The secretary of the state of Vatican Cardinal Tarsicio Bertrone was scheduled to arrive in Armenia On the 2nd of March 2008, but a state of emergency in that nation forced the postponement of his trip.Cardinal Bertone was set to visit Armenia through Thursday, and then head to neighboring Azerbaijan until March 9. But post-election clashes between protesters and police in Armenia on Saturday resulted in eight deaths. The Armenian government declared a 20-day state of emergency, forbidding even small groups to gather in the nation's capital.
A note from the Vatican press office stated that "the visit, which has not yet been canceled, could take place in the next several days, with a changed schedule.
The decision was made "in consideration of the situation created in Armenia following the protests and the state of emergency declared by the government," the Holy See explained.