Armenia Marks Parliament Attack Anniversary

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Senior Armenian government officials marked the fifth anniversary of the 1999 attack on Armenia’s parliament by visiting the Yerablur military cemetery in Yerevan–where eight top government officials are laid to rest alongside hundreds of Armenia’s who died during the 1991-94 war in Mountainous Karabagh.

Prime Minister Andranik Markarian visited in the morning together with members of his government–parliamentarians–and senior law-enforcement officials. "The 1999 terrorist act pushed Armenia’several years back," Markarian said after laying flowers at his predecessor’s grave. He said the two assassinated leaders laid the groundwork for Armenia’s economic recovery.

Foreign minister Vartan Oskanian–who also was at the cemetery–said Armenia’should reinforce its borders to prevent the country from becoming a transit route for terrorists.

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