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Refugees Reject Bill on Refugee Status

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)"A bill on the refugee status widely discussed by Armenia’s public organizations has not yet been submitted to the National Assembly for consideration," said chairman of the Sakharov’s Fund for Progress–Levon Nersessian. A coordinating council of Armenia’s public organizations attending to refugees will not endorse the bill. In a statement addressed to National

ARF Western USA Central Committee Congratulates Kocharian

GLENDALEThe Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Region Central Committee dispatched a congratulatory note to newly appointed Armenian Prime Minister Robert Kocharian. The translated text of the announcement is presented below: Honorable Prime Minister Robert Kocharian: The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western USA Central Committee warmly congratulates your appointment to the important position of prime minister of the

Cabinet Holds First Session with Kocharian

YEREVAN (Fact)Armenia’s cabinet held its first session Monday–where new prime minister Robert Kocharian was introduced to cabinet members and other government officials by Levon Ter-Petrosyan–who expressed that he accepted former prime minister Armen Sarkissian’s resignation with regret. Ter-Petrosyan told the cabinet that there were no introductions necessary for Kocharian–since he was an active and visible

US Diplomat Arrested in Belarus

MINSK (Reuter)The expulsion of a US diplomat sparked a row in the small former Soviet republic of Belarus on Monday–with the US embassy protesting and Minsk accusing Washington of behaving disrespectfully. Serzh Alexandrov–a first secretary at the embassy–was arrested at an opposition rally which erupted in clashes on Sunday–detained several hours–and told to leave in

His Holiness Aram I Makes Ecumenical Visit to Scandinavia

His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of Cilicia and Moderator of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches–set out on an ecumenical tour of three Northern European countries. During a fourteen-day trip between March 1 and 15–the delegation headed by His Holiness visited Sweden– Denmark and the Netherlands. His Holiness was accompanied by

Sarkissian Congratulates Kocharian

Yerevan (Noyan Tapan) – Armen Sarkissian–former prime minister of Armenia–sent the first congratulatory telegram–Friday to Robert Kocharian–the newly appointed prime minister of that country. Sarkissian–in addition to congratulating Kocharian–expressed confidence in his successor’s abilities to fulfill the duties of the poisition well. "I am confident your political experience and knowledge–and your personal achievemen’s will benefit

Armenian Foreign Minister Ends Visit to Egypt.

CAIRO–March 21 (Itar-Tass) – Armenian Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan ended an official visit to Armenia. During the three-day visit to Cairo the Armenian minister met President Hosni Mubarak and gave him a message from Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan. The Armenian minister held talks with Parliament Chairman Ahmed Fathi Sorour–Foreign Minister Amr Musa and other Egyptian

ANCA Participates in Washington DC Conference With International Affiliates Br Representatives From Western Hemisphere And Australia Coordinate Support for Armenia And Nagorno Karabagh

WASHINGTON–DC — Representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and its international affiliates from throughout the Western Hemisphere and Australia gathered in Washington– DC this past weekend for a three day conference in support of the independence of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh. The conference–which ran from March 14th through 16th–included extensive discussions relating

Azeri President to Visit Ukraine

KIEV March 21 (Itar-Tass) – Azeri President Geidar Aliyev will be awarded the Order of Yaroslav the Wise during his visit to the Ukrainian capital–scheduled for March 24-25. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma signed a decree on Thursday–which says that the Azeri leader would be awarded the Order for outstanding personal contribution to the development of

ANCA Welcomes Appointment of Robert Kocharyan as Prime Minister

WASHINGTON–DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) today welcomed the appointment of Robert Kocharyan as Prime Minister of Armenia. "We are pleased that Robert Kocharyan has agreed to continue his service to the Armenian people as the Prime Minister of Armenia," said ANCA Chairman Mourad Topalian. "We have confidence in his proven leadership

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