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Tomsen Says Opposition Key to Democratic System

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-The US Ambassador to Armenia–Peter Tomsen–stressed the role of opposition parties in a democracy during a forum dedicated to the Law on Elections–organized by the International Fund for Electoral Systems held on Thursday in Yerevan. Mark Braden–a US advisor on the law–said that the most essential thing was that elections should be fair.

Kocharian Briefs Government

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-President Robert Kocharian of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic discussed his vision of government during a speech before the Karabakh cabinet on Tuesday. Kocharian said the government "should become a team of kindred spirits." Kocharian addressed the unemployment problem as one of top priority–noting that funds for the development of small businesses had already been

Hydroelectric Power Stations to be Privatized

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The main purpose of privatizing small hydroelectric power stations in Armenia is to restore the stations–which are currently in poor condition–or to reactivate the ones that have been shut down–head of the Department of Development and Reforms of the Energy Ministry of Armenia–Alexander Kocharian said. Such major state-run enterprises like "Armenergo" are not

Ambassador to Greece Visits ARF Center

ATHENS–Armenia’s Ambassador to Greece Arman Kirakosian–accompanied by vic-consuls Ashot Poghosian and Rouben Karapetian Monday visited the Armenian Revolutionary Federation center which also houses the offices of the regional executive of the Armenian Blue Cross (ARS) and the Azad Or daily newspaper. During a reception–a discussion on Armenia–Karabakh and other issues concerning the Greek-Armenian community took

Construction of New Pipeline in Yeghegnadzor Underway

YEREVAN (Azg)–Over 40 families living in new houses built in the Vayots-Dzor province of Armenia do not have an adequate supply of drinking water–according to the provincial Refugees and Immigration Committee. Through financial assistance from the Yerevan office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees–construction of a new water pipeline in Yeghegnadzor has started.

New Banknotes to be Printed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armenian Central Bank’s Tender Committee which is responsible for the printing of national banknotes–announced that the Thomas De La Rues company has been selected to print new banknotes. In the summer of 1996–the bid for printing Armenia’s banknotes was won by Harrison & Sons. However–the London Stock Exchange recently announced that the

Trial of Azeri Islamic Party Begins

BAKU (Itar-Tass)–Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court began hearing the case of the Islamic Party on Wednesday. Party chairman Ali Akram Aliyev and members of the party’s Supreme Council–Vagif Gasymov–Gadzhiaga Nuriyev and Mirsalezh Dzhafarov–who have been in custody since May 1996–are charged with cooperating with Iranian secret service agents and disclosing vital intelligence information. According to Azeri media

Rokhlin Cancels Visit to Yerevan

YEREVAN (Azg–Armenpress)–Chairman of the Russian Duma’s Defense Committee–Lieutenant-General Lev Rokhlin–was scheduled to visit Yerevan after his trip to Tbilisi on Tuesday–but returned to Moscow without an explanation. During a regular session of the Russian parliament’s lower house last month–Rokhlin gave Armenia an ultimatum to withdraw its troops from Karabakh before April 1997. Otherwise Russia would

Witnesses Point to Torture in Detention

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At Tuesday’s hearing of the so-called "Trial of 31," witness Lilit Khachikian testified that during the preliminary investigation–Interior Ministry agents from the Mashtots district forced her to give information about ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovanessian–a co-defendant in the case–by beating her and subjected her to psychological pressure. Aghavni Karapetian–another witness–also testified to beatings

Arzoumanian Meets with ARF Representatives

WASHINGTON–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian–who is on an official visit to the United States–met Tuesday with Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau members Garo Armenian and Apo Boghigian. Also present at the meeting–which took place at the Armenian Embassy in Washington–were Armenia’s Ambassador to the US Rouben Shugarian–Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Baibourtian and foreign

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