YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—The first Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Repbulic, Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan, has passed away after a prolonged battle with illness, according to Armenpress. Shahnazryan was a political analyst and director of the Voskanapat Analytical Center.
Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan was born in 1958 in Kirovabad. In 1974, he joined the Tashkent Institute of Russian Language and Literature. Melik-Shahnazaryan moved to Artsakh in 1988 where he served as the deputy leader of the “Unity” movement.
In November-December of 1988, Melik-Shahnazryan led the self-defense units in Gandzak against Azeribaijani forces. In 1991, he was elected as a deputy of the National Assembly of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. From 1992 to 1995, he chaired the NKR National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Relations.
Melik-Shahnazaryan moved to Yerevan in 1997 where he was engaged in lecturing and analytical activities. He has authored over 500 articles on political science.
Melik-Shahnazaryan was married and had three children.