Armenian president offers condolences over Pope's death

Mediamax news agency
3 Apr 05


Armenian President Robert Kocharyan sent a telegram of condolence to
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano on the death of Pope
John Paul II today, the presidential spokesman, Viktor Sogomonyan, has
told Mediamax.

The telegram said: "The Armenian people, along with the entire
Christian world grieve over the death of Pope John Paul II, who was
greatly respected and loved by the entire humanity."

"The blessed memory of John Paul II will always remain in our
hearts. We will never forget the Pontiff's blessings, great respect
and cordiality towards our people which we saw during the historic
visit of John Paul II to Armenia and our last meeting at the Vatican
in January this year," the telegram of the Armenian president said.

[Passage omitted: minor details]