Gegharkunik Faces Water Supply Problems

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The restoration of water-supply lines is one of the most difficult problems facing the Gegharkunik region–National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Harutunian said following a visit to the region Wednesday.

Harutunian–who was accompanied both by National Assembly members–ministers and reporters–met with heads of the region’s communities–visited Tazagiugh where the construction of a school is underway–a maternity in Martuni–a cheese factory in Vardenis–the villages of Karchaghbyur–Sotk and Chambarak.

Harutunian said the restoration of water-supply networks required serious capital investmen’s–which was beyond the abilities of the community–and direct government assistance was needed to realize this project.

He added that other problems related to energy supplies–road construction and even the regulation of economic growth–was comparatively easier to solve.

Haroutunian pointed to well-informed regional leaders and a push to increase business as positive aspects in the region.

"The community seems to be getting back on its feet," the speaker told reporters during a briefing. Residents and regional heads of government called for a further clarification of institutional powers within local government and possibilities to grant certain privileges to residents of border regions.

Harutunian is scheduled to hold a series of consultations to discuss these issues and find ways of resolving them.

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