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OSCE Issues Mixed Verdict On Armenian Vote

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe toned down its initial, largely positive, assessment of Armenia’s recent presidential election on Friday, citing serious irregularities that were witnessed by its observers after the closure of the polls. In its final election report, the OSCE observer mission in Armenia’said the freedom and fairness of the

Sarkisian Lauds OSCE for Objective Election Verdict

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian thanked observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday for their positive evaluation of his governments handling of Armenia’s parliamentary elections which his Republican Party won. I think that with these elections we solved an important issue, and I agree that a new standard was thereby

Kocharian Hails Free And Fair Elections as Five Parties Qualify for Parliament Membership; International Observers Deem Elections Democratic

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Robert Kocharian congratulated Armenia’s Monday saying that Saturdays Parliamentary Elections were free and fair and marked another major step towards democracy. [The elections] were free, fair, and transparent, which is certified by the Central Election Commission, law-enforcement bodies, as well as local and international observers, he said in a written address to

Defense Minister Visits Nagorno-Karabakh

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukasian Monday welcomed the newly appointed defense minister of Armenia Mikael Harutunian. A Karabakh presidential spokesperson said Ghoukasian congratulated Harutunian on his appointment and wished him success in his endeavors. Issues related to the cooperation of the armed forces of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and maintenance of the cease-fire protocols at

Mubarak and Kocharian Discuss Relations, Middle East Situation

CAIRO (Armenpress)–Armenian president Robert Kocharian, who arrived in Egypt on Saturday for a three-day visit, on the first day of his visit met with Egyptian President Husni Mubarak for talks on bilateral relations, the latest developmen’s in the Middle East and Egyptian efforts to make a breakthrough in the Mideast peace process. The two leaders

Merkel Says Turkey’s EU Talks Can Advance

HANOVER, Germany (AFP)–German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said the European Union could open two more chapters of membership talks with Turkey by July, but warned that the country must open its ports to Cyprus. "Under the German presidency of the EU, two more chapters could probably be opened if things go well," she said

Armenian PM Margarian Dies at 55

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Prime Minister Andranik Margarian died Sunday of heart failure, government spokeswoman Meri Arutunian said. He was 55. Margarian had been prime minister since May 2000.. Under the Armenian political system, the prime minister has mostly executive powers and is a much less powerful figure than the president. Margarian, educated as a computer specialist,