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Martirossian Leaves for Iran

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — A delegation of the Armenian Energy Ministry led by Energy Minister Gagik Martirossian left yesterday for Iran–Deputy Energy Minister Karen Galoustian reported. Martirossian is expected to meet with his Iranian counterpart and other top officials during the seven-day visit. The negotiations are expected to focus on the following four problems. 1.

Turkey Seeks to Boost Military in Helicopter Deals

ANKARA (Reuter) — Turkey’s plans to modernize its military–the second largest in NATO–were boosted Thursday with the signing of helicopter deals worth $543 million with the French-German group Eurocopter and the US firm Sikorsky. "With the signing of these contracts with Eurocopter and Sikorsky our armed forces will have taken a concrete step towards modernization

NATO Russia Schism Deepens

MOSCOW (Reuter) — Russian President Boris Yeltsin faced a worsening row over NATO’s eastward expansion plans and new pressure to resign Wednesday–but doctors said he was still weak after pneumonia and needed more time to recover. Heart surgeon Renat Akchurin said Yeltsin–who has been recuperating at a state residence outside Moscow and has spent little

Azerbaijan Agrees to Troika

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — Azeri President Gaidar Aliyev agreed to the proposal of appointing three co-chairmen to the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–namely Russia–the United States and France. Aliyev agreed to the proposal during a telephone conversation with French President Jacques Chirac on Monday. Armenia had agreed to the

Iranian Ambassador Visits Center for Iranian Studies

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — Iran’s Ambassador to Armenia Hamid Reza Nikkar Esfahani visited the Caucasian Center for Iranian Studies in Yerevan on Tuesday to learn more about its work. Esfahani presented samples of Persian literature to the center’s library on behalf of the vice-president of Iran. A seminar dedicated to the 18th anniversary of the

Finnish Minister Calls for More Talks on Karabakh

HELSINKI (Itar-Tass) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group should continue its efforts toward peace in Nagorno-Karabakh despite all objective and subjective difficulties– said Finnish Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen in a report on Tuesday. The report–entitled "Finland as an Intermediary in the Karabakh Conflict," sums up the results of two years

Manoukian Visits Iran

TEHRAN (Noyan Tapan)National Democratic Union chairman and former presidential candidate Vazgen Manoukian arrived in Tehran Sunday and took part in the 18th anniversary celebrations of the Islamic Revolution the next day. Manoukian is was also scheduled to meet with Iranian officials and representatives of the Armenian community in Iran. He plans to visit the city

Russian Deputies Comment on Karabakh

LONDON (Itar-Tass)Russia is ready to place peace-keepers in Nagorno-Karabakh and finally settle the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia–Russian Federation Council Deputy Speaker Vasily Likhachev and head of the Duma Defense Committee Lieutenant-General Lev Rokhlin told Itar-Tass in an exclusive interview Friday. They were attending an international seminar on European security and armed forces reform– which

Russia Supports French US Co Chairmanship

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass)–The Russian side will not object to a compromise proposal of the chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe concerning a plan that in addition to Russia– France and the United States will become co-chairmen of the Minsk Group of the OSCE on Nagorno-Karabakh–"if such a decision is acceptable to other

New OSCE Special Envoy Arrives in Karabakh

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)Karabakh’s Foreign Minister Arkady Ghoukassian met with the new special envoy of the chairman of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe on Wednesday. Denmark’s Mark Skajegalt was introduced to Ghoukassian by Czech envoy to the OSCE office in Tbilisi–Joseph Cszastny. Prospects for the negotiation of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict