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Defendant Says Truth will Never Come Out

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-At the Monday session of the so-called "Trial of 31," the head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Military Police–Colonel Gevork Iskanderian–said that he had not ordered former inspector of the same department–defendant Arthur Kazarian–to find out the source and route of the alleged arms transportation. He also said that it wasn’t

National Gallery Paintings Restored

YEREVAN (Golos Armenii–Snark)-Hovannes Aivazovsky’s famous painting–"Before the Storm," completed in 1888 and just recently restored–has been returned to the National Picture Gallery of Armenia. Head of the restoration department of the National Picture Gallery–Hamlet Matevosian–said that more than 100 paintings have undergone similar restorations during the past six years. The main cause of the damage

Armenian Filmmaker Awarded at Festival

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-A second-year film student at the Armenian Pedagogical Institute received an award at an international film festival in the French city of Anjeaux–held Jan. 17-24. Vartan Hakopian directed the film–"Cest la Vie," which is a true story about Souren Seyranian– a researcher at the Mechanics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences. In

Model Citizen Program Ends

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-A training seminar on "Children’s Rights– Human Rights and the Constitution," held under the "Citizen of the 21st Century" program came to an end last week. The model citizen project was implemented by the Pan- Armenian Women’s Union in association with the United Nations Center for Democracy and Human Rights. The participants of

Wells Fargo Begins Atm Transactions to Armenia

The creation of a new product-the Armenian ATM Remittance Account-which will make sending money to relatives and friends in Armenia easier–Wells Fargo Bank announced last week. Wells Fargo is the first bank in the United States to offer this service–which will allow for electronic money transfers from any branch or ATM in its 10-state Western

Launches Website

GLENDALE-In continuing its commitment to high-quality service–the Asbarez daily newspaper launched a multi-purpose and free-of- charge news and information website Saturday-at http.//www.asbarez.com-which allows electronic access to the Asbarez English Section. The website is an easy-access site featuring top stories of the day–a weekly community digest–general features and documen’s–as well as research archives containing documen’s– reports

Representatives Lead Drive to Enforce Corridor Act

Bipartisan group calls upon the President to suspend all US aid to Turkey until its blockade of Armenia has been lifted. WASHINGTON-Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Co-Chairmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and John Edward Porter (R-Ill.) have teamed up with Massachusetts Democrat Joseph Kennedy–II and New Jersey Republican Chris Smith in urging their colleagues to co-sign

Tomsen Assesses Sarkissian’s US Visit

YEREVAN-US Ambassador to Armenia Peter Tomsen–who accompanied Armenian Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian during his working visit to the United States–discussed the recent trip during a press conference on Monday. Tomsen told reporters that US-Armenia relations–since 1991 when Armenia declared independence–have been exceptional–with relations reaching their pinnacle in 1994. Tomsen–said that both Sarkissian and Gore–have just

Education Ministry Offers Scholarships

The Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Armenia announced that it is offering scholarships to foreign students of Armenian descent for the 1997-1998 academic year–for undergraduate and post-graduate studies in various universities and research centers of the Armenian Academy of Sciences. The scholarships will cover tuition fees and dormitory expenses. Foreign students

Hakobian meets with US Reps.

YEREVAN-Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia member Rouben Hakobian met with US Embassy representatives Susan Thornton and David Franzin Wednesday afternoon following his meeting with Justice Minister Marat Alexanian. At the request of the US Embassy–Hakobian briefed the officials on his earlier meeting at the Justice Ministry to discuss the reinstatement of the ARF

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