ANDRANIK'S SWORD AND ORDERS HANDED TO THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF ARMENIA

Public Radio, Armenia
Nov 29 2006

RA Defense Minister Serge Sargsyan handed the sword and orders of
Andranik Ozanyan to the History Museum of Armenia.

After the ceremony Serge Sargsyan told the journalists that for some
period of time these were kept in the Armenian Embassy in France
and were later conveyed to Armenia through diplomatic ways. In the
Minister's words, the sword was bought at the expense of non-budgetary
funds of the Defense Ministry. Serge Sargsyan refused to mention the
cost of the sword, refuting the rumors about any oligarch's assistance.

In response to the question whether today's ceremony can be assessed
as a pre-election step, the Minister noted he does not have such
fears. "We must do our work, the biter tongues should do theirs. If
someone thinks that I have been specially searching for Andranik's
sword all over the world to hold an election campaign, I leave it on
their conscience," Serge Sargsyan declared.