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Armenian National Party Denied Registration

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Justice Ministry of Armenia has for the second time denied the registration of the Armenian National Party–saying that the Party’s statute is in conflict with its finances. At a news conference Wednesday–Souren Soureniants–a member of the ANP Central Committee–said that delays in the ANP’s registration were strictly political. Currently–two members of the

CIS to Discuss Illegal Arms Supply to Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Commonwealth of Independent States Council of Foreign Ministers discussed today the alleged illegal Russian weapons shipmen’s to Armenia. The Georgian Kavkas-Press agency reports that the meeting of the CIS ministers was instigated by Azerbaijan’s concern over these shipmen’s. Moscow’s military prosecutor’s office has begun its investigations into all weapons shipmen’s to Armenia

Europarliament Delegation Arrives in Armenia

YEREVAN (Hayastani Hanrapetutyun)–A delegation of the European Parliament Committee for Relations with Transcaucasia–headed by chairman Alexandros Alavanos (Greece) arrived in Yerevan Tuesday. The delegation met with National Assembly Speaker Babken Ararktsian and discussed problems associated with the integration of Armenia in European structures. Alavanos and Ararktsian also discussed domestic and international concerns facing Armenia–the resolution

Electorial Commission Accepts Hovanessian’s Petition

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armavir regional electoral commission Tuesday accepted a petition for Vahan Hovanessian’s candidacy in upcoming open-seat parliamentary elections in Armenia. Hovanessian is a representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and a member of the party’s Executive Council of Armenia. As of Tuesday–200 signatures were collected. A minimum of 500 is required for registration

Rumors Spread Among Defendants

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A recent rumor–aimed at turning defendants of the "September 25" trial against the opposition–caused an uproar "You want to put us in jail for two years. We’ll go out and say that nobody–including [National Democratic Union chairman] Vazgen Manoukian–is better than us," defendants Seyran Massoyan and Abet Petrossian said at a court session

Three Hydropower Plants Proposed for Privatization

YEREVAN (Hayastani Hanrapetutyun)–The Areni and Azatek hydropower plants have been sold to the Yerevan-Energo company in a move to privatize these previously state-owned services. The Azatek plant was sold for $18.1 million and the Areni plant was sold for $15.1 million. The Yeghegnadzor plant was not sold because the applications were received after the imposed

Genocide to be Marked On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON–Members of Congress will join the Armenian-American community in a Congressional Observance on Capitol Hill marking the 82nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government. The Congressional Observance–co-hosted by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and US representatives Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.)–Martin Meehan (D-Mass.)–David Bonior (D-Mich.)–and George Radanovich (R-Calif.)–is sponsored by the Armenian National

Manoukian Sees Troubled Spring

By Lawrence Sheets YEREVAN (Reuter)–A "Belgrade Spring" of rallies and civil disobedience could force the Armenian government out of power–opposition leader Vazgen Manoukian said Wednesday. Vazgen Manoukian–the former prime minister who says he won last year’s controversial presidential poll–will meet other top opposition figures Saturday. They are expected to call for measures to force Levon

Yerevan’s Chief Architect Resigns

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Noted Armenian architect-turned folk singer Artur Meschyan–who was appointed as Yerevan’s chief architect resigned from his post–sources reported Wednesday. "If there was only one reason–I would say it. But there is a heap of reasons," Meschyan was quoted as saying. Meschyan was appointed to this position by Yerevan Mayor Vano Siradeghian and returned

European Parliament Delegation to Arrive in Armenia

YEREVAN (Azg daily)–According to a National Assembly press service report–a delegation of the European Council Committee for Relations with Transcaucasia was scheduled to arrive in Yerevan Tuesday. The delegation–headed by chairman Alexandros Alavanos is expected to meet with Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Babken Ararktsian–as well as various National Assembly committee members and deputies.