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Libaridian Resigns Cites Personal Reasons

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The President has accepted my resignation–effective at the end of September or any time before–as soon as he can designate someone to take over my responsibilities," Senior Advisor to Levon Ter-Petrosyan Jirair Libaridian told journalists at news conference held Monday in Yerevan. Noting that the reason for resignation is purely personal–he added that

SDU Leader’s Criminal Case Assigned to Prosecutor’s Office

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia’started probe into criminal proceedings instituted against former deputy chairman of the Self-Determination Union Aramazd Zakarian. SDU Spokesman Aram Haroutiunian reported that a couple of days before investigation group agents came to SDU Head Office and requested documen’s related to the collection of donations. Haroutiunian said that

Parliament An Instrument of Ter Petrosyan Says Yegorian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "It is a method of forced policy–when everybody is made understood what may happen to them. Everybody [at the National Assembly] must have some fear in them and obey and to believe that things can change anything in this state is hopeless and impossible," National Assembly member Edward Yegorian said Friday–commenting on

Minsk Group Co Chairs to Arrive in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are scheduled to arrive in Armenia Friday. They are expected to meet with Levon Ter-Petrosyan Saturday–participate in celebrations on Armenia’s Independence Day on Sunday and leave for Karabakh next Monday–to meet with the Karabakh President–after which they will visit Baku–Ter-Petrosyan’s chief-advisor Jirair Libaridian told reporters.

Lebanese Speaker Calls for Closer Ties

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Lebanon’s parliamentary delegation led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and accompanied by National Assembly speaker Babken Ararktsian visited St.Echmiadzin Sunday. Noting the importance of the meeting His Holiness Karekin I underscored that the Armenian community of Lebanon was one of the most important communities of the Armenian Diaspora. According to Karekin I–Lebanon and

Pilibos Begins Year With Record 615 Enrollment

LOS ANGELES–Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School began its 1997-98 academic year with an unprecedented 615 students–a record high for the school which averaged between 500 and 530 students over the past five years. Opening ceremonies held on Thursday–Sept. 4–marked the beginning of the 1997-98 school year. Dean of Students Charles Lousararian officially welcomed Bishop

Human Rights Activist Contradicts Officials

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Following the Karabakh presidential elections–Director of the Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan Eldar Zeynalov has begun a campaign intended to discredit numbers of Karabakh refugees reported by the Armenian government. According to Armenian reports 2,147 Karabakh refugees took part in the polls in Armenia–while according to Zeynalov this is not an accurate number–and

Ex National Security Chief Expelled From Ruling ANM

YEREVAN (Respublica Armenia)–Politician and member of the National Assembly–one of the founders of the Armenian National Movement David Shahnazarian has been expelled from the party–Haik daily reported Thursday. Expelling Shahnazarian from the ANM coincided with Edward Yegorian’s anti-government and anti-ANM announcemen’s–and his subsequent removal as the chairman of a parliamentary commission. No secret has been

Baghdassarian Sadoyan Charged With Organizing Mass Disturbances

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Members of the National Democratic Union and the National Assembly Arshak Sadoyan and Albert Baghdassarian became familiarized with the charges brought against them–after the two came out of hiding earlier this week from remaining in hiding after the Sept. 25–1996 post-presidential elections events. Both are accused with mass disturbances (count 74 of the

“Dro” Trial Consequences Looming Long After Proceedings

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–What role did the so-called "Dro" case play in political developmen’s in Armenia and relationship between the authorities and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation? Did the mass media display itself as the fourth estate? Was the verdict of the 11 defendants involved in the case fair? All of these questions were raised during round

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