Karabakh’s First Foreign Minister, Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan, Dies

Former Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan (Source: Armenpress)
Former Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan (Source: Armenpress)

Former Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan (Source: Armenpress)

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.

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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    A very big loss. So sad.
    Having been in the actual trenches, he continued his fight till his last days, using the Truth as his new weapon.
    May he rest in peace, may God bless his soul.

    BTW, he was in the process of publishing a news book. If someone could also translate it into English, and publish it. It’s packed with hard facts.

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