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ARF to Continue Demonstrations Against Protocols

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation will hold street demonstrations on January 12 when Armenia’s Constitutional Court is scheduled to hold hearings on the Turkey-Armenia Protocols, said the leader of the party’s faction in parliament.

Translating the ARF Roadmap to Regime Change into Action Part II

The roadmap to regime change is a response to conditions that were crystallized by the recently signed protocols which represent the first step in the process of rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey. The ARF has properly viewed these documents as being detrimental to Armenia’s present and future national interests. In response to this assessment, the party has announced its formal opposition to the protocols. In Part I an explanation was offered as to how the ARF can deliver on its roadmap to regime change. Although this is a gargantuan task for which the ARF has the necessary experience to undertake, it is the how of the undertaking that is crucial. The response by the ARF, if it is to be effective, must be multi-faceted in its objectives and multi-operational in its implementation.

Armenia Again Rejects Turkish Preconditions

Armenia on Wednesday denounced Turkish leaders’ continuing linkage of Turkish-Armenian relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that Ankara risks wrecking the western-backed rapprochement between the two states.

Parliament Speaker on First Official Visit to Russia

MOSCOW (RFE/RL)–The recently elected speaker of the Armenian parliament has described as %u218positive and efficient’ his first official visit abroad in the new capacity. Hovik Abrahamian was in Moscow Monday for meetings at the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly, including with counterpart Boris Gryzlov. The two reportedly signed a memorandum

Cyprus Parliament Head to Visit Armenia

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–The President of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Marios Garoyan, is set to arrive in Yerevan on Wednesday for talks on cooperation between the two countries’ parliamen’s. Garoyan, who will head an official delegation to Armenia, is scheduled to address the Armenian National Assembly Wednesday, after which he will hold official talks with National

Closed TV Gets Government Payout

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Acting on a recent verdict by the European Court of Human Rights, the Armenian government approved on Thursday payment of 30,000 euros ($39,000) in damages to an independent television station that was controversially pulled off the air in 2002. The A1 channel was stripped of its broadcasting license in a tender administered by the

Ter-Petrosian Said to Join New Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian will name a representative to a new body tasked with conducting an independent investigation into the post-election clashes in Yerevan, a senior member of his Armenian National Congress said on Wednesday. The Opposition alliance and its top leader have yet to decide whether to take one of the five seats

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

Senior MP Opposed to Student Draft

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Artur Aghabekian, a retired army general who chairs the Armenian parliament’s committee on defense and security, on Tuesday spoke out against government plans to abolish temporary exemptions from military service enjoyed by university students. Armenian law allows draft-age men enrolled in state-run universities to perform the two-year compulsory service after completing their undergraduate and/or

Armenian Military to Draft Students

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Armenian government intends to abolish temporary exemptions from military service that have long been enjoyed by university students, a senior lawmaker confirmed on Monday. Armenian law has until now allowed draft-age men enrolled in state-run universities to perform the two-year compulsory service after completing their undergraduate and/or graduate studies. Reports in the Armenian