Sunday, 2 March 2008

News update - Yerevan, Armenia, 5pm local time: detention of journalist, petition, OSCE mediator

Reports that Levon Barseghyan, president of Asparez journalists' club (NGO) in Gyumri (second city of Armenia) is detained.

A Petition to End Violence in Armenia (via Blogian)

We, people who care about Armenia and democracy, are calling on Armenia’s authorities to immediately end violence against presidential election protesters in Yerevan.

To sign this petition, please go here

via Blogrel - (AFP reports) The OSCE said Sunday it had sent a mediator to Armenia, where eight people have been killed [Unzipped - CNN reports 9 have been killed] in protests against the alleged rigging of a presidential election, and appealed for both sides to show restraint.Finnish diplomat Heikki Talvitie was to arrive in the Armenian capital on Sunday, the Organisation for Security and ooperation in Europe presidency said in a statement. “I have sent my special envoy to try to bring both sides to the negotiating table and to find a way out of this crisis through political dialogue,” Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva said in the statement. Finland currently holds the OSCE presidency.

*source of photo - Melik Baghdasaryan, AP, via International Herald Tribune

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