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Rouben Hakobian Completes South America Visit

BUENOS AIRES–Armenian National Assembly member and Armenian Revolutionary Federation Armenia Executive Council representative Rouben Hakobian visited various South American Armenian communities during the period of May 15-25. Hakobian–who was invited to the continent for various speaking engagemen’s on the occasion of Armenian Independence Day–was also able to conduct several political and official meetings. With the

Kim Balayan Released

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Supreme Court of Armenia passed Monday a final verdict on the "Sept. 25" case–by declaring the charges against Armenian Revolutionary Federation member Kim Balayan groundless and unfounded. However–Balayan was found guilty according to Article 74 of the Armenian Criminal Law (mass disturbances) and received a suspended two-year prison term. Balayan was freed

Tomsen Says Peace to be Achieved Through Compromise

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A lecture–held at the Institute of Oriental Studies–Armenian Academy of Sciences–US Ambassador to Armenia Peter Tomsen noted that since the collapse of the Soviet Union more that five years ago–Russia–Armenia and Azerbaijan have made progress in consolidating their statehood and in instituting political and economic reforms. He emphasized that the United States do

Foreign Ministry Denies Charges of Arms Sales to Kurds

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Foreign Ministry of Armenia has denied a statement made by representatives of the Turkish armed forces saying that Armenia is allegedly supplying arms to rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arsen Gasparian called the statement by Secretary General of the Turkish armed forces Erol Ozkasnak "quite irresponsible." At his

Manoukian Calls for National Unity

PASADENA–Opposition leader Vazgen Manoukian pressed for national unity as more than 2,000 community members gathered at Pasadena City College’s Sexson Auditorium for an Armenian Independence Day celebration Sunday sponsored by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Western US. Manoukian–who was Armenia’s first prime minister and later defense minister–was the opposition candidate during the 1996

Accord Alliance Representatives Hold Meetings

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Representatives of the National Accord Alliance member-organizations held meetings with their respective constituencies in various regions of Armenia. Deputy chairman of the Democratic Party of Armenia–Armen Hovsepian told reporters that the social situation of people living in Armenia’s rural areas is horrible. The people are starving and there is no hope for the

Turkish Daily Discusses Possible Opening Armenia Borders

ISTANBUL (Azg)–According to Armenpress–the Turkish Milliet daily published an article Wednesday in which it was reported that Turkey’s borders with Armenia will be opening and the positive effects this action will have on relations between the two countries. According to a report from Trabizond–progress was made during negotiations between Armenian and Turkish businessmen during a

Details of Talbott’s Visit to the Caucasus Disclosed

WASHINGTON (Itar-Tass)–The details of a possible conflict resolution for the Nagorno-Karabakh region by Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group US co-chair Strobe Talbott–during his recent trip to Turkey–Armenia–Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh were disclosed to journalists by State Department Spokesman Nicholas Burns Wednesday. "Talbott visited these countries with the Russian and French co-chairmen of

Young Armenian Tennis Player Garners Significant Victories

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Olympic Sports School student Harutiun Sofian placed first out of 190 opponents in his age division at an international tennis tournament held in Kiev last week. At a tournament commemorating aircraft designer Antonov–Sofian won first place in the 14-year old age group. He was also given a special award for being the most

“Sept. 25″ Defendants to Be Released

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Following the verdict of the Armenian Supreme Court–charges of mass disturbances–Article 74–brought against defendants in the "Sept. 25 Trial" case–Vahe Beknazarian–Argishti Kivirian and Mkrtych Meghavorian–were replaced by charges of organization or active participation in group actions disturbing public order–Article 206–Thursday. They were sentenced to one and a half years in prison. Following the

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