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Armenian Independence Day Marked in Armenia

YEREVAN (Yerevan News Service)–In celebration of Armenian Independence Day–a pilgrimage to the grave of national leader Aram Manoukian took place Wednesday at the Yerevan State Cemetery. The event which was organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Yerevan district chapter–drew a large number of participants. Opening remarks were made by chapter member Gagik Yeran’syan–and the keynote

Vazgen Manoukian Discusses Upcoming US Visit

YEREVAN (Fact)–Opposition leader and chairman of the National Democratic Party Vazgen Manoukian addressed Armenia’s national press club Wednsday and discussed his upcoming visit to the United States–as well as his outlook regarding legal proceedings and political trial currently underway in Armenia. He announced that he would be departing for the US Sunday–and explained that he

Arzoumanian Says Integration Into Europe a Priority

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian met with the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the Supreme Rada Alexander Moroz Thursday to discuss the development of bilateral relations as well as their positions on a number of key problems both international and within the Commonwealth of Independent States. Arzoumanian stressed that Armenia’s top

ARF Leaders Meet With Swedish Social Democratic Party Reps

STOCKHOLM–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau representative Mario Nalbandian and ARF Scandinavian regional representative Margis Panosian met Wednesday with Roger Hallhag–Eastern Europe representative of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. The meeting which took place at the national headquarters of the Social Democratic Party–lasted an hour–and the sides discussed–among other issues–the current socio-political and economic situation in the

Publication of Aravot Newspaper to Resume in June

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The publication of the Aravot daily newspaper will resume on June 3–according to its editor-in-chief–Aram Abramian. The newspaper hasn’t been published since February 1997 when its publication was suspended for lack of funds.

ARF’s Seized Property Being Returned

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The process of returning the seized property of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation began last week–said a spokesperson of the ARF Executive Council of Amrenia. The property was seized following the now infamous presidential decree on Dec. 28–1994 banning the activities of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in Armenia. The ARF is welcoming the return

Hungarian Ambassador Meets With Kocharian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–During a meeting between Armenia’s Prime Minister Robert Kocharian and the Hungarian Ambassador to Armenia–Dierd Nanovsky on Monday–Nanovsky said that representatives from Hungary’s business circles–who are now in Armenia–are willing to cooperate with their Armenian counterparts. Nanovsky stressed the need for stronger economic–political and cultural relations between the two countries. Kocharian is very

“Trial of 31″ Appeals to be Considered

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On Friday–the Judicial Board began its hearings on the appeals raised by the defense in the "Trial of 31." At the request of the defense attorneys–new documen’s concerning defendant Tigran Avetissian–Arsen Yeritsian–Martin Karapetian and Gagik Karapetian were submitted to the Board. The Board inquired about the alleged torturing of Vahan Hovanessian with the

Prosecutor General Withdraws Protest for Markarian Verdict

YEREVAN (Golos Armenii)–Armenia’s prosecutor general Henrik Khatchatrian Tuesday withdrew a appeal filed by his predecessor Ardavazt Gevorkian protesting the shortness of the sentence given to so-called "Dro" defendant Hrant Markarian. The famed "Dro" trial–which began in August 1995 and lasted until December 1996–was unable to prove charges of terrorism–drug trafficking against Markarian–and in the end–sentenced

Nairit Awarded International Award for Quality and Technology

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Nairit chemical plant was given an award at an international conference held from May 23 to 27 in Frankfurt for yielding high quality products last year–according to chief economist of the Nairit joint stock company Levon Ayvazyan. Director Gagik Nersissian and Commercial Director Hayk Gevorgian flew to Frankfurt to receive the award.