Hrant Markarian Re Applies for Citizenship

YEREVAN (Yerevan News Agency)–Nagorno-Karabakh liberation struggle leader and a defendant in the so-called "Dro" trial Hrant Markarian–once again–applied for Armenian citizenship after not receiving a response for two previous applications.

In a letter to Levon Ter-Petrosyan dated Saturday–Markarian discusses the provisions of Armenia’s citizenship law and tells the leader that the current letter was his third attempt at applying for citizenship.

Markarian also explained that he and his family relocated to Armenia in 1990 and since 1994 he has been imprisoned. He added that the unfair charges of traveling with fake documen’s and bearing illegal arms were absurd–but he would not address those fake charges in the writing.

He asked Ter-Petrosyan to grant him citizenship so he could serve his jail term as an Armenian citizen.

"Armenia is my only homeland," wrote Markarian in the letter stressing that living on one’s homeland was an individual’s inherent right and "I believe no one has the right to refuse any person of that natural existence."

Following a request by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s embassy in Yerevan–Ter-Petrosyan has recently ordered the release of all Iranian nationals kept in Armenian jails–reported the IRNA news agency

During a meeting with that Iran’s ambassador to Armenia Hamid Reza Nik-Kar Esfehani Ter-Petrosyan said that there were no limitation for expansion of Armenia’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran

He expressed hope that by appointing the new Iranian and Armenian heads of the two countries joint economic commission–the second session of the commission would be held soon.

Armenia attaches great importance to Iran’s proposals on further promotion of Tehran-Yerevan relations–the Armenian president said welcoming any suggestion by Iran to improve performance of the joint economic commission.

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