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Church Conversion in Turkey Begins

ISTANBUL (Noyan Tapan) — Turkish authorities have started converting an Armenian church–located in the Yakutiye village in the city of Erzerum–into a mosque. According to Turkish authorities–"there are no Christians in the village and the conversion of the church into a mosque will be much more useful." According to the Istanbul-based Armenian Marmara newspaper–the Patriarch

Armenia to Hook Up to Iranian Power Grid

YEREVAN (Reuter–Noyan Tapan) — Armenia–looking to shore up domestic electricity supplies–will hook up to neighbor Iran’s power grid by the end of February–Energy Minister Gagik Martirosyan said on Monday. In the first stages–the line will allow the landlocked former Soviet republic to receive up to 65 megawatts of energy per day–he said. Martirosyan said Armenia

Russian Embassy Officials Meet With National Accord Rep.

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Armenia–Vladimir Mouvichenko–met with the secretary of the National Accord–Norayr Khanzadian–on Feb. 19 to learn more about the opposition group’s activities and the problems facing it. Mouvichenko said Russia is very interested in the developmen’s in Armenia and hopes to hold regular meetings.

Karabakh Anniversary Marked in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A rally dedicated to the ninth anniversary of adoption of a resolution on reunification of Karabakh with Armenia was held Thursday in Yerevan’s Liberty Square. The rally was staged by the "Artsakh-Hayastan" organization and the steering committee of the Pan-Armenian conference–"In Defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic." Current and former chairmen of "Artsakh-Hayastan" Sergey

Karabakh Movement Anniversary Marked

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–February 20 was declared "Revival Day" in Karabakh–marking the day when the Soviet of People’s Deputies of the Karabakh Autonomous Republic adopted a decision of reunification with Armenia. Feb. 20–1988 marked the beginning of a new stage in the national-liberation struggle of the people of Karabakh for self-determination–based on the Universal Declaration on

Azerbaijan Begins Diplomatic Smear Campaign Against Armenia

YEREVAN (Azg–Radio Liberty) — Azeri President Gaidar Aliyev accused Armenia of violating the cease-fire agreement in place since 1994 by illegally receiving arms from Russia. Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze–on a visit to Azerbaijan–shared Aliyev’s concerns. Shevardnadze pointed to media reports of Russian tank deliveries to Armenia from Russian military bases in Georgia. "Russia’should understand that

Pro Turkish Rep. Calls for sale of warships to Turkey

Two-term congressman from Kentucky has emerged as leading advocate for Turkey WASHINGTON–D.C. — In an attempt to counter increasing Congressional opposition to U.S. arms sales and transfers to Turkey–Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) has initiated a campaign to urge the Clinton Administration to transfer three "Perry" class frigates to the Turkish navy–reported the Armenian National Committee

Armenia Georgia to Sign Border Agreement

TBILISI (Itar-Tass) — An agreement easing restriction on the Georgian-Armenian state border was signed on Tuesday by Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Giga Burduli and Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Manasaryan. A similar agreement was signed between Georgia and Azerbaijan one week ago.

Karabakh Struggle Anniversary to be Marked

GLENDALE — The ninth anniversary of the Nagorno-Karabakh liberation struggle will be marked over the weekend with two celebration events scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Organized jointly by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Glendale "Avedis Aharonian," Burbank "Nigol Aghbalian" and the Crescenta Valley "Simon Zavarian" gomidehs–both functions will be held under the auspices of the ARF

Urnov Agrees with Russia On Solana Visit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — "We don’t think that NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana was holding a grudge during his visit to the Transcaucasian states. We saw that the reason for his tour was to visit the members of the `Partnership for Peace’ program," Russian Ambassador to Armenia Andrei Urnov said during a news conference on Monday.