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Prime Minister to Negotiate with EBRD

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian left for London Thursday to negotiate with the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and its board of directors. There are reportedly problems with EBRD’s loan allocated for the construction of the fifth block of the Hrazdan Thermal Energy Plant. The initial $57 million loan

Prospects of Armenia IMF Cooperation Discussed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian met with Susan Jones– International Monetary Fund representative in Armenia on Wednesday to discuss prospects of cooperation between Armenian and the international lending group. The results of Sarkissian’s recent talks at the IMF–prospects for development–as well as questions related to an upcoming IMF delegation visit to Armenia were

Arzoumanian Meets with European Delegation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian met with a delegation of the Council of Europe on Wednesday. The delegation is in Armenia on a fact-finding mission to study Armenia’s application for membership to the European group. A final report will be presented to the EC Ministers Council–which has a decisive role in the membership

Ifad to Implement Agricultural Development Program

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The International Fund for Agricultural Development is expected to start implementation of a large-scale program–which aims "to promote agricultural development in northwestern Armenia in the second half of 1997–said a representative of Armenia’s Ministry of Agriculture Andranik Petrossian. He also said that a regular conference of IFAD-member countries will be held in Rome

Witnesses Deny Plotting Coup

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)At a Tuesday hearing of the so-called "Trial of 31," witnesses Gaspar Baghdoyan and Lernik Matevossian recanted their preliminary testimony. They denied that defendant Tigran Avetissian had allegedly encouraged them to participate in the coup. According to the witnesses–they had been psychologically forced into signing preliminary evidence created by investigators. Baghdoyan said that

First HCA Teleconference Takes Place

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The first international teleconference of the Helsinki Citizen Assembly’s youth groups of the Transcaucasus and the Prague-based HCA International Secretariat was held Wednesday. Coordinator of the Nagorno-Karabakh "Helsinki Initiative -92" committee–Karen Ohanjanian– said that preparations for the international youth conference and other issues of concern to Transcaucasian youth were addressed during the conference.

Sarkissian Bans Ministries From Press Services

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian has banned all ministries– except foreign and defense–to have their own press services and promised support to the Armenpress news agency–which will become a state-owned joint-stock company. The ministries will have two or three staff members responsible for press and public relations– and their work will be coordinated by

Medzamor Working at Decreased Capacity

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Speaking before Armenia’s National Assembly–Minister of Energy Gagik Martirossian said that the first turbogenerator of the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant which was shut down early Tuesday was reactivated the following morning. The second turbogenerator was put into operation at 9:15 a.m. that morning–and the plant is currently working at a 280 megawatt capacity.

Khachatrian Re Elected Cru Chairman

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Hrant Khachatrian was re-elected chairman of Armenia’s Constitutional Rights Union during the organization’s eighth annual conference on Wednesday. Haik Baboukhanian was re-elected vice-chairman. According to the CRU administrative body–a control commission was set up and new members were admitted to the group. "The opinion expressed by the US Ambassador to Armenia that the

UN Peace Keepers Probe Renewed Violence in Cyprus

NICOSIA (Reuter)United Nations forces in Cyprus launched an inquiry into a shooting incident between Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the divided island on Thursday morning–UN officials said. Opposing sides on the divided island gave different accounts of the incident–which took place between 2 and 3 a.m. in the vicinity of the Turkish-held village of Louroujina–12

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