ARF Leader Albert Ajemian Denied Entry Visa to Armenia

TEHRAN (Alik)–An entry visa request by former Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member and manager of the Alik newspaper in Iran Albert Ajemian was denied by the Armenian Embassy in Tehran.

Ajemian was appointed by the Prelacy Executive Council of Tehran to oversee a joint venture project in Armenia’s Kapan region where through contributions from the Armenian-Iranian community the construction of a faucet factory is underway.

Ajemian has traveled to Armenia on numerous occasions for the aforementioned purpose–and observers in Tehran believe that the rejection of an entry visa by the Armenian embassy was out of the ordinary.

"As the Iran-Armen faucet manufacturing committee chairman–my trip to Armenia was a necessity and was planned long time ago," explained Ajemian–adding that his trip was aimed at evaluating the progress of the factory construction and to oversee the proper delivery of important machinery and equipment dispatched especially for the factory.

Ajemian explained that he had filed a visa application previously with an official letter by the Armenian Prelacy dated April 4–1995–but a response was never received about that petition.

He stated that probably the rejection of the initial application was due to the now infamous "black list" issued by the Armenian Foreign Ministry which definitively denied entry to more than 30 prominent ARF leaders and other members of the community.

Following the embarrassing presidential elections in September–Ajemian stated–then Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian announced–during his US visit–that individuals previously denied entry into Armenia could apply–since relations between the leadership and the ARF had changed.

The ARF leader explained that he reapplied for a visa given the recent meeting between ARF Bureau members and representatives of Levon Ter-Petrosyan–for which another ARF member who was "black listed" was granted an entry visa.

Ajemian explained that this most recent rejection of an entry visa only indicated that the posturing of Armenian authorities toward the ARF had not changed and that the Ter-Petrosyan regime was continuing its policy of attempting to create a schism–a duality–among ARF rank and file.

"This policy has been continuously in place until the 26th ARF World Congress. They didn’t get the desired results–and they are currently continuing the same policy," stated Ajemian.

"Nothing has changed. Did you expect anything different?" concluded Ajemian.

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