President Robert Kocharian has relieved Armenia’s ambassadors to Germany and Greece of their duties, the presidential press office said on Monday. Officials in Kocharian’s administration would not specify motives behind the dismissal of Ashot Voskanian and Armen Petrosian, the envoys in Berlin and Athens respectively. There was also no word on whether the two men will get another appointment or will leave diplomatic service.
Voskanian has worked as ambassador to Germany since November 1997, after two years as head of the Armenian diplomatic mission in Austria. Voskanian was a senior member of the former ruling Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) party before taking up a diplomatic post.
Petrosian, for his part, has been ambassador to Greece for the past two years. Based in Athens, has also performed duties of Armenia’s ambassador to Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia.