National Assembly Denies Reports Published in Aravot Newspaper

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Aravot newspaper in its December 22 issue published a two-line statement alleging that during his visit to Paris National Assembly Chairman Armen Khachatrian signed a document condemning Russia’s actions in Chechnya. The newspaper cites "trustworthy" sources–a procedure that has become commonplace for many periodicals in Armenia.

Stressing that "the allegations published in the newspaper are groundless and far from being trustworthy and do not promote the development of Armenia-Russia relations," the public relations and communication department of the National Assembly confirmed that Chechnya’s issue was discussed during the meeting.

"During the meeting of the speakers of the three South Caucasus republics with Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe lord Russel Johnston–the speakers issued a joint statement regarding the situation in Chechnya–condemning terrorism. Simultaneously–the speakers called Russia’s attention to the necessity of ensuring commensurate security conditions for the civil population of Chechnya and the quick restoration of peace in the region," the report says.

The department also reported that the Armenian parliament speaker had informed journalists about that statement at the news conference which took place on December 20.

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