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The Center’s most important events and activities, including meetings, visits, conferences, roundtables and seminars, receptions, interviews and media comments

March 2008
2   Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian cuts short his participation in the Council of Europe’s official observation mission of the Russian presidential elections, returns from St. Petersburg to Yerevan in the wake of Armenia’s national tragedy and the imposed state of emergency.
   
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Raffi Hovannisian meets with EU Special Representative Heikki Talvitie.

Hovannisian meets with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Ambassador Peter Semneby, covered by Azg daily, 168 Zham weekly online, Hayinfo news agency, and Radio Liberty.

Center associate Stiopa Safarian gives interview to Haik daily.
   
4   Hovannisian meets with the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Garegin II.
   
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Raffi Hovannisian receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Matthew Bryza and US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Pennington.

Hovannisian meets with Chairman John Prescott of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) Ad Hoc Committee, covered by Hayots Ashkharh and Hayastani Hanrapetutiun dailies, Hayinfo, Regnum, Armenpress and Arminfo news agencies, Armradio.am, Azatutyun.am, Panorama.am and Novosti Armenia sites, and by Public Radio.

Safarian gives interview to Zhamanak online.
   
8  

Center senior analyst Tatoul Hakobian gives interview to Zhamanak daily of Istanbul on “Armenian-Turkish Relations and Armenia’s Domestic Challenges.”

Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “Elections Have Never Been a Holiday in Armenia” is referenced in the Armenian Reporter.
   
12   Raffi Hovannisian meets with Head of the European Commission Delegation in Armenia Ambassador Raul de Lutzenberger and French Ambassador Serge Smessow.
   
13   ACNIS convenes a policy roundtable on “Artsakh and the Kosovo Precedent: Causes and Effects,” covered by Hayots Ashkharh and Azg dailies, Urbat Report weekly, Hayinfo and Armenpress news agencies, Day.Az, Asbarez.com, Lragir.am and Novosti Armenia sites, Radio Liberty and Public Radio, and by Kentron television.
   
14

Raffi Hovannisian meets with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, covered by Hayastani Hanrapetutiun daily, Armenpress and Arminfo news agencies.

Analyst Tatoul Hakobian is the guest of “Urvagits” program on Kentron television.

Hakobian’s article on “The Kosovo Precedent Is Uncertain in Armenia” is covered by Urbat weekly.

Center research assistant Veronika Mkrtchian meets Guido de Graaf Bierbrauwer, senior program officer for the Pax Christi Center.
   
15  

Tatoul Hakobian gives interview to French Armenian radio on Armenia’s external political challenges following presidential elections.

Hakobian’s article on “Sometimes the Color of ‘Color Revolutions’ is Blood” is published by the Armenian Reporter.
   
16   Stiopa Safarian comments on the Mountainous Karabagh issue, covered by 168 Zham daily, Mediamax news agency, and Public Radio.
   
17   Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “Parallels between Mountainous Karabagh and Kosovo” is referenced in Aztag Armenian daily of Beirut.
   
17-19   In Paris, France, Raffi Hovannisian attends and addresses the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee).
   
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Raffi Hovannisian meets with Ambassador Peter Semneby.

Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “What Is the Outside World Saying About Us?” is covered by Urbat Report weekly.
   
22   Hakobian’s article on “UN Vote Seen As Damaging the Karabagh Peace Process” is printed in the Armenian Reporter.
   
23   Raffi Hovannisian celebrates Holy Easter at the Mother See of St. Etchmiadzin, congratulates His Holiness Catholicos Garegin II.
   
24   Hakobian’s article on “What Was The West Proposing and Promoting?” is published by Aztag Armenian daily of Beirut.
   
25   Center administrator Karapet Kalenchian attends official Greek National Day reception.
   
26-27 In Sofia, Bulgaria, Stiopa Safarian attends and addresses Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee’s 30th meeting, confers with Vice Chairman Lyuben Kornezov of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria and Chairman Petar Kanev of the Bulgarian PABSEC delegation.
   
26 Center public affairs staff member Ashkhen Musheghian attends Romanian Embassy reception on culture and francophonie.
   
27 ACNIS convenes a policy roundtable on “NATO Enlargement Toward the Caucasus: Viewpoints From Yerevan,” covered by Azg, Hayastani Hanrapetutiun, Iskakan Iravunk and Hraparak dailies, Noyan Tapan Highlights weekly newspaper,  Arminfo, Mediamax, Noyan Tapan, Hayinfo and Arka news agencies, Novosti Armenia, Panorama.am and Day.Az sites, and by Radio Liberty.
     
28 Hakobian’s article on “Yerevan No Longer Rules Out MKR’s Recognition” is covered by Urbat Report weekly.
     
28-29  

In Athens, Greece, Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian confers with Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and newly-elected PACE President Lluís Maria de Puig.

Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “Mountainous Karabagh’s Recognition” is referenced in Urbat Report weekly.
     
29   Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “March 1 Opened a New Page in Armenia’s History” is covered by the Armenian Reporter.
     
31   Hakobian’s article on “Is It Time for MKR’s Recognition?” is covered by Aztag Armenian daily of Beirut.

 
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