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Aliyev Sharply Criticizes Kocharian Appointment

KIEV (Reuter)–Azeri President Gaidar Aliyev Tuesday sharply criticized the former Nagorno-Karabakh Republic president Robert Kocharian’s appointment as prime minister of Armenia. "This does not correspond to norms and international laws. We cannot accept such an appointment," he told reporters during a visit to the Ukrainian capital–Kiev. "We view the appointment of the leader of Karabakh’s

Armenia to Release All Azeri POW’s

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday–announcing Armenia’s unilateral decision to release on Azeri prisoners on war. "In response to the appeal by the co-chairmen of the Minsk Group and as a sign of Armenians constructive position–Armenia has unilaterally decided to release all the Azeri prisoners in Armenia–as documented by the International Committee

No Drastic Economic Policy Changes Envisioned

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"There is no point in carrying on bilateral negotiations without Nagorno-Karabakh," explained Armenian Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian Monday at a news conference. According to him–Armenia is willing to play a more active role in all negotiations of the Minsk group. Arzoumanian denied allegations that Robert Kocharian’s appointment as Prime Minister of Armenia might

Radanovich Bonior Introduce Genocide Resolution

WASHINGTON–California Republican George Radanovich and House Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-Mich.) teamed up again in spearheading legislation calling on Congress to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide and encourage Turkey to acknowledge this atrocity–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. "The entire Armenian-American community appreciates the leadership that Congressmen Radanovich and Bonior have shown

IMF Delays Armenia Credit

YEREVAN (Reuter)–The International Monetary Fund has delayed a decision on a $50 million credit to Armenia but remains optimistic about the overall pace of reforms–a fund official said Tuesday. Disbursement of the first $25 million credit due in April or May will be set back until at least June or July–said Susan Jones–IMF resident representative

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