TWIN TOWNS: Kapan, in southern Armenia,
and Glendale, California, are going to become
sister-cities by the initiative of the Dashnaktsutyun
party. A Glendale delegation of 25 people has
come to Armenia to plan cooperation between the
cities, ARMINFO reported October 3
The U.S. city of 200,000 is nearly half Armenian,
most settling there between 1970-90 from Lebanon,
Iran, Syria and from Soviet and post-Soviet Armenia.
WOMEN'S ISSUE: The "National Plan
of Actions to Improve the Conditions of Women
and Increase Their Role" is being prepared
and will be sent to government's approval late
in October, ARMENPRESS reported October 4.
The Plan of Actions has been elaborated for almost
12 months with participation of non-governmental
and international organizations. The National
Plan of Actions encompasses the role of women
in all areas of social, economic and political
EX-PRESIDENT'S REVELATION: The first president
of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, is unlikely to
return to big politics unless a final solution
to the Nagorno Karabagh conflict is found, said
the former president's ally Ararat Zurabyan, the
ex-prefect of Yerevan's Centre community.
As ARMINFO reported October 5 Zurabyan stressed
that in private conversations the former president
deeply regrets the fact that in his time he had
invited Robert Kocharyan to Armenia, and in fact
he invited him "to head the government but
not for the presidency."
SAFE AVIATION: The Armenian government
approved October 6 the National Program on Aviation
Safety, which determines the principles of the
state policy in this sphere and aims at providing
foreign and internal aviation safety, smooth and
effective work, ARMENPRESS reported.
An inter-agency commission, which is to determine
the regulations, was created for implementation
of the program, which reflects the standards and
principles determined by Chicago Convention on
International Civil Aviation.
RUSSIA'S ADVISE TO AZERBAIJAN: The new
Azeri president will need time for determining
his position on the Karabagh conflict settlement,
says Russia's Ambassador to Armenia Anatoly Dryukov.
As ARMINFO reported October 6 the Ambassador
said that the situation around the conflict is
quite difficult now as the Azeri leadership is
going through a change of generations. "I
sincerely wish this process to be intensified
with the election of a new Azeri president and
the conflict to be resolved with due regard for
the interests of both Armenia and Azerbaijan,"
FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING: Armenia
made another step toward implementing the international
experience of fighting corruption YERKIR daily
On October 6 President Kocharyan submitted to
the National Assembly's ratification the Convention
on Laundering, Searching and Confiscation of the
Money Acquired by Criminal Ways.
Armen Rustamyan, the National Assembly's Foreign
Relations Committee Chairman called the ratification
of the 1990 Strasbourg convention a critical precondition
in fighting corruption. Rustamyan also said that
the ratification is important in the sense of
joining GRECO, an anti-corruption organization.
ISTAMBUL-YEREVAN FLIGHT: Turkish Flay Airlines
will start operating next week a new Istanbul-Yerevan
flight, ARMENPRESS reported October 7. The idea
to start the new flight was conceived by an Istanbul-based
Tower Travel and the Yerevan Bagrat Tour. The
first plane will arrive in Yerevan October 16.
Tigran Altoun, a Turkish Armenian businessman
and head of Tower Travel, described the flight
as "a revolution, the first step towards
opening Turkish-Armenian borders". Round-trip
tickets price will range from $230 to $270. The
flights will be operated on Monday and Thursday
by Turkish pilots and Armenian flight attendants.
LESS CORRUPT: Armenia was rated the second
least corrupt country of the Commonwealth of Independent
States (CIS) in an annual global survey released
by the anti-graft watchdog Transparency International,
RFE/RL Yerevan bureau reported October 7.
Only one CIS country covered by the survey, Belarus,
ranked higher than Armenia, grabbing the respectable
53rd place. Together with four other countries,
Armenia shares 78th place in the Berlin-based
organization's 2003 rankings of 133 nations based
on the degree of their government corruption perceived
by business leaders, academicians and risk analysts.
MONITORING OF ARMY ISSUES: An Armenian
non-governmental organization Soldier's Mother,
is monitoring the situation of murders and suicides
in the Armenian armed forces. ARMENPRESS reported
October 7 that Embassy of Great Britain has pledged
to provide funds for implementation of the monitoring.
WASHINGTNON DOES NOT OBJECT, BUT: Official
Washington's adopting any bill on the Genocide
of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 will not
contribute to a final resolution of the problem,
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway said at
a press conference October 8.
ARMINFO news agency quoted Ordway as saying that
a final solution to the issue could be reached
only in case of developing a dialogue between
Armenia and Turkey. The American diplomat said
that one should not focus on the 1915 events,
but try to learn relevant lessons from them and
think of how to develop relations with the neighboring
NO MORE PETROL STATIONS: Yerevan mayor
Yervand Zakharyan signed an order banning allocation
of land for construction of new petrol filling
stations and other buildings, ARMENPRESS reported
October 9. The decision also bans reconstruction
of other buildings into petrol filling stations.
Zakharyan said the problem of petrol filling stations
which have mushroomed in the last couple of years
must be reviewed.