Released Armenian pilots to return home on 9 June


A1+ web site in Russian 6 Jun 05

Armenian Radio 1in Armenian 7 Jun05

The official representative of Armenia and employee of the Foreign
Ministry, Gevorg Petrosyan, left for the capital of Equatorial Guinea,
Malabo, today to organize the return of Armenian pilots.

In a press release the Foreign Ministry said that Armenia is very much
pleased with the release of the Armenian pilots and expressed its
gratitude to the Equatorial Guinea authorities, in particular, to
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema for his compassionate attitude towards
the pilots.

By the way, the law enforcement bodies of that country have been
ordered to release the pilots immediately and send them back to

All the charges against Commander Ashot Karapetyan, second pilot
Samvel Darbinyan, navigator Samvel Mahkalyan, technicians Razmik
Khachatryan and Suren Muradyan and engineer Ashot Simonyan were

(The Armenian radio reported today that the pilots, who have been
released from jail several days ago and who are now being treated in
hospital, will be brought back to Armenia on 9 June)