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Investmen’s in Armenia on the Rise

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)A total of 250 joint ventures–subsidiaries and offices of foreign companies were established in Armenia in 1996–according to the Chief of the Foreign Investment Department of Armenia’s Economic Ministry–Narine Sahakian. The major areas for investment are trade–energy–communication–construction and transport. Among major investors are Iran–the US–Russia and Germany. With 173 deals–Iran is the leader

Greece Promotes Economic Restructuring in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Sergey Manassarian met with Deputy Agriculture Minister of Greece Vasilios Eranidis on Thursday to discuss the implementation of economic reform for Armenia. During the meeting Eranidis spoke about the agricultural development in Greece–the role of the agricultural ministry under conditions of private ownership on land and his country’s

IAEA Implemen’s Program on Radiation Safety in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The International Atomic Enery Agency is presently implementing the second stage of a program aimed at upgrading radiation and waste safety infrastructures in Armenia. The program began in 1996 and is scheduled to last for five years. It is planned to improve and upgrade the system of dosage control in medical radiation as

Armenia Expected to Produce 18 Tons of Gold in 2000

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)Global Gold Armenia is expected to extract 18 tons of gold from mines in Ararat by the year 2000. Global Gold Armenia Ltd.’s shareholders are "Armgold" special enterprise and the US based "Global Gold" Company. According to the Head of the Armenian Industry Ministry’s Mining Department Sergey Hovakimian–it is possible to produce 6

Genocide Commemoration Committee Issues Announcement

GLENDALEA committee to commemorate the Armenian Genocide was recently formed and has already began preparations to properly commemorate the memory of Genocide martyrs on April 24– 1997–at the Montebello Armenian Martyrs’ Monument. While preliminary activities have already begun to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the Genocide–the committee announced that all community organizations were invited to

Refugees Reject Bill on Refugee Status

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)"A bill on the refugee status widely discussed by Armenia’s public organizations has not yet been submitted to the National Assembly for consideration," said chairman of the Sakharov’s Fund for Progress–Levon Nersessian. A coordinating council of Armenia’s public organizations attending to refugees will not endorse the bill. In a statement addressed to National

ARF Western USA Central Committee Congratulates Kocharian

GLENDALEThe Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Region Central Committee dispatched a congratulatory note to newly appointed Armenian Prime Minister Robert Kocharian. The translated text of the announcement is presented below: Honorable Prime Minister Robert Kocharian: The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western USA Central Committee warmly congratulates your appointment to the important position of prime minister of the

Cabinet Holds First Session with Kocharian

YEREVAN (Fact)Armenia’s cabinet held its first session Monday–where new prime minister Robert Kocharian was introduced to cabinet members and other government officials by Levon Ter-Petrosyan–who expressed that he accepted former prime minister Armen Sarkissian’s resignation with regret. Ter-Petrosyan told the cabinet that there were no introductions necessary for Kocharian–since he was an active and visible

US Diplomat Arrested in Belarus

MINSK (Reuter)The expulsion of a US diplomat sparked a row in the small former Soviet republic of Belarus on Monday–with the US embassy protesting and Minsk accusing Washington of behaving disrespectfully. Serzh Alexandrov–a first secretary at the embassy–was arrested at an opposition rally which erupted in clashes on Sunday–detained several hours–and told to leave in

His Holiness Aram I Makes Ecumenical Visit to Scandinavia

His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of Cilicia and Moderator of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches–set out on an ecumenical tour of three Northern European countries. During a fourteen-day trip between March 1 and 15–the delegation headed by His Holiness visited Sweden– Denmark and the Netherlands. His Holiness was accompanied by

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