Government Suggests Prolongation of Naturalization Term to Dec. 31 2001

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The bill on "amendmen’s to the Law on Citizenship" will be placed on the agenda of the upcoming three-day meeting of the National Assembly. The Parliamentary Committee for State and Legal Issues gave consent September 9 for the bill to be submitted to discussion. The government-submitted bill provides for prolongation of the term of naturalization for stateless citizens residing in Armenia until December 31–2001.

The bills on "census of the population" and "amendmen’s to the Law on the Repressed People" will also be put on the agenda of the three-day parliamentary meeting.

Presenting the bill on "the census of the population" to the Committee members–First Deputy Minister of Statistics–State Register and Analysis Chilingarian pointed out that formerly the issue was regulated by the Law on Statistics–and the new bill will make more fundamental normative regulation of the issue possible. According to Chilingarian–the census of the population is scheduled for 2001 for a period of three years. According to preliminary estimations–it will require 1.7 billion drams.

The bill on "amendmen’s to the Law on the Repressed People" authored by Parliament members Baghdasarian–Yeritsian and Gasparian provides for the allocation of credits to vulnerable families of repressed people for housing construction. Deputy Minister of Finance Safarian reported that the government made a positive assessment of the bill–suggesting that some points be specified.

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