DEBUT: A small group of Armenian peace-keeping
contingent will be sent to Kosovo next January,
Armenpress reported October 31. It will be the
first-ever peace-keeping mission of Armenian troops
The decision was reached between deputy defense
minister of Greece and his Armenian counterpart.
The sides also signed an agreement of military
cooperation for 2004, which envisages 16 joint
actions to be held in both countries and their
cooperation within the frameworks of the NATO-supported
Partnership for Peace program.
NEW AGENDA: The Armenian National Assembly
commission for foreign relations adopted a resolution
on holding a special sitting devoted to the Karabakh
conflict settlement with the participation of
Armenian foreign minister Vardan Oskanian, PanARMENIAN.Net
reported November 1.
"After the elections in Azerbaijan, the
process of the conflict settlement will be apparently
activated in Armenia and Azerbaijan and in this
view the discussions are a very important factor
for specifying stands and assessments," the
chairman of the commission said.
LAST CHANCE FOR PAROLE: On November 4 the
Armenian parliament passed in the first reading
an amendment to the Criminal Code that would rule
out parole for any defendant in the October 27,
1999 parliament shootings. The bill was presented
by opposition MP Victor Dalakyan and passed 85-0.
OLD ISSUE, NEW BOOK: "British Diplomacy
and the Armenian Issue: 1830-1914" a book
authored by Armenian ambassador to Washington
Arman Kirakosian was issued in the US. As reported
by Mediamax agency, Kirakosian noted that the
book presents an analysis of formation of the
British policy towards the Ottoman Empire and
the national minorities residing there based on
diplomatic sources and scientific literature,
memoirs, periodicals of the UK and US
ARGUED NEWS: There is no agreement on holding
a bilateral meeting with Azeri foreign minister
Vilayat Guliyev in Berlin, Armenian foreign minister
Vardan Oskanian told journalists. PanARMENIAN.Net
reported November 3 that the minister thus denied
the information being spread by Azeri media on
the allegedly planned meeting of the foreign ministers
of the two countries within the framework of "South
Caucasus: Political Challenges and Development
Prospects" conference, to be held in the
German capital November 12-13.
TARIFFS BY REQUEST: A government-run Regulatory
Commission on Natural Monopolies received an application
on November 4 from the state Water Economy Committee,
which requests increases in water tariffs across
Armenpress reported that the Water Economy Committee
suggests increasing the price of one cubic meter
of drinking water from the current 56 Drams (10
US cents) to 120 Drams for residents of the capital
city of Yerevan. In case of the Commission's approval
of the proposals, the new rates will enter into
force after 60 days.
HEATING SEASON: The winter heating season
began earlier this week in around 167 secondary
schools in high mountain areas across Armenia,
Armenpress reported November 5. This year the
schools located in flat areas will be heated for
80 days, those in mountain regions for 106 days,
and the schools, situated on the high mountain
zones will be heated for 116 days. All the schools
will be heated by kerosene, except for schools
in Yerevan, which will be heated by electric heaters.
AINCIENT CITY, NEW FIND: Restoration of an
ancient city believed to have been built 6,000
years ago is currently under way in Yerevan's
Shengavit district, Arminfo reported November
So far research indicates that the city was built
in the fifth millennium B.C. It was a developed
urban center with a population of several thousand
people and a developed copper-smelting industry.
Also the remains of ancient horses were found
at the excavations site, which is the first of
its kind the Caucasus.
ON- LINE NEWS: In the course of a meeting
with American Congress members in Washington US
ambassador to Armenia John Ordway presented "American
governmental assistance to Armenia" new web
page, PanARMENIAN.Net reported November 6. The
page located at www.usa.am provides information
on the volume of US assistance to Armenia, describes
programs being implemented in various economic
branches and spheres of the country. "The
data presented at the page is evidence of the
high importance attached by the US administration
to cooperation with Armenia," Ordway stated.
NEW PLANT: The Yerevan municipality has allotted
21 hectares of space for a local company Ecotechard
for building a combustion plant, Armenpress reported
The overall amount of annual refuse in the capital
city amounts to 450,000 tons, which is now collected
from the streets and accumulated in trash dumps
undergoing putrefaction and producing gases, which
pollute the air and pose danger to public health.
The new plant will open in two years at an initial
estimated cost of $26 million. The project will
be carried out by several foreign companies.
CONFIRMING COOPERATION: The secretaries of
Armenia's and Russia's security councils Serzh
Sargsyan and Vladimir Rushaylo signed a plan of
cooperation in 2004, Arminfo reported November
6. The Russian official said that modern threats
and challenges require more active interaction.
The plan envisages exchange of visits, consultations
and discussion on issues of mutual concern to