TUFENKIAN IN KARABAGH: Tufenkian Foundation
plans to open representation in Nagorno Karabagh,
ARKA reported October 9. The Foundation will assist
Karabagh in realization of important social and
Tufenkian association is a subsidiary of Tufenkian
import-export Venture Company, set up in 1986
in New York by James Tufenkian, an American entrepreneur
of Armenian origin. The Fund operates in Armenia
US ASSISTS IN FIGHTING TRAFFICKING: The
International Organization for Migration office
in Yerevan (IOM) has received a $170,000 contribution
from the US Government to carry out anti-trafficking
projects, ARMENPRESS reported October 9.
IOM's studies indicate that trafficking is still
an underestimated issue. Data collected from interviews
with victims of trafficking and other sources
suggests that Armenian women are lured by dubious
job offers to countries such as Russia, the United
Arab Emirates, Greece and Turkey.
ARMENIA-TURKEY RELATIONS: Armenia's dialogue
with Turkey will be continued, Armenian foreign
minister Vardan Oskanian stated October 10 at
the forum "The issues of opening the Armenian-Turkish
border" held in the American University of
ARMINFO quoted Oskanian as saying that in general
the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations
will be beneficial for Armenia. At the same time
the minister noted that Yerevan approaches the
situation practically and understands that the
stabilization of relations cannot be achieved
CHILDREN NEED PROTECTION: Children in
Armenia experience various punitive measures,
according to a recent study conducted by the Armenian
Relief Society with support from UNICEF, ARMENPRESS
reported October 10.
About 33 percent of parents interviewed in all
Armenian regions were in favor of slapping as
a means of bringing up children. Psychological
abuse and slapping children as means of punishment
registered high in some schools as well. About
three cases of sexual abuse were mentioned.
NEW BANK NOTE TO BE INTRODUCED: Starting
November new 10,000 Armenian dram paper banknotes
will be put into circulation in Armenia, AZG daily
reported October 12.
On one side of the bank notes the portrait of
Armenian writer Avetik Isahakyan is depicted,
and on the other will be an illustration of early
20th century Gyumri. The bank notes have been
printed at the Austrian central bank's publishing
ANTI ARMENIAN ACTIVITY IN GEORGIA: The
members of Georgia's "National Movement"
party accused Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Georgia
of interfering into the home affairs of Georgia
and conducting anti-Armenian activity in the country,
AZG daily reported October 12.
The members of the party say the Ambassador must
leave Georgian territory for deliberately turning
the local Azeris against the Georgian-Armenian
population and by accusing the members of "National
Movement" party of "being Armenians."
CHALLENGE FOR IMMIGRANTS: From now on,
individuals working in the CIS countries (Commonwealth
of Independent States) will have the same rights
as the citizens of those countries, according
to a document to be signed in Yerevan soon during
the 16th meeting of the CIS Council for labor,
migration and social security affairs, YERKIR
daily reported October 13.
Presently, approximately 1.5 to 2 million Armenian
immigrants work in the CIS countries, mostly in
Russia and Belarus.
A1+ TV COMPANY AGAIN LOST CHANCE: The
National Commission for Television and Radio rejected
again the A1+ and Noyan Tapan TV companies' applications
for frequency, ARMINFO reported October 13.
Commenting the decision, the Chairman Grigor
Amalyan said that the rejection of A1+ 's application
was not of political coloring. At the same time,
Grigor Amalyan said that the program on financing
of development presented by A1+ was rather realistic.
The journalists' community believed that the company
was banned from air last year for criticizing
POLITICAL MARRIAGE: Three leftist Armenian
political forces, the Renewed Communist party,
Union of Communists and the Party of Intellectuals-Communists
unified into the United Communist Party (UCP),
PanARMENIAN.Net reported October 13.
In the words of the UCP representatives, the
creation of such a political party aims to mobilize
all the pro-communist forces for the struggle
for socialism. The traditional Communist Party
did not join the alliance.
CONRTOVERSIAL MASS MEDIA BILL: The new
envoy of the OSCE in Armenia met October 14 with
the members of a parliament committee on science,
education, culture and youth, to once again discuss
the bill on Mass Media passed by the parliament
in the first reading last September, AZG daily
The head of the commission said that the majority
of proposals and suggestions that were voiced
in connection with the bill were incorporated
Meanwhile three journalists associations jointly
issued a statement saying they secured the pledges
of commission that several controversial provisions
will be removed from the bill and that they believe
that it can be substantially improved before it
is finally approved by the parliament this year.
VISIT TO IRAN IS POSTPONED: Armenian Defense
Minister Serzh Sargsyan's official visit to Iran
scheduled for October 14 has been postponed indefinitely,
RFE/RL reported October 15.
The Armenian ambassador to Iran, said that Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami currently is attending
a summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference
in Malaysia and is therefore unable to receive
Sargsyan. The Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman
denied any political motives for the delay. Officials
said the trip would take place at a later, unspecified
DOLLAR HINDERS ARMENIAN ECONOMY: The high
level of dollar circulation in Armenia leads to
vulnerability of the economy, according to the
International Monetary Fund's representative in
Armenia, PanARMENIAN.Net reported October 15.
The "dollarization" can have a negative
impact on the economy of Armenia due to the fact
that European Union countries are trade partners
of the country. The circumstance can also tell
on the exchange rate of the Armenian dram.
DANGEROUS DRINK: The microbiological laboratory
installed at Yerevan State University funded by
the US Department of Agriculture announced that
coffee brought to Armenia from Indonesia, Ivory
Coast, Ethiopia and Cameroon is infected and is
of serious threats to public health, ARMENPRESS
reported October 15.
The head of the laboratory said that the companies
bringing and processing coffee have no special
equipment to decide the highest permissible level
of toxic substances.
The Laboratory also examined 100 sorts of cheese
sold in Yerevan market revealing dangerous pathogens