OPERA THEATER WILL
SOUND ANEW: Specialists of the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation are expected
to arrive in Yerevan to supervise the installation of a $300,000 sound system
in the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theater, ARMENPRESS reported September 5. The
installation is expected to be completed by next April.
COMMUNICATION: Armenian railway is ready for re-launching rail connection
with Turkey, said Armenian Minister of Transport and Communications Andranik Manukyan.
As ARKA reported September 6 the minister said that the Armenian side "is
ready to accept cargos even now".
OFFICIALVISIT TO BULGARIA:
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan left September 7 for a two-day official visit
to Bulgaria at the invitation of his counterpart. As Sofia's BTA web site informed
the two presidents signed a joint declaration assessing favorably the state and
prospects of Bulgarian-Armenian relations.
BOYCOTT IS OVER: Armenia's
two main opposition groups the Justice alliance of Stepan Demirchian and Artashes
Geghamian's National Unity Party ended on September 8 their boycott of the parliament
as it opened its autumn session, RFE/RL Yerevan office reports.
BLOCKADE: PanARMENIAN.Net quoted the Co-chair of the US Congressional Caucasus
on Armenian Issues Frank Pallone who said that the blockade of the Armenian border
by Turkey and Azerbaijan is not authorized by the UN and other international organizations.
Pallone noted in his speech at the 56th session of NGOs held September 8-10 that
out of the Council of Europe member countries only Turkey and Azerbaijan are blocking
the border of another CE member state. The Congressman reminded that one of the
preconditions for Turkey's accession to the European Union is lifting the blockade
RUSSIAN OSCE CO-CHAIRMAN'S VISIT: Yuri Merzliakov,
recently appointed Russian co-chairman of OSCE Minsk group, visited the region
After his visit to Nagorno-Karabagh and Azerbaijan, he visited
Armenia September 8 -10, where he held meetings with Armenian President Robert
Kocharyan and Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian. During his meeting with the Armenian
mass media the Russian envoy said that the aim of his regional trip was to get
acquainted with the position of conflicted parties.
The OSCE co-chairmen
will meet September 15 in Vienna to discuss the prospects of a Nagorno-Karabagh
NUCLEAR ISSUES: Jacques Panosian, a French Armenian,
and a former vice-president of Framatome, threw his weight behind Armenian government
officials' arguments that the Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor could remain
in operation until 2016, ARMENPRESS reported September 9.
According to Panosian,
the EU desire to see the earlier shutdown of the plant is prompted more by political
motives than by safety concerns. "It is a well-known fact that all big states
are concerned that nuclear power plants may be used to develop weapons of mass
destruction. There is no doubt that these fears are not justified in the case
of Armenia," he said.
SLEEPING LAWMAKER : Parliament
member Tigran Arzakaniants threatened to tear in two the cameramen of the local
commercial Shant TV station for daring to capture him while he was sleeping during
a session of Parliament, AZG daily reported September 9.
ARMENIAN BRANDY: Leading Russian importer of elite alcohol "RusImport"
Trade House has introduced a new sort of Armenian brandy called "Arpi"
to the Russian market|. It is produced by Ararat Brandy Plant, which is one of
the oldest in Armenia, PanARMENIAN.Net reported September 10. The new product
was presented to the Russian public in "RusImport" tasting room. Representatives
of the business elite, prominent Russian politicians, show business stars, and
Armenian Diaspora were present there at the event.
Armenian Government plans to set up a temporary Parliamentary commission, which
will be looking into possibilities of returning to the population their bank deposits
devaluated after the collapse of the Soviet Union. According to various estimations
the index ranges from $500 million to $1.5 billion. ARMENPRESS reported September
CHURCH DENIES ALLEGATIONS: The press office of the
Armenian Apostolic Church has denied reports by Azerbaijani news agencies, which
claimed that Allahsukur Pasazade, the spiritual leader of Caucasian Muslims, seated
in Baku, sent a letter to Karekin II, the head of Armenian Church asking him "to
undertake measures to stop destruction of historical and cultural monuments located
in Azerbaijani territories now occupied by Armenian forces of Nagorno Karabagh."
AZG daily reported September 11.
The Armenian Church said the Pasazade's
letter was actually a response to an earlier letter sent by Karekin II in which
the Armenian Catholicos called on the Muslim spiritual leader to use his authority
and ask Azeri authorities to stop demolition of Armenian cultural and historical
monuments, particularly cross stones, in the Azerbaijani enclave of Nakhichevan.
REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 11: Armenia joined world nations to commemorate
the second anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks on USA.
At the Moscow
Cinema children were the first to pay homage to the innocent victims of the attack.
They showed their paintings depicting Sept.11 as they saw the tragedy of that
As AZG daily reported, The US charge d'affaires, Vivian Walker, (ambassador
John Ordway is on vacation), addressed the audience thanking Armenians for their
support. 'We condemn those forces that try to weaken international community,
everyone has the right to free life," she said.