Violations Committed in Energy Sector in 1992 1995

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Judging from our studies–major violations were committed in the energy sector during the crisis years. It is quite obvious that even official data are not identical in all documen’s," member of Parliament Arshak Sadoyan–who is a member of the parliamentary committee set up to study the use of foreign credits in the energy sector in 1992-1995–told a news conference October 22.

He reported that the committee is carrying out its work in three directions: the study of the process of purchasing and importing energy sources; the generation of energy; and the consumption of energy. According to Sadoyan–despite the fact that the committee has already revealed some violations–the data provided by the Ministry of Energy testify that all purchased energy sources reached the place of destination–Armenia. In fact–Sadoyan said–the matter concerns the loss of whole trainloads of energy sources and even a tanker. Committee member Manuk Gasparian stated that the tanker loaded with energy sources for Armenia left Novorossisk–Russia–but never reached Poti. Asked to provide detailed commen’s on this and other similar facts–the committee members said that the situation needs to be studied more thoroughly "on the spot." The committee members reported that problems of dispatching some of them to Novorossisk–Poti and other cities which bear a relation to the import of energy sources to Armenia are currently being solved.

As for the generation and consumption of energy–the committee is currently engaged in collecting the necessary data. Sadoyan pointed out that the committee will also study the barter deals–as "many valuable things were taken out from Armenia in exchange for energy sources" in the crisis years.

He pointed out that in its work the committee has not yet encountered any serious difficulties in receiving the necessary information from the government structures. At the same time–committee members gave assurances that the committee will not stop half-way–and those guilty will be held responsible.

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