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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

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.