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Vartan Oskanian Meets With Strobe Talbott

WASHINGTON–First Deputy Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian is currently on a working visit to Washington for a series of meetings with the State Department and White House officials. Oskanian arrived in Washington Tuesday from New York–where he participated in the 19th Special Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly on sustainable development and made a statement

Women’s Group Protest Markarian Sentence

YEREVAN–A number of women’s organizations–in an appeal statement addressed to the Armenian Supreme Court–expressed their concerns regarding Hrant Markarian’s incarceration of more than two-and-a-half years. In the statement the organizations protested the verdict handed down against Markarian as part of the so-called "Dro" trial–during which the Karabakh freedom fighter was found guilty for the possession

“Sept. 25″ Trial Defendant Testimony Refuted

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a regular session of the fifth set of the "Sept. 25" Trial Wednesday defendant Arsen Yeghiazarian reiterated that on Sept. 25–he appeared at the National Assembly building by chance. After a group of people burst into the building he went upstairs to the cabinet of the National Assembly speaker and tried to

Fifth “Sept. 25″ Trial Begins in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The fifth "Sept. 25" judicial proceedings began Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Armenia. Defendant Arsen Yeghiazarian charged with participation in mass disturbances pleaded not guilty. He said that on Sept. 25–he appeared at the National Assembly building by chance and witnessed the crowd beat Parliament Chairman Babken Ararktsian. Yeghiazarian said that he

Armenia Agrees With Denver Statement

YEREVAN (Yerevan News Service)–Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s spokesperson Levon Zourabyan told a news conference Wednesday that Armenia was in agreement with the announcement issued by the presidents of the US–France and Russia on the political resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Zourabyan stated that Armenia wanted a negotiated peace involving the sides to the conflict and added that

Appellate Court Hears “Dro” Grievances

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Despite assertions by governmental spokesperson Levon Zourabian and Prosecutor General Henrik Khachatrian that there are no political prisoners in Armenia–I still insist that Hrant Markarian is a political prisoner," attorney Rouben Sahakian said Tuesday at a Court of Appeals session of the Supreme Court’s Presidium. The "Dro" appeals process began on June 19

Armenia Deviated from Democracy Shahnazarian Says

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The Transcaucasus should not be viewed as an environment for the oil pipeline. It is necessary that the Karabakh conflict be solved on a legal plane," National Assembly member David Shahnazarian said speaking at the American University of Armenia. Addressing the conference "The Transcaucasus Today: Prospects for Regional Integration," Shahnazarian opined that the

National Assembly Amen’s Civil Law

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a special session of the National Assembly Monday–Armenia’s Civil Law was amended. The amendmen’s chiefly concern Article 7 of the Criminal Law which is related to protection of honor–dignity and business reputation. A new article 7.1 has been added to the Law. The new article regulates compensation for moral damage.

Unknown Charents Poem Discovered

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–According to officials at the Ministry of Interior and National Security–a never-before seen Russian translation of a poem by Yeghishe Charents was found in the agency’s archives recently. This finding coincides with the great poet’s 100th birthday–and it is believed that he wrote the piece while in prison at Yerevan Central Jail in

Armenian Delegations Visiting Moscow Strasbourg

YEREVAN (Hayastani Hanrapetutiun)–A delegation of the Ministry of Interior and National Security–headed by Minister Serge Sargsian–left for Moscow Monday–on the invitation of Russian deputy Prime Minister Anatoli Kulikov. According to the press service of Ministry of Interior and National Security–the goal of the visit is collaboration between corresponding structures of the two countries– struggle against

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