Dedicated Serviceman: Gurgen Dalibaltayan dead, aged 89

Colonel-General Gurgen Dalibaltayan, a career military and prominent statesman who stood at the sources of the establishment of Armenian armed forces, died on September 1, aged 89, the Armenian Defense Ministry said.

Dalibaltayan, who retired from the Soviet armed forces in 1987 after a 40-year-long service, came to Armenia after it gained independence in 1991 responding to the appeal of the new emerging nation’s government for experienced military officers.

“As an experienced serviceman he helped the newly formed armed forces’ younger officers with his advice and experience. He personally led the work on drafting plans for a number of combat operations,” the Ministry said in a statement today.

Dalibaltayan occupied different high positions within the Armenian military from 1991 to 2006 and was decorated with a number of medals and given prestigious state awards.

A commission led by Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has been set up to organize a military funeral for Dalibaltayan.