YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A computer center named after Yuri Bakhshian–the slain deputy speaker of parliament–was inaugurated at a Yerevan school on June 27. The ceremony was attended by relatives of the victims of the Oct. 27–1999 parliamentary killings.
Eight such centers opened under the program of providing Armenian schools with Internet facilities financed by the US Department of State. They will bear the names of the statesmen killed in the Oct. 27–1999 attack. At the suggestion of U.S. Ambassador Michael Lemmon–the choice of schools is made by the relatives of the killed officials. Consequently–it is no coincidence that the Yuri Bakhshian computer center was founded at the school of which his wife Anahit Bakhshian has been headmistress for many years. The day of the inauguration was also not chosen by chance – June 27 is Yuri Bakhshian’s birthday.
According to Mrs. Lemmon–the wife of the U.S. Ambassador–the center will serve as a living memory of Yuri Bakhshian and will help the next generations receive a good education. Availing themselves of the center’s possibilities–the pupils thanked Michael Lemmon with their first Internet message. Michael Lemmon is currently accompanying Armenian President Robert Kocharian in his US visit.
Pointing to the importance of immortalizing the memory of the Oct. 27 victims–Anahit Bakhshian said–"Both the computer centers at these eight schools and the entire republic are a living memory of the slain statesmen in the teeth of all those who want trouble in our state–who do not want harmony and love to reign in our country."
Bakhshian said that a Yuri Bakhshian fund has been initiated to help the excellent pupils and teachers of the school–as well as to help solve other problems of the school. Several Armenian families from San Francisco and Detroit have already made their donations to the fund. A group of Armenia’s from Istanbul–Turkey–granted the money they’d won in a card game to the fund. It would not be bad if all Armenia’s who are keen on gambling donated their wins to schools–Bakhshian emphasized.