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Robert Kocharian Appointed to The Post of Prime Minister of Armenia

YEREVAN–MARCH 20–ARMENPRESS. Today–the President of the Republic of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrossian signed two decrees. According to them Armen Sarkissian is dismissed from the post of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Robert Kocharian is appointed to the post of Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

OSCE Co Chairmen Meeting Concludes in Paris

YEREVAN (Azg daily)A meeting of the three co-chairmen of the OSCE concluded in Paris Wednesday. The goal of the talks was to set the program and schedule the new stage of negotiations on the Karabakh conflict. According to a Radio Liberty report–an official at the French foreign ministry has said that the his government’s position

Hovnatanyan’s Work to be Exhibited at National Gallery

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)A self-portrait and 12 paintings by 19th century painter Hakob Hovnatanyan was exhibited at the National Picture Gallery of Armenia. The works were lent to the Gallery by Hovnatanyan’s great-great granddaughter–Mara Martin Sethanian. She also lent several archive photos of Hovnatanyan and his daughter Nino. For the first time ever–art lovers will have

Heavy Snowfall Blocks Armenian Roads

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Sudden heavy snowfall blocked roads of Armenia’s foothill and mountainous regions connecting to the center portion of the Republic Wednesday. The Armenian Transport Ministry’s "Armenian Motorways" enterprise reports that the inclement weather completely blocked some sectors of Armenia’s northern roads such as Artik-Alagiaz– Talin-Maralik-Giumri–Ashotsk-Georgia–Giumri-Spitak–Giumri-Amassia and Amassia-Ashotsk. The gorges of Sevan–Vayk–Meghri–Aparan-Alagyaz-Spitak–Ijevan-Berd–Sisian-Goris– Yeraskh-Yeghegnadzor are very

Multilateral Cooperation to Guarantee Stability in Region

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan/Azg daily)Armenian–Iranian and Turkmen Deputy Foreign Ministers signed protocols on multilateral cooperation in the commercial–economic–banking–energy and transport fields Wednesday. Based on these protocols–a memorandum of mutual cooperation will be signed by the foreign ministers of the countries in April in Yerevan. At a news conference Wednesday Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Manassarian reported

Defendant in &quotSeptember 25quot; Trial” Charges Physical Torture

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)During the Wednesday session of the "September 25" trial– defendant Mkrtych Meghavorian testified that on the day in question–while soldiers began shooting to disperse pro-democracy protesters–he was at the entrance of his house and he never returned to the parliament building. According to Meghavorian–his neighbors could confirm his testimony. According to the defendant–he

Fire Breaks Out in Tbilisi’s Armenian Theater

TBILISI (Itar-Tass)A fire broke out in the Armenian drama theater in Tbilisi–Georgia at about 6:20 a.m. on Thursday. It took about 25 minutes and eight fire fighting units to extinguish the blaze which engulfed the roof and facade of the theater. The fire was caused by an electrical short. An investigation is underway. No casualties


YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Witnesses continued their testimony in the "Trial of 31" case which resumed last week. The testimony and questioning of 71 witnesses lasted two days. Some of the most important testimony was given by Manouk Grigorian–a former commander in the "Arapo" detachment. Grigorian began by confirming his previous testimony that he rejected Manuel Yeghiazarian’s

Kiviryan Renounces His Previous Testimony

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The "September 25" trial continued on Tuesday with defendant and journalist Argishti Kiviryan pleading not guilty and denying any participation in the organization of mass disorders. Kiviryan said that he was arrested on Oct. 2 and beaten during his confinement. He said that a great part of his preliminary testimony cannot be used

St. Mary’s Church Wins Delisting

BY ALEX SARDAR Asbarez Staff Writer GLENDALEThe Glendale City Council–during its regular meeting Tuesday heard argumen’s and voted to delist St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church–along with Holy Family Roman Catholic Church and the First Baptist Church of Glendale from the city’s historic preservation ordinance list. In what became several hours of passionate testimony–City Council members