Armenian, Azeri leaders address Nagorno-Karabakh

VIENNA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan may be "a warranty for peace" in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the OSCE representative said.

Armenia, Azerbaijan fail to set up meeting on disputed land

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 7 (UPI) -- Armenia and Azerbaijan have failed to agree on a new discussion regarding the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, an official with the Minsk Group said.

Putin mets with Armenian leader in Moscow

MOSCOW, March 12 (UPI) -- Talks between Russian and Armenian leaders in Moscow focused on bilateral economic integration, a Tuesday statement from the Kremlin read.

Armenian opposition leader wages protest

YEREVAN, Armenia, March 11 (UPI) -- Armenia's former Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian announced he started a hunger strike to protest the result of February presidential elections.

Challenge issued to Armenian election

YEREVAN, Armenia, March 4 (UPI) -- The campaign for Armenia's former Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian said it filed an appeal in court Monday challenging the results of last month's election.

Armenia opposition protests election

YEREVAN, Armenia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The leader of Armenia's main opposition party Sunday vowed to keep up with efforts to overturn the country's recent presidential election.

Britain critical of Armenian vote

LONDON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The British government said Friday it was lending its voice to the growing chorus expressing concern about the outcome of Armenian presidential elections.

U.S. shares EU concerns over Armenian vote

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. government said the distinction between state activity in Armenia and the ruling party was blurred during the most recent presidential election.

EU has concerns about Armenian vote

BRUSSELS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The European Union said it expects there may be outstanding issues following the release of preliminary results of the Armenian presidential election.

Sargsyan wins 2nd term as Armenian leader

YEREVAN, Armenia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Serzh Sargsyan won a second term as Armenia's president, taking 58 percent of the vote, the country's Central Election Commission said Tuesday.

Armenian presidential candidate wounded

YEREVAN, Armenia, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A presidential candidate in Armenia, wounded in an apparent assassination attempt, is recovering from a bullet in the shoulder, officials said Friday.

Azeri, Armenian FMs in Ireland for OSCE

DUBLIN, Ireland, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- High-level diplomatic efforts to break a deadlock in stalled negotiations over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could be on tap this week at a Dublin meeting.

Barroso: Visa reforms on track for Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A simplified visa regime between Armenia and the European Union will be implemented soon, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said this weekend.

NATO secretary-general to visit Armenia

BRUSSELS, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- NATO announced that Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is to visit Armenia to meet the country's president and defense officials.

Azeri pardon source of OSCE concern

PARIS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A decision by Azerbaijan to pardon a military officer accused in the killing of an Armenian officer in Budapest in 2004 is cause for concern, the OSCE said.
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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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