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Trial Based on ARF Membership: Hovanessian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Vahan Hovanessian–defendant in the "Trial of 31," made his last remarks Wednesday. According to him–the fact that Prosecutor Charkhifalakian altered charges of high treason and plotting an act of terrorism to charges of calling for a forcible overthrow of power shows that they are being indicted only for belonging to the Armenian Revolutionary

Azeris Prepare to Use Grozny Pipeline

BAKU (Itar-Tass)–A top official at the Azerbaijan State Oil Company on Tuesday ruled out any possibility of "tough measures" against Russia in connection with its apparent failure to start transporting Azeri oil through its territory which according to previous agreemen’s was to begin Wednesday. However–the company’s first vice-president–speaking to Tass–made it clear that while the

ARF LEader Responds to NDU Statemen’s

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "The ARF has never been submissive and subordinate to the authorities–a party betraying its ideals–neither is it ever going to become such a party," Rouben Hakobian–political representative of the ARF Executive Council of Armenia–said at a news conference Wednesday in response to the statement by David Vardanian–a member of the National Democratic

Arzoumanian Meets With Secretary General Annan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–During a meeting between Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Tuesday–the former informed that Armenia’s government supports the refomation program of the UN proposed by Kofi Annan. Armenia’s Minister presented the latest facts surrounding the settlement of the Karabakh conflict–as they are being pursued within the OSCE Minsk

French Envoy Discusses Yeltin Chirac Message

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Following recent negotiations in Moscow–the Russian and French Presidents made a joint statement–according to which–the cooperation within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Chairmanship has made it possible to make the works carried out with the parties to the Karabakh conflict more active and work out proposals for the stage-by-stage regulation of the

Catholicos Aram I Arrives in New York

NEW YORK–His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–arrived in New York’s Kennedy airport at 2 p.m. Wednesday–on the first leg of his first pontifical visit to Eastern US and Canada. He was accompanied by the Rev. Khoren Doghramajian. Greeting His Holiness at the airport were Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian–Prelate of Eastern United States

ARF Leader Responds to Ter Petrosyan Comments

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia views commen’s made by Levon Ter-Petrosyan in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as dangerous," Rouben Hakobian–ARF Executive Council representative said at a news conference Wednesday. He defined as a serious mistake the contrasting of the national-liberation struggle in Karabakh and the building of Armenia’s independent

ANCA Chairman Visits Fresno Keynotes Event

Mourad Topalian–Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America–visited Fresno Sept. 26-28–kicking off his three-day stay in Central California with a press conference at the Asbarez Armenian Center where he spoke to members of the local press on the ANCA. Topalian focused on the Ellis Island photo exhibit issue–which has since been resolved–and on securing

ARS Receives $500 000 from USAID

WASHINGTON–The Armenian Relief Society Consortium Washington Office announced that it has received approximately $500,000 from the United States Agency for International Development to implement a School Weatherization Project in Armenia. The grant is made to the ARS through USAID’s Caucasus Umbrella Grant Program managed by Save the Children. The ARS will weatherize 20 educational institutions

First Dynasty Concludes Armenian Gold Acquisition

YEREVAN (PRNewswire)–Global Gold Armenia–an affiliate of First Dynasty Mines Ltd.–has successfully concluded an agreement with the government of Armenia to acquire a 50 percent joint venture interest in the Zod and Meghradzor gold mines in Armenia–Marcus Randolph–President of First Dynasty Mines–announced Wednesday. The two mines currently have a combined estimated resource of six million ounces

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