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ARF Reps. Hold Meetings in Moscow

MOSCOW (RAIS) – An Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia delegation arrived in Moscow recently to meet with Russian political leaders and attend annual conferences for several Russian political parties. The delegation–which includes Executive Council members Rouben Hakopian and Gagik Mkrtchian–as well as director of the Russian-Armenian Fund Seyran Baghdasarian–participated in the annual assemblies

Erbakan Signs Military Deman’s

ANKARA (Reuter) – Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan’s government stalled for time on Thursday after accepting army orders to crack down on his own Islamist grassroots supporters. Coalition partner Tansu Ciller was quoted as saying she would ask for a parliamentary debate into planned anti-Islamist measures in an apparent tactic to delay their enforcement. "We

Armenia Egypt Cooperation Improves

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Economic relations between Egypt and Armenia’seem to be heading in the right direction–said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt–Mohammed Fathi Al Shazli–at a recent meeting with Government Chief of Staff Gagik Shahbazian. Al Shazli said that the low volume of trade between the two countries was the result of difficulties in transportation–adding that

School Board GCC Endorsemen’s Announced

The Armenian National Committee-Political Action Committee recently announced its endorsement of Mary Hamilton and Victor King for Glendale Community College Board–as well as ist endorsement of incumbent Jeanne Bentley–Hank Scheetz and Dennis Rihn for Glendale Unified School District Board in the April 1 Municipal Elections. "After reviewing candidate questionnaires and meeting with these candidates–we believe

Manoukian Asks to be Tried for “Sept. 25″ Events

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)National Democratic Union chairman and opposition presidential candidate Vazgen Manoukian called on Armenia’s Justice Minister to free defendants in the "Sept. 25" case and commence a new trial with him as the sole defendant–reported the Ayjm weekly newspaper. In a letter–Manoukian told Justice Minister Artavazd Gevorkian that opposition leaders charged with disturbing the

Producer Wins Award at Film Festival

YEREVAN (Armenpress)At the recent International Documentary Film Festival in France– Vardan Hakopian–a culture student from the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute–won the Theatrical Union award for his production of the film–"This is life." This is the second time that Hakopian’s film–which is the first film he has ever made–has won an international award. The first award was

Armenian Greek Treaty Ratified

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The Armenian-Greek Friendship and Cooperation treaty–signed on June 17,1996–was ratified by the Armenian National Assembly Tuesday. The treaty aimed at strengthening the traditional friendly relations between the two countries and promoting stability and development in Europe. The two countries also pledged to cooperate in the fields of human rights and the promotion of

French Delegation Meets with Arzoumanian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian met Wednesday with co-chairmen of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Conference and Minsk Group–Jacques Bleu and Georges Vogier. The foreign ministry press service announced that Bleu briefed the foreign minister regarding the recent OSCE Minsk Group Troika meeting in Copenhagen–Denmark–outlining that the Minsk Group nine-member

Jilavian Freed After 1.5 Years in Prison

MOSCOW (Azg)Chairman of the International Armenian Assembly–Serge Jilavian–who served one and a half years in prison for illegal possession of weapons– was freed on March 3. Justice Maltsev freed Jilavian after considering his social position–his clean record and he has already served one and a half years in prison since the trial started. Jilavian’s lawyers

Armenia to Hold Military Exercises

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)Armenia will hold command and-staff military exercises at the end of March with the participation of reservists–Armenian Defense Minister Vazgen Sargsyan said during a television appearance Tuesday. Reserve servicemen are scheduled to be called up for the three days of exercises–the minister said. The purpose of the exercises would be to improve combat capacity