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New Deputy Defense Minister Appointed in Karabakh

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Karabakh Army Chief General-Lieutenant Anatoly Zinevich has been appointed Deputy Defense Minister of the Republic. Zinevich–born in the Ukraine–is a graduate of the Tank School of Far East Studies and Frunze’s Military Academy. He possesses extensive military experience including having served as special military advisor to the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1992 when

Armenia Iran Discuss Radiation Security Cooperation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) "Humanitarian assistance rendered by Armenia to those who suffered in the earthquake in Iran proves–once again–that Armenia is a friendly country," said Mohammad Mahdiabadi– a spokesperson of the Iranian Embassy in Armenia at a news conference–Friday–following a devastating earthquake measuring 9.10 on the Richter Scale. The provinces of Ardebil–Kurdistan and Gilan sustained

Structural Changes Expected in Russian Forces in Caucasus

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)A commander of a group of the Russian forces in the Caucasus Fyodor Reut was relieved of his duties Friday and is now at the disposal of the High Commander of the Russian Land Forces for further appointment. Such a decision by the Russian government is conditioned by the forthcoming changes in the

Russian Ambassador Outlines Russia’s Stance on Karabakh Problem

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Russia’s Ambassador to Armenia Andrey Urnov described Russia’s position on the Karabakh problem as follows: "Russia–being a mediator in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is seeking for a just and lasting settlement. This settlement should be acceptable for all parties to the conflict. This settlement is possible only on the basis of

Iran Rejects Azeri Disinformation Campaign

YEREVAN (Fact)The Iranian Embassy in Armenia Thursday refuted Azeri claims that Russian arms allegedly bound for Armenia were transported through Iran. Reacting to a recent statement in the Azeri Mili Majlis (parliament) that Russian arms bound to Armenia were shipped to Caspian port of Enzeli in Iran–from where those shipmen’s were transported to Armenia–embassy spokesperson

Karabakh to Approve Constitution

STEPANAKERT (Azg) – "Adopting a Constitution for Nagorno-Karabakh will confirm its independence and separation from neighboring Azerbaijan," an anonymous high-ranking Karabakh official reported to Azg. He said that the people of Kharabakh must approve a Constitution so that they can secede from Azerbaijan and create their own free and independent state. Any delays with approving

Russian Parliamentary Delegation to Visit Georgia.

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass) – A delegation of the Russian State Duma–led by Vice Speaker Mikhail Gutseriyev–left for Tbilisi on Thursday for a three-day visit with President Eduard Shevardnadze–head of the Georgian parliament Zurab Zhvaniya and senior officials from the government and foreign ministry. The sides are going to discuss problems regarding bilateral cooperation–economic growth and trade

Church in Turkey Robbed

YEREVAN (Armenpress)The St. Hripsimeh Armenian church in Istanbul–Turkey was vandalized and robbed early Sunday morning. The burglars broke windows and the chapel door and proceeded to steal the charity box. The district council of the church alerted the police–which investigated the matter and informed the Patriarchate. This is the second Armenian church in Turkey to

EU Leaders Snub Turkey’s Membership

BRUSSELS (Reuter)Turkey was given the bluntest notice to date Tuesday that it would be locked out of the European Union as leading centrist EU politicians spoke out firmly against its membership. Senior politicians said there had been consensus at a meeting of the mainly Christian Democrat European People’s Party (EPP) that Turkey was not qualified

Development of Private Education in Karabakh Discussed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The Mesrop Mashtots Private University–recently established in Nagorno-Karabakh–will be specializing in the following courses: law–journalism–philology–psychology– guide-interpreter–general economy–information technologies and programming. The history of philosophy– religion–ethics–aesthetics–as well as foreign language and political science are included in the list of general subjects. Georgy Sahakian–lecturer at the Artsakh State University–who is the Executive Director of the