Sarkisian also granted Ghukasian the diplomatic rank of ambassador. The statement did not specify his concrete areas of responsibility or say whether he will be involved in Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh.

A spokesman for Sarkisian also could not clarify that when contacted by RFE/RL. Samvel Farmanian only cited an Armenian law on diplomatic service which tasks ambassadors-at-large with “solving certain issues” in the country's foreign relations.

Ghukasian, 51, served as president of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from 1997 and 2007. The former journalist decided not to seek a third term office before handing over power to his favored successor, Bako Sahakian, in September 2007.

In a 2006 interview with RFE/RL, Ghukasian said that he will not follow the example of other prominent Karabakh Armenians like Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian and continue his political activities in Armenia.

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