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Armenian Ministry Posts Decline in Industrial Output

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia has seen a dwindling output of its industrial enterprises so far this year, according to the data of a monitoring conducted by the country’s Economy Ministry. Hayk Mirzoyan, a Ministry official in charge of economic development according to branches and territories, told the media on Wednesday that despite the overall decrease in industrial

Armenia Set to Start Power Supply to Turkey

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–In what is seen as the first step towards establishing direct trade links between Yerevan and Ankara, a senior Armenian government official has announced his side’s readiness to start supplying electricity to neighboring Turkey as early as next March. Armen Movsisian, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, told reporters on Monday that under

Prosecutor Seeks Foreign Expertise in Armenian Unrest Probe

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia’s prosecutor-general has said that assistance of international experts remains critical in some specific aspects of the unrest probe requiring the use of appropriate methodology by criminal experts. Aghvan Hovsepian, in particular, said on Friday that expert institutions in Armenia involved in the ongoing investigation of the deadly post-election clashes are unable to identify

Council of Europe Official Starts Armenia Visit

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, began his visit to Armenia Thursday to assess progress made by the Armenian government in dealing with the consequences of the country’s worst post-election crisis. During his three-day fact-finding trip, the official is due to hold a series of meetings with Armenia’s top leadership,

Sarkisian Holds Closed Door Discussions on Karabakh with Political Parties

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday held an extended discussion focusing on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with leaders of Armenia’s political parties that had responded to his invitation to attend the meeting. The Armenian president straightaway imposed a condition that no direct references to the speakers at the event be made in further public exchanges of

Parliament Opposition Set to Attend Karabakh Discussion

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The opposition Heritage party has accepted President Serzh Sarkisian’s invitation to attend a consultation focusing on the Karabakh issue, the party’s board chairperson Anahit Bakhshian said on Wednesday. Earlier this week, presidential spokesman Samvel Farmanian explained that in his %u218state of the nation’ address in early October, President Sarkisian announced that he would initiate

Leading Opposition Member Sentenced to Jail Term

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A former government official who actively supported the opposition during last February’s presidential election was on Wednesday found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail on charges stemming from his alleged role in the post-election protests and based solely on police testimony. Smbat Ayvazian, who served as Armenia’s minister of state revenues in

Karabakh Says Its Participation Key to Peace

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has described the current format of internationally mediated peace talks faulty and called for restoring Nagorno-Karabakh’s status as a party to the process currently involving Armenia and Azerbaijan. In an interview with RFE/RL, Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakian welcomed the latest efforts of the international community aimed at promoting

Sarkisian Leaves for Stepanakert as Karabakh Negotiators Arrive in Yerevan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — President Serzh Sarkisian unexpectedly left for Stepanakert early Friday as International mediators brokering a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement arrived in Yerevan for a series of meetings with Armenian leadership in hopes of building on the recent progress in peace talks. No official announcement had preceded the president’s departure. Sarkisian is not set to return

No Foreign Pressure over Karabakh, Says Markarian

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A leading member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation on Wednesday countered opposition claims that Armenia is under massive international pressure to make concessions in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Hrant Markarian discarded the lingering allegations that Serzh Sarkisian’s position in the internationally mediated talks is particularly vulnerable because of domestic pressure on his

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