YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian announced at a press conference Friday that he will not interfere in the upcoming elections of the new catholicos. Asked whether he would favor any of the candidates for Catholicos–Kocharian said–"only if I am elected delegate to the Church Council will I be able to participate in the elections."
A special requiem was held Friday at St. Etchmiadzin on the 15th day after the funeral of His Holiness Karekin I. The requiem was lead by the Interim Catholicos
Upon the completion of the ceremony–Arch. Pozapalian and representatives of the Congregation of the Mother See of St. Etchmiadzin sanctified the grave of the Catholicos and then addressed those present.