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Community Marks Sixth Anniversary of Re established Armenian Independence

ENCINO–More than 600 community members gathered Saturday–Sept. 20–to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the re-establishment of Armenian independence during a dinner-banquet at Ferrahian Armenian School’s Avedissian Hall. An oath ceremony held prior to the banquet featured nine novices from Phoenix Arizona. The novices’ oath–along with the participation of longtime ARF members residing in Phoenix–marks the

LAUSD Board Approves Creation of Armenian Education Commission

LOS ANGELES–The Los Angeles Unified School District Board–on Monday–Sept. 15–acting on a resolution submitted by Board member Jeff Horton–approved the creation of an Armenian Education Commission by a vote of 6-0. This commission–funded by the LAUSD–is designed to address the special needs and concerns of the more than 15,000 Armenian-American students currently enrolled in the

Ter Petrosyan Stresses National Unity

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–During a speech Friday at the opening session of the Armenia Fund assembly in Yerevan–Levon Ter-Petrosyan acknowledged efforts by many organizations in working toward national unity. In his remarks–Ter-Petrosyan acknowledged the efforts of the Armenian National Committee and other organizations which launched a campaign against Azeri president Gaidar Aliyev’s visit to the US and

Azeri Official Responds to Primakov Statement

BAKU (Noyan Tapan)–Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Vafa Guluzade described Yevgeny Primakov’s attempt to eliminate Baku’s apprehensions regarding the Russia-Armenia agreement as awkward. The British Broadcasting Company Radio reported that–commenting on Primakov’s statement that Russia is ready to seal an agreement with Azerbaijan similar to that it had concluded with Armenia–Guluzade noted that this was impossible–since the

Changes to OSCE Proposals Expected

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian told an Radio Liberty correspondent Wednesday that he believes the co-chairmen of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group will make changes in their latest peace proposals for Nagorno-Karabakh. The co-chairmen are scheduled to arrive in the Armenian capital Friday. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Pleas for Markarian Release Continue

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–In a letter addressed to Levon Ter-Petrosyan–Albert Bazeyan–a member of the National Assembly from the "Yerkrapah" voluntary battalion requested the release of Hrant Markarian–defendant in the so-called "Dro" trial. "In our opinion–you [Ter-Petrosyan] hold the key to national and political harmony and cooperation–and to use that key is your professional duty," wrote Bazeyan.

Azeris Says Armenia Building Nuclear Weapons

BAKU (AP/Dow Jones)– Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday of running a dangerous nuclear power plant and of seeking to produce nuclear weapons–and demanded that the plant be closed. "Armenia continues to use its nuclear power plant–which does not meet modern world standards. This plant has become obsolete and presents a real danger of nuclear contamination

Kennedy Pallone Criticize Ellis Island Genocide Exhibit Censorship

WATERTOWN–Mass.–Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)–the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Armenian Caucus–and Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) released separate letters Wednesday expressing concern about the National Park Service’s controversial decision to reject a series of photos documenting the Armenian Genocide from inclusion in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum because of their "gruesome and gory" nature. Describing the Park Service’s

Sherman Introduces Smyrna Resolution Meets Armenian Leaders

WASHINGTON–Congressman Brad Sherman–a Democrat representative from California’s 24th district–met Thursday–Sept. 11–with a delegation of Armenian parliamentary leaders visiting Capitol Hill. The parliamentary leaders represented a broad spectrum of political parties from the governing Republic Bloc to the opposition National Accord Alliance. Sherman discussed the provision of US assistance to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in the House

State Department Discusses Alleged Armenia SCUDs

WASHINGTON (M2 Communications)–During the daily briefing at the State Department Monday–the issue of Russian and Armenian military relations were further discussed. Answering questions spokesperson James Foley–said that the Administration’s position on the accusations of arms delivery–specifically SCUD missiles to Armenia by Russia had remained the same–and that is to say the US does not have

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