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Ghoukassian to Run for President

STEPANAKERT (Yerevan News Agency)–Sources close to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic leadership announced that Karabakh prime minister and acting president Leonard Petrossian would not be seeking a run in the upcoming presidential elections in Karabakh. The sources stated that current foreign minister Arkady Ghoukassian would be the only candidate from the Karabakh leadership. The sources also indicated

Leonard Petrossian Meets With ICRC Representatives

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–"The Karabakh leadership is against the taking of hostages and Prisoners of War," Karabakh Acting President Leonard Petrossian said at a meeting Monday with the International Committee of the Red Cross delegate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia–Dominique Buff–and head of the ICRC mission to Karabakh–Stefan Mueller. Petrossian said that Baku must renounce

Fifth Anniversary of Shoushi Liberation Marked

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The fifth anniversary of the liberation of Shoushi–Karabakh’s historical center which was populated by Azeris after a massacre of Armenia’s of the city in 1928 will be marked Friday. At the onset of the Karabakh liberation struggle Azeri forces began shelling Stepanakert and neighboring villages from Shushi. Shushi’s liberation was one of the

POW Exchange Takes Place

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An exchange of six Armenian and four Azeri POW’s supervised by the International Committee of Red Cross took place Friday. Two airplanes carrying the POW’s simultaneously took off in Baku and Yerevan at 6:00 p.m. local time and arrived at their destination an hour and a half later. Initially–the exchange was to have

Problems Between IMF Armenia Resolved

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Certain principal problems between Armenia and the International Monetary Fund have been solved and the sides are confident that their negotiations will come to a successful end. This was noted at a Monday meeting between Prime Minister Robert Kocharian and the IMF delegation in Armenia. The IMF delegation led by Thanos Catsambas–deputy head

Azeri Seeks Asylum in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An Azeri armed forces serviceman–Niyamyadly Abyshov– who had been serving in one of the Nakhichevan border detachmen’s–fled April 23 to Armenia–seeking political asylum. During a Friday meeting with the Armenian press corps he explained that his decision to flee to Armenia occurred to him long ago and was caused by mistreatment by officers

National Alliance Calls for Political Activism

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Chairman of the Armenian Democratic Party Aram Sargssian declared at a rally organized by the National Accord Alliance Friday that opposition can succeed only if people support the movement. The political leader called on the more than 3000 individuals present at the rally to attend the next gathering on May 15. "If 100,000

Shevardnadze Concludes Armenia Visit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and his delegation met with the National Assembly Speaker–Babken Ararktsian Friday in Yerevan. Shevardnadze’s delegation included Georgia’s State Minister Nikoloz Lekishvili and President of the Georgian Academy of Sciences Albert Tavkhelidze. Ararktsian stressed the importance of Shevardnadze’s visit by describing it as a necessary phase in the development of

$300 000 Raised for ACF Activities

* Richard and Tina Carolan Donate $200,000 during successful banquet. BEVERLY HILLS–More than $300,000 was raised for the Armenian Cultural Foundation Trust Fund during the organization’s annual banquet Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Tina Carolan made a princely donation of $200,000–while Mr. & Mrs. Manuel and Josephine Sassounian

International Internet Conference to Be Held in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-An international conference on the Internet "Development of Internet in Armenia and Region–Objectives and Prospects" is scheduled for May 20-24 in Nor-Amberd (Armenia). The conference will be attended by experts from member-countries of NATO–including France–Turkey–the United States–the United Kingdom–as well as Russia–Ukraine and Georgia.

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