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Russian Delegation Discusses Fate of Military Bases in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)A Russian government delegation–headed by special envoy Vsevolod Oleandrov–arrived in Yerevan Tuesday. "We’ll carry out the second round of negotiations between the government delegations of our two countries–revise whatever has become obsolete and should be replaced–and define a plan for future activities." Speaking about the presence of Russian military bases and the status

Karabakh Official Blames Russia for Double Standard

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Russia has officially recognized the legitimacy of the January 27 presidential election in Chechnya. No foreign countries has doubted the legitimacy of this election (the problem of Chechnya’s legal status will be decided after 2000)–and Aslan Maskhadov–the winner in the Chechen presidential election–is continuing to receive congratulatory messages from Moscow–a Karabakh foreign ministry

Armenia Losing Public Relations War to Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia is losing its public relations war to Azerbaijan–announced Armenia’s National Assembly members during a press conference Tuesday–addressing their experiences during a four-day parliamentary conference organized by the European Parliament. The delegation participating in the conference held between January 26 and 30 in Strasbourg– explained that the Azeri upper hand in the PR

Iran Offers Mediation in Karabakh Conflict

TEHRAN (Xinhua)-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati said Monday that his country is ready to be a mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Karabakh dispute. Velayati made the remarks while meeting with the visiting Armenian National Assembly speaker–Babken Ararktsian–who arrived in Tehran Saturday. Velayati was quoted by the official Iranian news agency– IRNA–as saying

Karabakh Rules Out Progress with Azeri Relations

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)-The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will firmly stand up for its independence–and has ruled out the possibility of any progress in relations with Azerbaijan–Karabakh President Robert Kocharian said at a meeting last Saturday with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe representatives Susan Rejmor Christianssen. Kocharian noted that Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh are neighbors and the

EU Asked to be Honest About Turkey’s Membership

BRUSSELS (Reuter)-Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van Mierlo said Tuesday that the time had come for the European Union to come clean with neighbor and NATO ally Turkey and tell it why it did not pass muster for EU membership. Speaking to a European Parliament committee on behalf of the Dutch EU presidency–van Mierlo said Europe

Karabakh Railway Would Benefit Neighbors

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-Russia and Azerbaijan can make $200 million annually if a railway line through Karabakh is opened–Russian Minister for Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States–Amman Tuliyev–said on Friday. According to him–opening the new railway to Iran via Nagorno-Karabakh will enable Russia to establish numerous projects with the Transcaucasian states. Tuliyev proposed to allocate

EC Proposes Aid to Armenia Georgia Tajikistan

BRUSSELS (Xinhua)-The European Commission has proposed to provide Armenia–Georgia and possibly Tajikistan–with aid of up to $262 million. The aid will be in the form of long-term loans of $202 million combined with direct gran’s of $60 million–the commission said. The present proposal to the European Union makes it possible for the commission to negotiate

Iran Sees Armenia as Link to Europe

DUBAI (Reuter)-Armenia could offer neighboring Iran a link to Europe–the speaker of the Iranian parliament told his visiting Armenian counterpart–Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Sunday. Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri told Babken Ararktsian Saturday that Iran was willing to further broaden relations with Armenia and offer it a communication bridge with the Gulf–IRNA said. Armenia–too–could

Gilman Leads Opposition to Sale of Helicopters Turkey

Influential committee chairman warns administration that the sale would "encounter significant opposition in the Congress." WASHINGTON-Congressman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY)–the chairman of the influential House International Relations Committee–announced yesterday that he objects to a proposed $170 million sale of advanced Seahawk helicopters to Turkey–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. In a January 30 letter to