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First HCA Teleconference Takes Place

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The first international teleconference of the Helsinki Citizen Assembly’s youth groups of the Transcaucasus and the Prague-based HCA International Secretariat was held Wednesday. Coordinator of the Nagorno-Karabakh "Helsinki Initiative -92" committee–Karen Ohanjanian– said that preparations for the international youth conference and other issues of concern to Transcaucasian youth were addressed during the conference.

Sarkissian Bans Ministries From Press Services

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian has banned all ministries– except foreign and defense–to have their own press services and promised support to the Armenpress news agency–which will become a state-owned joint-stock company. The ministries will have two or three staff members responsible for press and public relations– and their work will be coordinated by

Medzamor Working at Decreased Capacity

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Speaking before Armenia’s National Assembly–Minister of Energy Gagik Martirossian said that the first turbogenerator of the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant which was shut down early Tuesday was reactivated the following morning. The second turbogenerator was put into operation at 9:15 a.m. that morning–and the plant is currently working at a 280 megawatt capacity.

Khachatrian Re Elected Cru Chairman

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Hrant Khachatrian was re-elected chairman of Armenia’s Constitutional Rights Union during the organization’s eighth annual conference on Wednesday. Haik Baboukhanian was re-elected vice-chairman. According to the CRU administrative body–a control commission was set up and new members were admitted to the group. "The opinion expressed by the US Ambassador to Armenia that the

UN Peace Keepers Probe Renewed Violence in Cyprus

NICOSIA (Reuter)United Nations forces in Cyprus launched an inquiry into a shooting incident between Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the divided island on Thursday morning–UN officials said. Opposing sides on the divided island gave different accounts of the incident–which took place between 2 and 3 a.m. in the vicinity of the Turkish-held village of Louroujina–12

Stone Age Museum to Open in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The Karedaran organization is planning to open a Stone Age Culture Museum in Yerevan–organization chairman Souren Ayvazian said. The museum will exhibit rock drawings–cuneiform writing–solar clocks and carvings of dragons created in ancient Armenia–as well as cross carvings from different periods. Ayvazian said that UNESCO is expected to assist the organization in establishing

Government Begins Trial Against Pro Democracy Protesters

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia’s Supreme Court started hearing the case of five defendants–charged with participation in mass disorders following the presidential elections in what is called the "Sept. 25" trial on Thursday. The defendants in the case are Vahe Beknazarian (attorney Marina Galabian)–Hapet Petrossian (attorney Patvakan Khoudoyan)–Seyran Massoyan (attorney Gayaneh Antonian)–Argishti Kivirian (attorney Anahit Yessayan) and

BSEC Foreign Ministers to Meet in Istanbul

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)An Armenian delegation–led by the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Manasarian–left for Turkey to participate in the foreign ministers meeting of Black Sea Economic Cooperation countries. The meeting was initiated by the BSEC General Secretariat and the regional BSEC chairman– Turkey. Problems associated with the creation of free market zones with BSEC-member participation will

Year Begins with Increased Investment

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The January 1997 investment activity index–"Hrant," has increased by 18 percent compared to the previous month. The reported growth for December 1996 was 7.4. This clearly differs from the situation observed last year when the index was constantly falling– "Hrant" brokerage director Haik Martirossian said. In 1996 the index dropped two-fold–from 15.11 in

Midland Armenia Bank Broadens Clientele

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)In the coming months Midland-Armenia Bank will broaden its client base to include foreign businessmen who will bring new investmen’s and new technologies to Armenia–according to bank executive David Budd. New customers from Hong Kong and other Asian countries are expected to arrive in Armenia to discuss the details. Budd also announced that