Parliament Decides to Investigate Abuses in Energy Sector

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armenian National Assembly made a decision September 28 on setting up an interim parliamentary committee to study the import of energy sources–use of electricity generated as well as the efficiency of credits allocated to the energy sector in 1993-1995. The committee will include three members of the "Unity" faction–one member of each of the remaining five factions–one member of the "Stability" deputy group as well as independent deputies. The committee will be authorized to apply to relevant bodies and receive necessary information. The committee is to present the results of its activities by April 5–2000. During the period of its activities the committee will make reports once a month.

Representatives of all parliamentary factions–the "Stability" deputy group as well as the Parliamentary Committee for State and Legal Issues supported the setting up of the committee. Those speaking at the parliamentary meeting expressed concern that the committee will suffer the same fate as the former parliamentary committees. The results of the studies will not evoke any response–and nobody will be held responsible.

In that connection–the "Unity" faction member–Andranik Manoukian pointed out that the fact of the speaker and two vice-speakers being initiators of the setting up of the committee is hope-inspiring.

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