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Baku Pleased With OSCE Misnk Group Proposal

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The day before the visit to Baku by a delegation of Minsk Conference co-chairmen including Strobe Talbott (US)–Valentin Lozinsky (Russia) and Jacques Bleut (France)–Azeri State Adviser Vafa Guluzade told the local press that the new proposals by the Minsk group were consistent with the principles of the Lisbon Summit–and therefore met Azerbaijan’s national

System of Human Rights Protection in Armenia Nonexistent

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Today–human rights protection is our main problem," Gagik Haroutiunian–Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia–said at a "Human Rights and Freedoms Protection Guarantees" workshop in Yerevan on Friday. "In Armenia–where human potential is the major motive force–the human resource is the most inefficiently used resource. The best example of this is our education

Kim Balayan Says Authorities Organized “Sept. 25″ Events

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"It is rather difficult to label organizers of the September 25 disturbances as both organizers and participants as they are the same people," defendant Kim Balayan said Monday at a court hearing of the September 25 case. Balayan is sure that Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia–Ara Sahakian–a victim in the case

National Self Determination Union Renamed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Paruyr Hairikian has been re-elected Chairman of the National Self-Determination Union at the 17th Congress of the Party held on Friday in Yerevan. Rouben Vardanian still holds the position of deputy chairman of the Party–while Aram Haroutiunian has been re-elected Speaker of the NSDU Parliament. The congress has changed the official name of

Glendale ANC Endorses School Bond Initiative

GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee-Glendale Chapter announced its endorsement of the Glendale Unified School District Bonds Initiative which will be on the ballot at a special election scheduled for Tuesday– June 3. This Bonds initiative–the first in the District since 1964–will raise much needed funds for structural renovations and improvemen’s of every one of the 27

Opposition Outlines Position on Government Change

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The National Accord Alliance outlined possible mechanisms of changing leadership at a rally held Friday in Yerevan. Leader of the National Self-Determination Union Paruyr Hairkian presented a new conception of dissolution of the parliament and holding new parliamentary elections–which–he said–would be possible after the adoption of a new law on elections–which is being

OSCE Minsk Group Chairs Talbot Arrive in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group for Nagorno-Karabakh–Valentin Lozinsky from Russia and Jacques Blaut from France–as well as US Undersecretary of State Strobe Talbott arrived in Yerevan Friday for a two day visit. The US co-chairman of the Minsk Group Joseph Presel was already in Armenia. A

Islamist Coalition Loses Majority

ANKARA (Reuter)–Turkey’s first Islamist-led government–reeling from months of attacks by the secularist elite–lost its absolute majority in parliament Friday with the defection of a senior conservative parliamentarian. Yildirim Aktuna–a member the junior coalition partner True Path Party (DYP)–handed out copies of his resignation letter at a news conference and said he would submit it to

Khachatrian Holds First Press Conference

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Newly appointed Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatrian held his first press conference Friday–outlining his goals and ideas on his new post. According to Khachatrian–the prosecutor’s office must act as the state’s immune system–and for this reason–he said–it is an absolute necessity to adopt new laws regulating the judicial branch and the law-enforcement agencies. Khachatrian

Lisbon Summit Deemed Negative for Peace Process

STEPANEKERT (Noyan Tapan)–In the wake of a visit by the Minsk Group delegation–Karabakh Acting President Leonard Petrossian in a meeing with Deputy Speaker of the British Parliament’s House of Lords–Baroness Cox and members of a delegation of Christian Solidarity International explained–"The statement by the acting OSCE Chairman at the Lisbon summit last December–which pre-determines Karabakh’s

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