Leaders pan Nagorno-Karabakh elections

YEREVAN, Armenia, July 24 (UPI) -- Presidential "elections" in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have added fuel the long-simmering conflict there, world leaders say.

Azeri forces practice near disputed turf

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 11 (UPI) -- The military in Azerbaijan announced it started a three-day military exercise near the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Van Rompuy: Armenia must settle conflict

YEREVAN, Armenia, July 6 (UPI) -- Armenia needs to do more to settle its conflict with Azerbaijan if it wants closer political ties with the EU, the European Council's leader said this week.

Azeri forces ready with Armenian response

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 8 (UPI) -- Armenian forces intervened in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as a statement of sorts to a U.S. diplomat, an official said.

Armenia's ruling party headed to win

YEREVAN, Armenia, May 7 (UPI) -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's Republican Party appeared headed to a decisive win in the country's parliamentary elections Sunday, initial results showed.

Armenia, Iran to deepen cooperation

YEREVAN, Armenia, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- An Iranian delegation led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making an official visit to the Armenian capital Yerevan to increase bilateral ties.
Baku hails U.N. vote, Armenia not worried

Baku hails U.N. vote, Armenia not worried

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan hailed its election as a UN Security Council member this week as a great breakthrough while Armenia says it won't affect its dispute with Baku.

Moscow sees progress on Nagorno-Karabakh

SOCHI, Russia, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Azeri and Armenian negotiators in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have agreed in principle to the terms of a draft preamble agreement, Moscow said.

Obama lauds Armenia's courage

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Washington has given its full support to the normalization processes under way between Armenia and Turkey, said U.S. President Barack Obama.

Yerevan defends move toward Ankara

YEREVAN, Armenia, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said improved relations with Ankara would not harm the greater concerns over genocide or Nagorno-Karabakh.

Syria's Assad talks Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia, June 18 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad expressed hope for a quick resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and for improved relations with Armenia.

Gas focus of Russian-Armenian talks

MOSCOW, April 23 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with his Armenian counterpart Thursday for talks on broader trade relations in the energy sector amid regional concerns.

Sargsyan hopeful Turkey border will reopen

ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 10 (UPI) -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan says he is hopeful his country's border with Turkey will reopen by Oct. 7, in time for a World Cup soccer qualifying match.
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Serzh Sargsyan
(L-R): Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, and Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyeyev attending an informal summit of Collective Security Treaty Organization member states' leaders at the Gorki residence outside Moscow on May 8, 2010. (UPI Photo/Alex Volgin)

Serzh Azati Sargsyan (Armenian: Սերժ Ազատի Սարգսյան, born June 30, 1954) is the third President of Armenia. He won the February 2008 presidential election with the backing of the conservative Republican Party of Armenia, a party in which he serves as chairman, and took office in April 2008. He is of no relation to the Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan.

Serzh Sargsyan was born on June 30, 1954 in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR. He was admitted to Yerevan State University in 1971, served in the Soviet Armed Forces during 1971-72, and graduated from the Philological Department of Yerevan State University in 1979. In 1983, he married his wife, Rita. They have two daughters, Anush and Satenik, and one granddaughter, Mariam. He is the chairman of the Chess Federation of Armenia. In addition to his native Armenian, he is fluent in Russian, English and Azeri, but he has not spoken Azeri for 20 years.

Sargsyan's career began in 1975 at the Electrical Devices Factory in Yerevan, where he worked as a metal turner until 1979 when he became head of the Stepanakert City Communist Party Youth Association Committee. Then served as second secretary, first secretary, the Stepanakert City Committee Propaganda Division Head, the Nagorno-Karabakh Regional Committee Communist Organizations' Unit Instructor, and finally as the assistant to Genrikh Poghosyan, the First Secretary of the Nagorno-Karabakh Regional Committee.

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