HAMLET GASPARIAN: NEWS SPREAD BY AZERBAIJANI MEDIA ABOUT ARMENIAN OFFICERS COMPLETE ASPERATION

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Mar 20 2006

YEREVAN, MARCH 20, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. Only the Armenian
officers' names are true from the news spread by Azerbaijani media
concerning officers of the RA Police and Ministry of Defence, the other
is a complete asperation. Hamlet Gasparian, the RA Foreign Ministry's
Press Secretary informed about this, at the media request, commenting
upon the information of the Azerbaijani press. Azerbaijani media
informed that RA Police officer Gevorg Voskanian who participated in
the courses of the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies
in the German city of Garmisch-Partenkirchner, made an attempt of rape
towards representative of Ukraine Natalia Kostroma and was expelled
of the courses for this reason. Major Artem Hakobian, the RA Defence
Ministry's representative, is defamed in another information. It's
spoken about the latter that he was rebuked seriously by the
Marshall Center administration for making insulting statements in
the address of Georgia. Hamlet Gasparian stated that Gevorg Voskanian
and Artem Hakobian participated in those courses from September 23,
2005. Just from the beginning of the courses, Major Voskanian's
health state became poor and he had to return Armenia on October
4 by the Marshall Center's agreement to get urgent treatment. In
response to the above-mentioned information of the Azerbaijani press,
the Marshall Center also proved this, mentioning that "accusations
against Armenian Police Major Gevorg Voskanian are baseless, he wasn't
involved in any unpleasant event because of which was expelled of the
courses." It's stated on the occasion of the other officer in the same
written response, that Major Artem Hakobian finished with success the
courses with the duration from September 23 to December 16, 2005, and
returned Armenia, and the Marshall Center doesn't know about any case
connected with the latter. "The administration of the George Marshall
European Center for Security Studies didn't rebuke any representative
of the RA Ministry of Defence," is mentioned in the statement. "The
fact that the Azerbaijani side makes a usual attempt to compromise
the Armenian officers participating in the international courses,
proves once more that the policy of the Azerbaijani hatred towards
Armenians reached the state level and this is done in a planned and
consistent way. And under this light, the wild murder of the Armenian
officer by the Azerbaijani "national hero" in Budapest isn't seemed
at all to be an accidental action," the RA Foreign Ministry's Press
Secretary emphasized.