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Opposition Sets Conditions for Joining New Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia’s two main opposition forces listed on Saturday several conditions for their participation in a new, supposedly independent inquiry into the deadly post-election clashes in Yerevan. The Armenian National Congress and the Heritage party said the Armenian authorities must at least invite international experts to a fact-finding body which is due to conduct the

OSCE Hails New Armenian Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) welcomes President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to form an independent body that will investigate post-election violence in Yerevan, the head of its Armenian office said on Friday. Ambassador Sergei Kapinos said the OSCE is encouraged by the anticipated participation of representatives of the Armenian opposition and

Independent Body Set to Launch New Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Serzh Sarkisian paved the way on Thursday for the launch of an independent inquiry into the deadly post-election unrest in Yerevan, forming an investigative body in which Armenia’s main pro-government and opposition forces will have equal representation. Sarkisian’s office said the main mission of the five-member Fact-Finding Group of Experts will be to

Asian Bank Interested in Armenia-Iran Rail Link

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated about $1.5 million to finance feasibility studies on Armenia’s ambitious plans to build a railway linking to neighboring Iran, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said on Tuesday. “By the middle of next year we will be able to approve business approaches, calculations of cost-effectiveness and to present documen’s

Opposition Suspends Rallies, Blasts ‘Immoral’ West

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian on Friday called a “temporary” halt to his year-long campaign of anti-government demonstrations, citing the need to stave off greater Armenian concessions on Nagorno-Karabakh which he said are sought by the West. In a trademark long speech at what may have been his last rally in Yerevan this year, Ter-Petrosian

Russian Armenian Businessman Discusses Russian-Armenian Business Prospects

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia and Russia have a history of strong relations that continues to develop till this day, the President of the Russian Union of Armenia’s and the World Armenian Congress Ara Abrahamian told reporters during a press conference on Friday, pointing to Russian president Dmitri Medvedev’s upcoming visit to Armenia as further indication of the

Armenian Parliament Asked to Extend Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A special parliamentary commission investigating the unrest following Armenia’s last presidential election has asked the National Assembly to extend its mandate by two months to allow for a Western-backed change in the format of the probe. The commission dominated by pro-government lawmakers was formed earlier this year as the Armenian authorities faced strong international

Dynamics of Azeri-Armenian-Turkish Relations: A Three-Legged Chair

All indications are that Armenian and Turkish leaders have agreed in recent weeks to improve their long frozen relations based on the following terms: Turkey will open its border with Armenia, establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan, and set up several inter-governmental commissions, one of which would deal with Ottoman-Armenian relations, including the issue of the

US Experts to Help Launch Fresh Probe of Armenian Unrest

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Three American experts who participated in an independent inquiry into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States will arrive in Yerevan this week to help launch a similar probe of the post-election violence in Armenia, it was announced on Thursday. The U.S. embassy in Yerevan said the former senior staff members

Council of Europe Official Again Slams Yerevan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights has again expressed serious concern at the continuing imprisonment of dozens of Armenian opposition members and supporters on what he considers dubious charges. “The situation with respect to the persons deprived of their liberty in connection with the 1-2 March events continues to be a source