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WASHINGTON-Members of Congress from across the country joined in a bipartisan effort last week to urge the Clinton Administration to halt the controversial sale of four SH-60 Seahawk naval helicopters to Turkey–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. Eighty-three members of the House of Representatives expressed their opposition to the helicopter sale in a February

Russia to Keep Naval Base in Abkhazia

SOCHI (Itar-Tass)–The deputy commander of the Russian Coast Guard–Admiral Vyacheslav Bormotov–said that Russia has no intention of removing its naval base from the Abkhazian city of Ochamchira. "More troops will be assigned and reassigned to the base," he said. He dismissed statemen’s by Abkhazian leaders alleging that the base would be removed from the Abkhazian

Turkey’s Human Rights Criticized

WASHINGTON–Turkey has made progress on human rights over the last year–but problems remain–said Steve Coffey–principal deputy assistant secretary for democracy–human rights–and labor. Speaking on US-Turkish relations at the annual conference of the American- Turkish Council–Coffey said there are three main problem areas as far as human rights are concerned in Turkey. Freedom of expression The

Georgian National Security Chief Discusses Javakhk

YEREVAN (Azg)–Georgian National Security Advisor Archil Gegeshidze declared that the instability in Javakhk (a region in Georgia–mainly inhabited by Armenia’s) was caused by certain opposition forces in Armenia. "The Republic of Armenia doesn’t have any territorial claims to Georgia," Speaker of Armenia’s National Assembly Babken Ararktsian declared during his two-day trip to Georgia–last week. Parliament

Mining and Processing Enterprise Cooperates With Iran

KAPAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Kapan ore mining and processing enterprise is once again operating after two months of being closed down. Director of the enterprise–Garnik Arakelian–said that over a thousand people will have jobs due to the opening of the mine. The Iranian "Efsan" company signed a contract reopening the mine and supplying it with the

Georgia and Armenia Boost Cooperation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–National Assembly spokesperson Vahagn Mkrtchian held a briefing which dealt with the visit of Armenia’s parliamentary delegation to Georgia on Feb. 24. The delegation of the Armenian National Assembly led by Speaker Babken Ararktsian visited Georgia at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Chairman Zourab Zhvania. Armenian legislators met with Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze–Georgian

Greece Says EU Expansion Threatened By Cyprus Move

BRUSSELS (Reuter)–Greece said Tuesday that European Union enlargement would be threatened unless the EU dropped moves to bring the Turkish north of Cyprus into talks on admitting the island. But Dutch European Affairs Minister Michiel Patijn said Cypriot accession to the 15-nation bloc would be politically and almost physically impossible without at least some progress

Narekatsi University to Open in Karabakh

STEPANAKERT (Azg) — The Krikor Narekatsi University was founded in Stepanakert to provide natives of Karabakh an additional venue of high learning. The university will issue degrees in economics–pharmacology–Russian language and literature– international relations–psychology–chemistry–biology and law. The tuition varies from $300 to $400– depending on the department. "Many Nagorno-Karabakh citizens study in various universities of

Russia Armenia Military Cooperation Stressed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — "Nobody will be able to hinder the military cooperation between Armenia and Russia," Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia–Major General Mkrtich Abramian said at an assembly dedicated to the "Homeland Defenders’ Day" on Friday. Russia’s Ambassador to Armenia Andrei Urnov addressed soldiers and officers of the Russian military stationed in Yerevan and