ARMEN SMBATIAN:THE SEARCH WORKS OF CRASHED A-320 AIRBUS WILL CONTINUE
UNLESS WE LOSE HOPE TO FIND ANYTHING

Yerevan, May 6. ArmInfo. The search works in the place of the May 3
plane crash will continue, unless we lose hope to find anything.

Armen Smbatian, RA Ambassador to Russia, said in the interview
to ArmInfo.

He said that the experts are going to use not only Russian diving
and submarine equipment but also foreign equipment in the search works.

At present, it is expected that foreign experts will arrive in Sochi
to find out whether their equipment will work in the conditions of
the Black Sea. Particularly, the experts from Cyprus, Italy, Great
Britain and France are expected to work with the Russian rescuers and
divers. In response to the question whether the experts will decide
to stop the search works, Armen Smbatian said that this may happen
only in case the experts are merely unable to pull out the black
boxes. But he added that he doesn't lose hope.

Smbatian said that the relatives of the unidentified victims undergo
DNA expertise, at present. A group of relatives will return to Armenia
today, the rest will do that tomorrow. Those who didn't find the
bodies of their relatives take symbolic ground and water to bury
in Armenia. According to the latest data, 51 bodies have already
been found.

Mr. Smbatian said that he will stay in Sochi till the end of the search
works. "The search operation will last for three more weeks," he said.