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Armenia’s Kurds Protest Turkish Attacks on Kurds

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The Turkish government did not forget the vicious policy of its predecessors. Being unsatisfied with the extermination of one-and-a-half million Armenia’s and inspired by the indifference of the West–on the threshold of the 21st century–Turkey is violating international human rights laws and freedoms–continuing its barbaric attacks on Kurdish people," read a statement disseminated

IAEA Assists Armenia’s Nuclear Industry

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–International Atomic Energy Agency’s "Legislative Assistance For the Utilization of Nuclear Energy" project is currently being implemented in Armenia. The project aims–first of all–at reviewing the entire nuclear legislative system in target countries. Sources report that the implementation of the project is due for completion in 2000. Total funding provided under the project

75 Percent Say There Are Political Prisoners in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Center for Sociological Studies at the Deputy Club "Supreme Council" has held a telephone poll showing that 75 percent of residents of Yerevan believe there are political prisoners in Armenia. 12 percent say there are no such prisoners–while 13 percent have found it difficult to reply. Sociologist Anahit Sargssian–the Center’s director–said Thursday

International Organizations Recognize Political Prisoners

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Since the parliamentary elections in 1995–in order to veil blatant violations at the polls–and in order to diverge public attention and foreign state inquiries on the real executors of a purported coup–it has become a tradition to reveal so-called terrorists and individuals purportedly involved in coups," read a statement by the public council

Prosecutor General Says Trials Are Needlessly Delayed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The so-called ?Dro,’ ?31′ and ?Sept. 25′ are unnecessarily delayed–and often some of the charges seem to be fabricated," stated Armenia’s new prosecutor general Henrik Khatchatrian during a meeting Thursday with defense attorneys of the said cases. Khatchatrian promised to review the cases and correct any illegalities which have occurred–defense attorney Avedik Ishkhanian

Self Determination Topic of Beirut Seminar

BEIRUT–A two-day seminar/workshop focusing on issues confronting the resolution of the Armenian cause organized by the Armenian National Committee of Lebanon took place last week at the Riviera hotel–with the participation of high-level officials from the Lebanese government and legislature–as well as academic and religious circles. During the three sessions of this seminar–the political and

Yeltsin Fires Defense Minister

MOSCOW (Reuter)–President Boris Yeltsin–furious over high-level army corruption and a lack of military reforms–Thursday abruptly sacked Defense Minister Igor Rodionov and the head of the general staff–Viktor Samsonov. "They deserved such a decision by doing nothing and they got it," Interfax news agency quoted Yeltsin as telling reporters when he met Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

397 Environmental Violations Uncovered

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Inspection Service of the Ministry of Nature and Wildlife Protection of Armenia inspected 356 large-sizes companies and uncovered 397 environmental safety violations. According to ministry spokeswoman Yekaterina Alexanian–Ararat Cement Works No. 2 was among the major violators. Its waste dust polluted the environment and was deemed a health hazard for the population.

Prosecutor General Meets with Prisoners’ Relatives

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Relatives of Armenia’s political prisoners continued their demonstration at Republic Square in Yerevan Wednesday carrying signs reading–"Free Political Prisoners!" and "Defend the Armenian Heroes!" Newly-appointed Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatrian immediately agreed to meet with the demonstrators. During the meeting Khachatrian assured demonstrators that there would no longer be what he called "dictatorship." Khachatrian

Pilibos School Chorus Dazzles Audience

GLENDALE–The anniversary of the establishment of the first Republic of Armenia was marked Sunday with an impressive performance of patriotic and national songs by the 90-member Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School chorus at the Glendale High School Auditorium where more than 1,200 community members turned out for a concert under the direction of Prof.