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May 14, 1988
Gov. George Deukmejian will ask President Reagan to press Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev for reunification of Soviet Armenians separated in the 1920s, the governor said Thursday. "I'm going to be joining with (Los Angeles County Supervisor) Mike Antonovich and Sen. Pete Wilson in asking the President to bring this issue to the table when he meets with Secretary Gorbachev at the upcoming summit," Deukmejian told a gathering of the Armenian National Committee at the Century Plaza Hotel.
February 27, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev intervened Friday in a heated dispute that has brought hundreds of thousands of Armenians into the streets in public protests unprecedented in the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, risking his prestige as demonstrators massed in the Armenian capital of Yerevan for an eighth consecutive day, appealed for restraint and political maturity in Armenia and in the neighboring Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.
June 14, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
In a dramatic popular challenge to Soviet authorities, a two-day general strike involving millions of workers began Monday in the southern Soviet republic of Armenia to demand the transfer of a largely Armenian district from neighboring Azerbaijan. The strike paralyzed Yerevan, the Armenian capital, and most other major cities and towns in the republic, according to government spokesmen here and in Yerevan.
February 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan took the lead in early presidential election returns, officials said today. Unofficial results from some of the regions outside Yerevan, the capital, showed Kocharyan with at least 50% of the vote in some of those areas, according to the election commission. The commission didn't say what percentage of the vote had been counted. The winner must get at least 50% of the total to prevent a runoff, and Kocharyan was expected to do so.
December 2, 1989 | From Reuters
The parliament of Soviet Armenia voted Friday to unite the republic with the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, local journalists reported. Armenian nationalists want control of the region, which is located within neighboring Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim republic, but is populated mostly by Christian Armenians. It has been the scene of repeated ethnic strife. The Armenian Supreme Soviet, or parliament, also denounced a Moscow ruling to hand back control of the territory to Azerbaijan.
Armenian opposition groups, which two years ago became the first nationalists to challenge the Communist Party openly in the Soviet Union, formed a new nationalist movement here Sunday with the aim of sweeping the forthcoming local elections and ousting the party from power. Delegates to the Founding Congress of the Armenian All-National Movement adopted a constitution and program intended, as one speaker declared, to "enable the people to impose democracy on the party."
October 7, 1989 | From Reuters
Trains moved vital supplies into Soviet Armenia on Friday, ending a blockade by workers in neighboring Azerbaijan that lasted for more than a month, the official Tass news agency said. It said hundreds of cars rolled into the southern Soviet republic, three days after the Soviet legislature authorized the army to take over operation of the railways.
August 17, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A 25-year-old man suspected of killing one man and wounding two others in Winnetka last year has been arrested in Armenia, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. Khachatur Tonoyan was arrested Monday in the capital city of Yerevan, Detective Rick Swanston said. On March 7, 1994, Tonoyan met his father-in-law, Telman Babayan, and two other men in a Sav-on Drugs parking lot to discuss Tonoyan's upcoming divorce and the treatment of his wife, Swanston said.
March 25, 1988 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
Soviet authorities in Armenia have banned spontaneous street demonstrations in the wake of a ruling by the Supreme Soviet aimed at putting the lid on ethnic strife in the republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The ban, published Thursday in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, requires groups wishing to demonstrate to apply to the authorities 10 days in advance.
February 28, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Relative calm returned to the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Saturday after an appeal by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to halt demonstrations backing the return of an Armenian-majority region in the adjacent republic of Azerbaijan. Factories in Yerevan were operating and street crowds, which swelled to hundreds of thousands of people during the week, were said to be smaller, Soviet television reported.
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