Ministry Refutes Kurdish Base Presence in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Interior and National Security Ministry released a statement Tuesday refuting the existence of Kurdish bases in Armenia.

"Recently–the press has periodically touched upon the subject regarding the disappearance of Armenian citizen–Rostom Rafikovich Shamoyan–being investigated by the Shahumian Interior Department.

"Meanwhile–while covering the said story a member of the Presidential Human Rights Commission Omar Mamoyan–according to the information published in the November 10 issue of the "Respublica Armenia" daily newspaper–stated during a meeting that Shamoyan had been allegedly kidnapped by Kurdish fighters who penetrated Armenia. He also stated that he could identify the location of Kurdish militants based in Armenia–adding that there were two field commanders operating in Yerevan.

"However–Mamoyan later addressed the republican mass media where he denied having made any such statement–ensuring that his commen’s were twisted by the reporter.

"Based on the aforementioned occurrences–the Armenian ministry of interior and national security would like to announced that there have never been any bases related either to the Kurdish movement or militants of this movement in Armenia. All possible measures to find Shamoyan’s whereabouts have been taken–including steps by the national security infrastructure.

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