Monte Melkonyan was born on November 25, 1957 in Viseilia, California, in an Armenian family who had escaped  from the Genocide of the Armenian people and settled in the United States. 

At the age of 20, he entered the University of California Berkeley and graduated with a double title, receiving certificates of “Specialist in Archaeology and Asian History”. While studying at the university, the “Armenian Student Union” was founded. In 1978, he entered Oxford University, but did not graduate, and went to Lebanon, participating in the civil war (about 3 years) in the defensive battles of the Armenian quarter of Beirut. Since May 1980, he has been the chief military trainer of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA). On November 27, 1985 , he was arrested in Paris on charges of forgery of a passport and explosives and imprisoned until 1989. In October 1990, a number of documents on the protection of Artsakh were signed. In 1992 , he was the commander of the Martuni defensive Region. Under his leadership, Martuni became the most protected and combat-ready region of Artsakh. 

Monte was killed on June 12, 1993 in the vicinity of the village of Marzili, Aghdam Region.

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