CLINIC FOR ARMENIANS: A diagnostic center
was inaugurated last week in Akhalkalaki city
of Javakhk, south of Georgia, populated mainly
by ethnic Armenians Armenpress reported November
The center was built with the financial support
of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), a US-based
Armenian charity. The Society also plans to restore
clinics in 15 villages and provide new equipment
to local hospitals.
PARTICIPATION ONLY: Nagorno-Karabakh MPs
will be included in the reserve of the Armenian
delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe (PASE), Yerkir daily reported
According to the Armenian National Assembly Speaker
Arthur Baghdasaryan the Nagorno Karabakh deputies
cannot be included in the official delegation
of Armenia, but when the Karabakh conflict settlement
is discussed, the MPs and committees chairperson
SETTLEMENT PROCESS GOES ON: The process of
the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement will
be discussed at the sitting of the South Caucasian
inter-parliamentary initiative to be held December
15-20 in Scotland, PanARMENIAN.Net reported November
The Armenian party will submit to the sitting
a joint statement of the political forces of the
KING TIGRAN ON GOLDEN COINS: November
24 the Armenian Central Bank issued 500 golden
commemorative coins with a nominal value of 1000
drams dedicated to Armenian king Tigran the Great.
The coin is a duplicate of a silver tetradrachm
that was in circulation in Armenia in the 1st
century BC. King Tigran the Great ruled
Armenia between 95-55 B.C. and was from Artasheside
INDIAN INVESTMENT: Harshad Media, the chief
executive manager of Indian Rose Blue company
has pledged $5 million in fresh investments in
Armenia's diamond cutting sector before the end
of the year, Armenpress reported November 24.
The businessman said the investments will help
create around 1,000 jobs and he planned to invest
another $5 million next year.
US DIPLOMATS COMMENT: During the contacts
between US diplomats and Georgian leaders November
24 the issue of Eduard Shevardnadze's retirement
was not raised, US State Department Spokesman
Richard Boucher said.
"We did not discuss the retirement in our
conversations. Neither the Secretary of State,
nor the US ambassador did it," Boucher emphasized.
PanARMENIAN.Net reported that according to US
diplomats the American ambassador to Tbilisi now
holds "direct conversations will all
political leaders of Georgia.
POVERTY REDUCTION: The Council of Directors
of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved
November 25 granting $14 million to Armenia within
the framework of Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
Program, PanARMENIAN.Net reported.
According to the IMF Yerevan Office, some $58
million out of the credit of $100 million has
been provided to Armenia within the program by
PRIESTHOODS ASK FOR PEACE: The spiritual
leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia
made a joint appeal for peace in the Caucasus
November 26 after a meeting in Moscow hosted by
the Russian Orthodox Church, RFE/RL reported.
In the statement the Russian Supreme Patriarch
Alexi II, Catholicos Garegin II of Armenia, Catholicos
Ilia II of Georgia and Azerbaijans Sheikh-ul-Islam
Allahshukyur Pasha-zade urged their countries
governments to resolve their differences peacefully
and tackle religious intolerance. They also reaffirmed
their stated readiness to promote peaceful co-existence
of the regions ethnically and religiously diverse
MARRIOT ARMENIA: Following an extensive
renovation, the Hotel Armenia in Yerevan will
open its doors as Armenia Marriott Hotel on December
15th 2003, Armenpress reported November 26.
The hotel will open with newly refurbished public
areas that include the Reception, Lobby Lounge
Bar, Vienna Cafe, Armenia Brasserie and the Italian
The hotel currently offers 115 deluxe rooms, a
fitness center, a business center, a banquet and
conference facilities for up to 900 guests.
MANAGERS THEFTS: An inspection conducted by
finance and economy ministry's officers at a state-run
Teachers' Training Institute in Gyumri revealed
that its leadership has stolen in three years
181.5 million Drams ($318,000) Armenpress reported
The Institute's chiefs designed a chain of schemes
to plunder the money. The officials of the ministry
said they asked prosecutors to make a thorough
investigation and start legal proceedings against
NEW PLANT BY JOINT EFFORTS: The feasibility
report on the construction of a hydro power plant
on the river of Arax on Armenian-Iranian border
will be accomplished in mid- 2004, Armenpress
reported November 27.
Armenias Minister of Energy said no funds
from the budget will be released for its construction,
and the contribution will be in the form of investments.
According to him Armenia has agreed with the Iranian
side that it will build the plant while Armenia
will cover expenses by energy supplies.The plant's
projected capacities will enable it to produce
annually 600 kilowatts of electricity annually.