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BSEC Council of Foreign Ministers kicks off in Yerevan amid actions of protests against Turkish Foreign Minister's visit
 Thursday, December 12 2013 08:34

The 29th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) kicked off in Yerevan today on 12 December amid actions of protests against Turkish Foreign Minister's visit, ArmInfo's correspondent reports.

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Zaruhi Postanjyan recommends Parliament Speaker to "keep shtum" and stop insulting mass media
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:45

 Head of Heritage Party Faction Zaruhi Postanjyan recommended Armenian Parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan to 'keep shtum' and stop insulting mass media, after Abrahamyan declared that Mass Media has been recently publishing ordered reports that affect his image and authority. The speaker said that one of his opponents who orders reports against him is also a parliamentarian. Abrahamyan did not name him, however. He just recommended his opponent to spend the money he pays to journalists on charity.  

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RPA: Ankara's attempts to get embroiled in the Karabakh conflict settlement mitigates chances for improvement of the Armenian-Turkish relations
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:44

 If Turkey goes on coming forward from the previous positions pretending for the mandate on Karabakh settlement, and putting forward pre-conditions, in that case one should not wait for any results from Turkish Foreign Minister , Ahmet Davutoglu's,  visit to Armenia within the BSEC session, secretary of the ruling RPA faction, Hovanes Sahakyan, told Arminfo correspondent. 

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Naira Zohrabyan: The three Gul, Erdogan and Davutoglu go on conducting the policy of the Ottoman Turkey
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:43

Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Armenia within the frames of the BSEC will change nothing in the Armenian-Turkish relations, as he will again try to condition normalization of the bilateral relations with the Karabakh settlement, secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction, Naira Zohrabyan, told Arminfo correspondent. 

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ANC: Armenia's foreign political agenda is determined outside the country
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:42

 It is hard to make any forecasts concerning the Dec 12 visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Armenia. The Armenian authorities are very weak and no longer trusted by the world community, so, Armenia's foreign political agenda is determined outside the country, the secretary of the parliamentary group of the National Congress of Armenia Aram Manukyan told ArmInfo on Wednesday.

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Expert: Progress in Armenian-Turkish normalization ruled out amid lack of interest of the USA and the EU
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:42

 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit cannot lead to any progress in the Armenian-Turkish normalization, because the United States and the Europe Union are not interested in it any more, Stepan Safaryan, Secretary General of Heritage Party, has told ArmInfo's correspondent.  

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Armenia's prosecutor general is ready to file a lawsuit based on ombudsman's report regarding corruption in the legal system
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:41

 Armenia's Prosecutor General, Gevorg Kostanyan is ready to file a lawsuit based on Ombudsman Karen Andreasyan's report regarding corruption in the legal system of Armenia. 

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Program on ishkhan breeding in Lake Sevan causes environmentalists' indignation
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:40

The program on replenishment of ishkhan (Armenian trout) reserves in Lake Sevan and fish breeding development has caused the environmentalists' indignation.  The program envisages creation of an incubator, a juvenile fish farm and a fish processing factory. The products (frozen fish, tinned fish, smoked fillet) will mostly be exported.  Environmentalists say that the Government is already preparing the draft decision on ishkhan breeding in Lake Sevan. Emi Fruit company has completed the pilot project and is presenting its estimations to the Government.   

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Azerbaijani Parliament Vice-Speaker: We regard Turkey-Armenia contacts as normal
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:38

 "Turkey's policy and official position is that the Turkey-Armenia rapprochement begins from the withdrawal of the troops and liberation of the Azerbaijani occupied territories," Azerbaijani Parliament vice-speaker Bahar Muradova told journalists while commenting on the upcoming visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Armenia. 

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ARFD: Last meeting of Armenian and Azeri presidents will bring no progress in Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:36

The last meeting of the Armenian and Azeri presidents in Vienna will bring no progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks, Head of ARFD Bureau's Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Kiro Manoyan told journalists on Wednesday.  

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In 2013 Areximbank-Gazprombank Group increased its cards by 15.5% and transactions by 37.9%
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:35

In 2013 Areximbank-Gazprombank Group issued 18627 cards (15.5% rise versus 2012). The turnover by cards at the Bank's service points rose by 37.94% and at cash withrawal points - by 8.35%, the press service of the Bank has told ArmInfo. 

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Ex-chairman of the Board of ArmBusinessBank CJSC arrested
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:31

 Zhoghovurd newspaper writes that ex-chairman of the Board of ArmBusinessBank CJSC, Ara Kirakosian, was arrested. The banking circles of Armenia proved such information to Arminfo. 

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Hrant Bagratyan: Armenia consumes the most expensive gas even by European standards
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 17:30

 Armenia consumes the most expensive gas even by European standards, MP, ex-Prime Minister of Armenia Hrant Bagratyan says on his Facebook page. 

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Parliament of Armenia amends Law on State Pensions
 Wednesday, December 11 2013 09:41

Parliament of Armenia passed amendments to the Law On State Pensions in the second and final reading, Thursday.

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Open skies policy to reduce prices of flights to Armenia by 10-50% on the average: CEO of National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia
 Tuesday, December 10 2013 22:20

The open skies policy will reduce the prices of flights to Armenia by 10-50% on the average. This will allow the country to additionally increase the GDP by 1.5% or $0.3-0.4 bln AMD per annum, Arman Khachatryan, CEO of the  National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, said at a press  conference on Tuesday.  

This indicator is mentioned in the program on ensuring provision of  competitive and longlasting air services in Armenia elaborated on the  basis of a joint survey by McKinsey&Company and the National  Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia. Khachatryan thinks that  Armenia will be able to reach that target in 3-4 years. "The conduct  of the open skies policy will lead to growth in the country's  commodity turnover and will increase the inflow of tourists", he  said. 

In particular, passenger operations are expected to rise by 20-25%,  he said. In the meantime, 18- 23 thsd well-paid jobs will be created  in the aviation sector.  

In the context of the new concept "at least one cost-effective air  company" will be launched in spring 2014. Khachatryan said that the  air ticket prices in that company will be low, and the company will  make flights to 10 cities of Europe. He failed to specify who is the  founder of the company, whether the state has a share in it and  whether the company has already been granted a license. 

Khachatryan pointed out that in Armenia air ticket prices are by 60%  higher than in the neighboring countries due to the restricted  geography of flights and low competition in the market. He thinks  that the open skies policy implies full liberalization of the  aviation sector. Moreover, the market will be liberalized for not  only foreign but also local air companies. "We suppose that by 2016  the number of foreign and local air companies in Armenia will range  from 40 to 50", he said. 

Air Armenia company appeared on the Armenian air market in Oct 2013  causing a significant drop in prices. Transporting cargoes since  2003, Air Armenia carried out its first passenger charter flight to  Rostov- on-Don on Oct 3 and the first regular flight to Moscow on Oct  27. The company has two planes: Boeing 737-500 and Airbus 320. 

The company's Executive Director Arsen Avetisyan told ArmInfo earlier  that it is inadmissible that local air carriers face restrictions,  while foreign companies enjoy open skies. He explained that it was the recommendation of the Government's advisor, McKinsey & Company,  who believes that in order to be eligible to provide air services, a  company should have a capital of at least $25mln and enough free  funds to operate at least five planes within three months. 

But, according to Avetisyan, in order to be able to do it, a company  should have a capital of no less than $60mln. This requirement seems  absurd to him as a company cannot have five planes unless it is  allowed to fly: no single leasing company will give it a plane –  whatever its financial status is – unless it has a license to fly.  So, Avetisyan sees in this recommendation an attempt to debar  national air companies from air services in Armenia and to  artificially restrict their activities so as to curb their  development.

In Jan-Oct 2013 1.5mln people used air services in Armenia (1.8% less  than a year before).

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VTB Bank (Armenia) and Visa sum up results of Olympic Campaign Sochi 2014
 Tuesday, December 10 2013 22:19

On December 10, VTB Bank (Armenia) and Visa summed up the results of Olympic Campaign Sochi 2014. The campaign was aimed at increasing the noncash payments by Visa cards of VTB Bank (Armenia) and raising the Armenian consumers' awareness of operability of the Visa payment cards.  

It was pointed out at today's press conference that 100 cardholders  of VTB Bank (Armenia), who obtained the biggest number of bonus  points, became participants in a drawing of 101 valuable prizes of  the Bank, particularly, 50 certificates for purchase of appliances at  ARAY store until 1 Feb 2014 and 50 certificates for the Bank's  products at preferential terms (-1% for a loan or +1% for a deposit)  until 1 Feb 2014. The key prize of the campaign was a trip (for two  persons) to the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. The winner of the  key prize was the Bank's customer Armen Grigoryan. 

"Due to the Olympic Campaign Sochi 2014 held jointly with Visa, the  Bank's customers can feel themselves part of the Olympic movement and  root for the sportsmen from the tiers. This is the second joint  campaign this year and it has become a stimulus to use the Bank's  Visa cards when making various kinds of payments, which have grown  more than twofold. It is pleasant to realize that the Bank is  promoting the popularity of the plastic cards in Armenia", said Yuri  Gusev, Director General, Chairman of Directorate of VTB Bank  (Armenia). 

When asked by ArmInfo to assess the situation of Visa cards in the  plastic market of Armenia, Irina Kamkhadze, Country Manager Caucasus  countries at Visa, said that the dynamics is stable if the matter  concerns the ratio of noncash operations against the total card  turnover, which has been 10% for almost a year. "This is a rather  high index as compared with the CIS countries, for instance. Our key  goal is to increase the volume of noncash payments", she said. 

During the campaign (from Oct 1 till Nov 30) the number of Visa card  transactions grew by 50%. The turnover almost redoubled as compared  with Nov 30 2012. The average daily quantity was 8,000 transactions.

"Visa and we will continue holding such campaigns. They have already  offered us a new interesting project. As regards the Visa card  tariffs, they are quite competitive. This is a well-balanced price,  reflecting the actual cost of this service. Let's not forget that  card business is one of the most investment-intensive banking activities," Gusev said in response to ArmInfo's question.

Armenia started acquiring Visa cards in 2001, with 12 Armenian banks already having such cards. As of Apr 1 2013 there were 600,000 active Visa cards in Armenia (30% more than a year before).

VTB Bank (Armenia) joined VTB Group in Apr 2004 and is fully owned by VTB Bank, the second biggest bank in Russia. VTB Bank (Armenia) is one of the leaders of Armenia's banking sector. It has 67 branches all over the country. It also has an own processing center, which gives it an advantage on the card market.

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Tourism sector official denies the obvious by claiming that tourism services in Armenia are cheaper than abroad
 Tuesday, December 10 2013 22:17

Head of the Tourism Department of the Armenian Economy Ministry, Mekhak Apresyan, has  amazed the media by denying the obvious. He claims that tourism  services in Armenia are allegedly by 10% cheaper than in Georgia. 

At today's press conference Apresyan said that it is necessary to  compare equal quantities for impartial assessment. For example, one  should compare Yerevan with Tbilisi, Jermuk with Borjomi, but not  Yerevan with Kobuleti. Otherwise, wrong conclusions are made about  cheap tourism services abroad. Another important thing is that the  data should be taken from one source, for example, from booking.com.  The head of the Tourism Department blames people for lack of  patriotism and for "disseminating absurd rumors" though everyone  knows that in summertime hundreds of thousands of people go to 
Georgia's Black Sea resorts not only because they underestimate the  shores of Lake Sevan.  

Deputy Mayor of the resort town of Tsaghkadzor, Garik Hayrapetyan,  said that a 6-day stay at a hotel in Tsaghkadzor with 3 meals and  participation in the New Year show ranges from 130 thsd AMD to 3 mln  AMD per person. However, he understood that the figures are too high  and added that very often a few families join their funds and rent a  private house for 25 thsd AMD per day. Last winter nearly 1,500  people spent their winter holidays in Tsaghkadzor. 

Apresyan also stressed that the number of those wishing to celebrate  the New Year in Armenia is growing with every passing year. Moreover,  the tourists are not only citizens of Armenia but also foreigners,  especially from the CIS countries. According to the statistics,  nearly 678 thsd tourists visited Armenia in Jan-Sept 2013, 12.4% more than in Jan-Sept 2012. These were mostly tourists from Russia,  Georgia, Europe, Iran and the USA. Domestic tourism in Armenia grew  by 38.2% in Jan-Sept 2013. A total of 587 thsd citizens spent their  vacation in Armenia. 

Having assumed the role of a Book of Complaints and Suggestions,  Apresyan expressed confidence that the travelers are pleased with the  service quality and prices and feel comfortable and safe. He also  pointed out the "favorable investment climate". "It is also  noteworthy that as soon as the social package program for state  officials was introduced, the number of officials spending their  vacation in Armenia rose more than twofold and totaled almost 40 
thsd", said Apresyan. He added that the number of contracts on social  packages grew from 8 thsd to 19 thsd. 

In the meantime, Apresyan did not say a single word about the  problems of the tourism sector in Armenia though the tourism market  participants, especially, the tour operators point out a number of  unresolved problems, particularly, expensive air tickets, prices of  hotel accommodation, low quality service, lack of international  standards and shortage of skilled personne.

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Parliamentary opposition to apply to Constitutional Court on Dec 17 to consider validity of law on compulsory contribution pension system
 Tuesday, December 10 2013 15:42

On December 17, 4 opposition factions of the Armenian Parliament, namely ARF Dashnaktsutyun, Prosperous Armenia Party, Heritage and Armenian National Congress, will hold a procession of protest against introduction of the compulsory contribution pension system. They will also apply to the Constitutional Court to consider the validity of that law.  
 
Artsvik Minasyan, MP from ARF Dashnaktsutyun, told media that the procession may develop into a rally.  He said that the opposition factions will apply to the Constitutional Court because the parliamentary majority does not want to take measures to prevent introduction of the compulsory contribution pension system. The MP also promised that if the Constitutional Court rejects the oppositionists' application, they will convene an extraordinary meeting of the Parliament and will do their best to hold a nationwide referendum. Minasyan said that there are already 32 parliamentarians' signatures for applying to the Constitutional Court instead of the required 27. 

To note, the compulsory contribution pension system to be introduced on 1 Jan 2014 has caused wide public protests in Armenia because additional taxes will be imposed on the citizens amid the countrywide social crisis. 

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Lebanon Plans to Issue Commemorative Stamp for Genocide Centennial
 Tuesday, December 10 2013 14:54

The government of Lebanon plans to issue a commemorative stamp picturing the Genocide Monument at Bikfaya, Lebanon, in order to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Asbarez reports.

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France: Fake news and laws, searches and gilets jaunesFrance: Fake news and laws, searches and gilets jaunes
The elimination of Karabakh conflict and of Russian impact as well  is a direct way for US investments in Armenia and AzerbaijanThe elimination of Karabakh conflict and of Russian impact as well  is a direct way for US investments in Armenia and Azerbaijan
Manvel Sargsyan: Oligarchic order was broken in Armenia, but the  threat of a return to authoritarianism remains.(video)Manvel Sargsyan: Oligarchic order was broken in Armenia, but the  threat of a return to authoritarianism remains.(video)
Expert: Only four political forces have chances to be elected to the Armenian parliamentExpert: Only four political forces have chances to be elected to the Armenian parliament
Victor Nadein-Raevsky: The people of Azerbaijan are not ready to  realize the mistakes of the past (video)Victor Nadein-Raevsky: The people of Azerbaijan are not ready to  realize the mistakes of the past (video)
Alexander Krylov: Supporters of turning the CSTO into an influential organization are interested in the soonest overcoming of Alexander Krylov: Supporters of turning the CSTO into an influential organization are interested in the soonest overcoming of "Khachaturov`s incident."
Ambassador of Japan: Your people have a special genesis, amazing narture of endurance and optimismAmbassador of Japan: Your people have a special genesis, amazing narture of endurance and optimism
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George Tsereteli called on the parties to the Karabakh conflict to  resolve disagreements and find a common languageGeorge Tsereteli called on the parties to the Karabakh conflict to  resolve disagreements and find a common language
Stepanakert called the statement of Georgian Foreign Ministry on the  local elections in Artsakh stereotyped Stepanakert called the statement of Georgian Foreign Ministry on the  local elections in Artsakh stereotyped 
YPC President: Decision of the Constitutional Court on the YPC President: Decision of the Constitutional Court on the "Kocharian  case" may be followed by agreements with external forces.
Russian President congratulates jailed second Armenian president on  jubileeRussian President congratulates jailed second Armenian president on  jubilee
Armenian public is concerned about uranium reserves in Amulsar fieldArmenian public is concerned about uranium reserves in Amulsar field
Over 10 years, 495 children were adopted by foreign citizens from 6  orphanages in Armenia, and only 116 by local citizensOver 10 years, 495 children were adopted by foreign citizens from 6  orphanages in Armenia, and only 116 by local citizens
By creating a counterbalance to the 102nd base, Turkey will claim for ousting Russia from the South CaucasusBy creating a counterbalance to the 102nd base, Turkey will claim for ousting Russia from the South Caucasus
First skyscraper to be built in Yerevan
Supporters of the second president of Armenia demand from the  Ombudsman to declare Kocharyan a political prisoner and protect his  rightsSupporters of the second president of Armenia demand from the  Ombudsman to declare Kocharyan a political prisoner and protect his  rights
View from Baku: Pashinyan actually invited Azerbaijan to recognize  the accession of Karabakh with a View from Baku: Pashinyan actually invited Azerbaijan to recognize  the accession of Karabakh with a "corridor" to Armenia in exchange  for other territories
Yerevan responds to Baku`s statementYerevan responds to Baku`s statement
Official Baku categorically rejects Pashinyan`s statement that  Karabakh is part of ArmeniaOfficial Baku categorically rejects Pashinyan`s statement that  Karabakh is part of Armenia
Hovhannes Igityan: Robert Kocharyan has never been a political  leader. Even being the president of Artsakh and ArmeniaHovhannes Igityan: Robert Kocharyan has never been a political  leader. Even being the president of Artsakh and Armenia
French Embassy provides support in 3D modeling of Armenia`s  historical and religious sites French Embassy provides support in 3D modeling of Armenia`s  historical and religious sites 
Edmon Marukyan: We are doing everything to ensure that there is more  America in ArmeniaEdmon Marukyan: We are doing everything to ensure that there is more  America in Armenia
Nikol Pashinyan told why there is no progress in the Karabakh  settlementNikol Pashinyan told why there is no progress in the Karabakh  settlement
NKR Foreign Minister: Future President of Artsakh should not be  associated with money and weaponsNKR Foreign Minister: Future President of Artsakh should not be  associated with money and weapons
Ardshinbank Increases the Number of Branches Operating on SaturdaysArdshinbank Increases the Number of Branches Operating on Saturdays
29 PACE MPs appealed to RA authorities to ensure rights and freedoms  of LGBT community29 PACE MPs appealed to RA authorities to ensure rights and freedoms  of LGBT community
Head of Migration Service of Armenia: One of the main tasks of our   service is the integration of refugees into the life of the countryHead of Migration Service of Armenia: One of the main tasks of our service is the integration of refugees into the life of the country
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund for 27 years invested $ 370 million in the   development of ArmeniaHayastan All-Armenian Fund for 27 years invested $ 370 million in the development of Armenia
Wojciech Goretski: If Moscow could control April the war to the end, in Karabakh would have stood the Russian peacekeepersWojciech Goretski: If Moscow could control April the war to the end, in Karabakh would have stood the Russian peacekeepers
Polish diplomat: To initiate EU-EAEU dialogue, it should be first  defined what the EAEU isPolish diplomat: To initiate EU-EAEU dialogue, it should be first  defined what the EAEU is
Robert Kocharyan to his supporters: Robert Kocharyan to his supporters: "I didn`t think that I will face  so many events``
Tomorrow Nikol Pashinyan intends to announce the second, most important stage of Armenian revolutionTomorrow Nikol Pashinyan intends to announce the second, most important stage of Armenian revolution
Robert Kocharyan insists on questioning former members of the  Constitutional CourtRobert Kocharyan insists on questioning former members of the  Constitutional Court
Armenian Health Ministry ready to take no tough measures to suppress  anti-vaccination appealsArmenian Health Ministry ready to take no tough measures to suppress  anti-vaccination appeals
Rector of the Academy of Justice: The justice system is very  sensitive and any revolutionary intervention in it can be riskedRector of the Academy of Justice: The justice system is very  sensitive and any revolutionary intervention in it can be risked
Hrachya Arzumanyan: There are three scenarios of Artsakh settlement in the 21st centuryHrachya Arzumanyan: There are three scenarios of Artsakh settlement in the 21st century
American expert criticizes Pashinyan`s policyAmerican expert criticizes Pashinyan`s policy
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