Armen Martirossian Appointed Deputy Foreign Minister

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan). President Robert Kocharian issued a decree April 15 appointing Armen Martirossian deputy minister of foreign affairs–a presidential source said.

Martirossian heads the "Reforms" faction at the National Assembly. He is also a member of the standing commission for financial and credit–budgetary and economic affairs. MADRID (Reuters)–Spain’s constitutional court on Wednesday suspended a decision by the Basque regional parliament to invite the so-called Kurdish "parliament in exile" to meet in its premises–court sources said.

The Spanish government had presented a legal challenge to the Basque parliament’s February decision in which the nationalist-led Basque assembly voted in favor of hosting the Kurdish group in July.

Turkey–which does not recognize the "parliament in exile," had protested to Spain about the decision to invite the Kurds to meet in the northern Spanish region.

The court suspended the invitation while it makes its final decision on the constitutionality of the matter–a process that could take several months–the sources said.

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