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Edward Sharmazanov

09ba2c6f38dca2da37aeb8d6a39cde6bEdward Sharmazanov is a Member of Parliament, the Spokesman of the governing Republican Party, and Party Secretary in the National Assembly. He is also the Party's public representative on foreign policy issues. Sharmazanov studied at the history faculty of the Armenian State Pedagogical Institute and at the Moscow School of Political Studies. In 2005-2007 he was an aide to the Prime Minister. In 2007 he was elected as a Member of Parliament, where he sits on the Standing Committee of Social Affairs.

E-mail: eduard.sharmazanov@parliament.am

Aram Safaryan

aram_safaryan_1bee7a3fd16e32482_middleAram Safaryan is the secretary of the second biggest Parliamentary party, Prosperous Armenia, which joined the coalition government together with the Republican and Rule of Law parties. Safaryan is the person who publicizes the party's views on foreign policy. Safaryan graduated from the History Faculty of Yerevan State University and received his PhD in journalism. He worked in academia in the late 1980s and became active in journalism in the early 90s. Between 1993 and 1998 he worked at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, first as Press Secretary, then as an embassy official in Iran. In 1998 he returned to journalism and to his academic post at the University. In 2001-2006 he was Deputy Director for news and public-political programmes at Prometeus channel, which is now known as the Armenian Second TV channel. Safaryan became a Member of Parliament from the Prosperous Armenia party in 2007. He is the Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs.

E-mail: aram.safaryan@parliament.am


Foreign Affairs Committee

Armen Rustamyan

http://www.arfd.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/ArmenRustamyan2.jpgArmen Rustamyan is the Head of the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs in the National Assembly of Armenia. He represents the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), which joined the coalition government of Prosperous Armenia and the Republican Party in 2007. After the Presidential elections of February 2008 the coalition was revised, opening its doors to another party, the Rule of Law. The ARF, having already expressed its concerns after the launch of "football diplomacy" between Armenia and Turkey, quit the coalition on 22 April 2009 after the two sides issued a "road map" to normalisation. The ARF vacated all coalition-led posts except the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (held by Armen Rustamyan) and the chairmanship of the Committee on Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs (held by Hrayr Karapetyan).

Rustamyan is a physicist by training and a graduate of the P. Loumoumba Moscow University of Nations' Friendship. He worked as a scientist until the early 1990s, when he joined the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. As one of a group of ARF members arrested in 1995, he remained in prison until 1998. After being released along with most of his party colleagues, he was elected to the National Assembly in 1999, becoming Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2003 (and again after 2007 elections) he became the committee's chairman. It was under Rustamyan's chairmanship of the Committee that hearings on Armenian-Turkish relations were organised in the Armenian Parliament in December 2007 and October 2009. On both occasions the views expressed were predominantly hard-line.

E-mail: artakin@parliament.am

Kiro Manoyan

45F2A666-A3CA-4B46-90D5-E0C5888582FA_mw800_mh600_sGiro (or Kiro) Manoyan is a Lebanese-born Armenian. His grandparents (from his mother's side) were originally from Harput in Southeast Anatolia. During the 1915 genocide they were saved by Turkish friends. Giro Manoyan moved to Canada in 1976 and studied political science at Concordia University in Montreal. From 1982 to 1989 he served as Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Canada. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as assistant editor of the Canadian-Armenian Horizon Weekly, and from 1991 to 1999 as its editor.

Manoyan currently lives in Yerevan and

August 2010

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