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

April 2008

Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian meets with the Ago Monitoring Group of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, covered by Hayastani Hanrapetutiun daily, Noyan Tapan, Armenpress and A1+ news agencies, Panorama.am, Armradio.am, Lragir.am and Amenialiberty.am sites.

Hovannisian receives Bulgarian Ambassador Todor Marinov Staykov and meets with the United Kingdom’s Ambassador Charles Lonsdale, covered by Noyan Tapan news agency, Panorama.am and Lragir.am sites.

Hovannisian gives interview to Radio Liberty.


Center director of administration Karapet Kalenchian welcomes Vladimir Kurin, Deputy Military Attaché of the Russian Embassy.

Kalenchian and Center research assistant Veronica Mkrtchian attend opening ceremony of the “Armenia-Romania: Cultural Ties” exhibition.

Raffi Hovannisian receives official Ukrainian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, covered by Novosti Armenia news agency, Lragir.am site.

Kalenchian attends exhibition on 90th anniversary of Armenian-Ukrainian diplomatic ties.

Center research coordinator Syuzanna Barseghian and senior analyst Hovsep Khurshudian attend tender presentation of USAID “Mobilizing Action Against Corruption Activity and Advocacy” grant program.

Center senior analyst Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “Georgia and Ukraine Do Not Meet NATO Standards” is referenced in Urbat Report weekly.
5   Research fellow Stiopa Safarian gives interview to “Ankakh Tesaket” program on Radio Hay.
7   Raffi Hovannisian gives interview to E-Channel news agency on Mountainous Karabagh.

Syuzanna Barseghian attends Quo Vadis Forum of non-governmental organizations.


Raffi Hovannisian receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Matthew Bryza.

Hovannisian meets with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Ambassador Peter Semneby.


Center chief accountant Gohar Azatian attends accountancy training program.

Stiopa Safarian gives public policy interview to Yerrord Uzh weekly.

Center senior analyst Tatoul Hakobian’s article on “Who and Why Do They Recognize the Independence of Kosovo?” is referenced in Urbat Report weekly.


In Strasbourg, France, Raffi Hovannisian attends and addresses 2008 plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as well as the meetings of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education and its Sub-Committee on the Cultural Heritage and the Sub-Committee on the Media; the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments of Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights and its Sub-Committee on Human Rights, the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs, and the Group of the European People’s Party and its Bureau; and confers with General Rapporteur on the Cultural Heritage Edward O’Hara, Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, France’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner, and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Slovak Foreign Minister Jan Kubis.


Center director of administration Karapet Kalenchian attends Iranian Embassy reception on the occasion of the Iranian Armed Forces’ Day, confers with Ambassador Seyed Ali Saghayan.

ACNIS convenes a policy roundtable on “Armenia’s European Integration Prospects,” covered by Aravot daily, Public Radio, and by Panorama.am site.

18   Research fellow Stiopa Safarian participates in roundtable on “What Should Be Done to Overcome the Domestic Political Crisis and the Tension Among Civilians?,” covered by Radio Liberty and Public Radio, and by AR, Kentron, Yerkir Media and Shant televisions.
19   Raffi Hovannisian gives interview to Public Radio.

In Belgrade, Serbia and Pristina, Kosovo, Raffi Hovannisian attends and addresses meetings of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, confers with NATO ambassadors; Deputy Speaker Miloljub Albijanic of the Serbian National Assembly; Chairman Marko Djurisic of the Serbian delegation to the NATO PA and several MPs representing the Standing Committees on European Integration, on Kosovo and Metohija, and on Defense and Security; Deputy Minister for Kosovo Ljubomir Kljakic; Deputy Foreign Minister Borislav Stefanovic; Lieutenant General Zdravko Ponos, Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff; officials of the Atlantic Council of Serbia; Serbian NGO representatives and university students; Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu and members of government; Speaker Jakup Krasniqi, parliamentary leaders, and minority representatives of the Assembly of Kosovo; Ambassador Tim Guldimann of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo; Ambassador Lawrence Rossin, Principal Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General; Ambassadors Pieter Feith and Roy Reeve of the European Union Representation in Kosovo; as well as KFOR Deputy Commander Major General Gerhard Stelz and other high-ranking officers.

24   Center staff lay wreath at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial to the victims of the 1915 Genocide, covered by A1+ news agency.

Raffi K. Hovannisian gives interview to Radio Liberty on Armenia’s policy challenges.


Raffi Hovannisian holds current affairs press conference at the National Press Club.

Hovannisian is the guest of “Urvagits” program on Kentron television.

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