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H. E. Arkady Ghoukasian
President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, 1997-2007

Arkady Ghoukasian - President of the NKR, 1997-2007

Arkady Ghoukasian was born in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabagh on June 22, 1957. In 1979 he graduated from Yerevan State University with a degree in linguistics.

He started his working career as a corespondent for "Soviet Karabagh" newspaper, becoming its Deputy Editor-in-Chief in 1981.

In 1991 Arkady Ghoukasian was elected to the first Parliament of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic. In September of 1992, he was appointed the Political Adviser to the Chairman of the State Defense Committee (SDC), and headed the NKR delegations during OSCE negotiations with Azerbaijan.

Arkady Ghoukasian has been a member of the Nagorno Karabagh's Security Council since 1993. On July 23, 1993 Arkady Ghoukasian became the first Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.

In his capacity of the Political Adviser to the to the SDC Chairman and of the Foreign Minister, he participated in all negotiations on Nagorno Karabagh conflict settlement. Arkady Ghoukasian gave lectures on Karabagh conflict settlement at a number of renowned international institutions, including the International Diplomatic Academy of France, George Washington University, and the World Affairs Council (LA). He also participated in hearings on the Karabagh conflict in the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

During the presidential elections in September of 1997, winning the absolute majority of votes, Arkady Ghoukasian was elected President of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic. On August 11, 2002 winning an overwhelming majority of votes, Ghoukasian was re-elected President of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.

Arkady Ghoukasian holds a diplomatic rank of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He is a member of the International Academy of Nature and Society. Arkady Ghoukasian is married and has two children.


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