Intellectuals Request Markarian’s Freedom

Intellectuals concerned with the past two-three years of political unrest in Armenia–wrote a letter addressed to Levon Ter-Petrosyan stating the need for "national cooperation and civil rights" in order to "preserve the independence of the nation and to solve fundamental national issues."

"It is obvious that the current situation can be resolved if there is national effort to iron out domestic issues," the letter read.

The cosigners also recognized Ter-Petrosyan’s role in the process–calling it his "moral responsibility." The first step in fulfilling his responsibilities would be to release from prison Hrand Markarian–the intellectuals requested.

The letter was signed by the following individuals:

Academician Levon Hakhverdian–Dean of the Institute of the Arts at the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian Republic;

Vladimir Gigoyan–Associate Dean of the M. Apeghian Literary Institute;

Academician Mikayel Kotanyan–Dean of the Institute of Economy at the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian Republic;

Academician L. Aghalovyan–Dean of the Institute of Mechanics at the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian Republic;

Academician Sh. Badanyan–Dean of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian Republic;

Academician G. Gharagozian–Dean of the Institute of Molecular Biology at the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian Republic.

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