On the Shooting Incident in the Parliament in Armenia
(Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

October 28, 1999

  1. On October 27, an armed group opened fire inside the Armenian Parliament, killing leading figures including Parliamentary Speaker Karen Demirchian, and Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkissian. Such an unpardonable violent act cannot be justified for any reason whatsoever.

  2. Japan, which has been promoting diplomacy toward the "Silk Road region", takes deep interest in the peace and stability of this region. The occurrence of this kind of incident in Armenia is deplorable and it is a seriously alarming situation.

  3. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the people of Armenia upon the deaths of Speaker Demirchian, Prime Minister Sarkissian, and many other victims.

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