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STEPANAKERT, OCTOBER 17, ARMENPRESS: The chief of Armenia’s national statistical committee, Stepan Mnatsakanian was in Nagorno- Karabakh on October 15 to discuss with its president, Arkady Ghukasian, a set of issues on holding a population census.

Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh are planning to conduct the first ever population census, since it declared independence from Azerbaijan, between October 18-27, which they believe ‘will become another step towards consolidation of Karabakh’s independence. According to Ghukasian, the census returns will help the government to design its projects and forecast social-economic developments.

A special government commission, headed by a deputy prime minister, was established to conduct the census. The last population census in Karabakh was held in 1989, when it had a population of 192,000. Armenians made 76% and Azeri 23%, with Russian and Kurdish minorities.

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