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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

Russian Delegation Continues Visit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian met with a delegation from Russia on Tuesday–headed by special envoy Vsevolod Oleandrov. The goal of the current stage of Armenian-Russian negotiations is the discussion of the draft agreement on bilateral relations. Sarkissian also touched upon his recent visit to Moscow and said that the agreemen’s he reached

Russia Refuses to Transport Azeri Oil

MOSCOW (Segondya)The Azerbaijan State Oil company announced Tuesday that the Russian oil pipeline operator–Transneft–refused to pump Azeri oil along the route from its capital Baku through Chechnya to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The announcement nullified previous agreemen’s between Russia and Azerbaijan on the export of 70 million tons of oil to Europe from

Russian Delegation Discusses Fate of Military Bases in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)A Russian government delegation–headed by special envoy Vsevolod Oleandrov–arrived in Yerevan Tuesday. "We’ll carry out the second round of negotiations between the government delegations of our two countries–revise whatever has become obsolete and should be replaced–and define a plan for future activities." Speaking about the presence of Russian military bases and the status

Karabakh Official Blames Russia for Double Standard

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Russia has officially recognized the legitimacy of the January 27 presidential election in Chechnya. No foreign countries has doubted the legitimacy of this election (the problem of Chechnya’s legal status will be decided after 2000)–and Aslan Maskhadov–the winner in the Chechen presidential election–is continuing to receive congratulatory messages from Moscow–a Karabakh foreign ministry

Armenia Losing Public Relations War to Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia is losing its public relations war to Azerbaijan–announced Armenia’s National Assembly members during a press conference Tuesday–addressing their experiences during a four-day parliamentary conference organized by the European Parliament. The delegation participating in the conference held between January 26 and 30 in Strasbourg– explained that the Azeri upper hand in the PR

Karabakh Railway Would Benefit Neighbors

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-Russia and Azerbaijan can make $200 million annually if a railway line through Karabakh is opened–Russian Minister for Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States–Amman Tuliyev–said on Friday. According to him–opening the new railway to Iran via Nagorno-Karabakh will enable Russia to establish numerous projects with the Transcaucasian states. Tuliyev proposed to allocate

EC Proposes Aid to Armenia Georgia Tajikistan

BRUSSELS (Xinhua)-The European Commission has proposed to provide Armenia–Georgia and possibly Tajikistan–with aid of up to $262 million. The aid will be in the form of long-term loans of $202 million combined with direct gran’s of $60 million–the commission said. The present proposal to the European Union makes it possible for the commission to negotiate

Iran Sees Armenia as Link to Europe

DUBAI (Reuter)-Armenia could offer neighboring Iran a link to Europe–the speaker of the Iranian parliament told his visiting Armenian counterpart–Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Sunday. Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri told Babken Ararktsian Saturday that Iran was willing to further broaden relations with Armenia and offer it a communication bridge with the Gulf–IRNA said. Armenia–too–could