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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.

Iran to supply gas to Armenia

YEREVAN (Azg) — Head of the National Gas Company of Iran Reza Rostami Sani declared that Iran plans to export 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the year 2000 of which 1 billion cubic meters will go to Armenia–three to Turkey–and 0.5 to Nakhichevan. Reuters reported that Iran does not export natural gas

Turkey Protests Lebanon Over Anti Turkish TV

ANKARA (Xinhua) — Turkey lodged a protest with Lebanon today requesting a ban on broadcasting a Syrian-made television series containing scenes which are very anti-Turkey. The series "Brothers of the Earth" is being advertised to start broadcasting within next week on a private Lebanese station called "Future" owned by Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik-al-Hariri. Turkish sources

Armenia Georgia to Receive Aid

BRUSSELS — Up to 265 million ecu (about $307 million) will be granted to Armenia–Georgia–and if appropriate–Tajikistan–in the form of 170 million ecu in long-term loans and 95 million ecu in gran’s– according to a decision made by European Union finance ministers Monday. The ministers said in a statement after their monthly meeting that they

Arms Supplies to Armenia Carried Out Legally Russia Says

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) — "I have no idea about illegal arms supplies to Armenia," Russian Ambassador to Armenia Andrey Ournov said commenting on a statement by the Russian Minister for Cooperation with CIS Aman Tuleyev. Last Friday Tuleyev made a statement–regarding "illegal arms supplies to Armenia." Segodnya newspaper published his statement–whereby he accused ex-Foreign Minister

Pallone Criticizes State Dept. “Tilt Toward Azerbaijan”

"The key to any kind of movement to a political settlement [for Karabakh] is basically for the US to take the lead but to decouple our interests in the oil of Baku from Karabakh’s self-determination." Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) WASHINGTON–DC — Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ)–the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–criticized the State

ARF Reps Meet with Iranian Ambassador

YEREVAN — Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council members Rouben Hakopian and Vartan Petrossian met with the Iranian ambassador to Armenia–Hamid Rezah Nikkar Esfahani–and vice-consul Majid Razavi on Thursday at the Iranian Embassy. The ARF representatives were invited to the Embassy to discuss Armenia-Iran relations. Esfahani said that the current state of bilateral relations were unsatisfactory

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

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