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Analyst: The discussion by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan of  the“core issues” is evidence of certain compromisesAnalyst: The discussion by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan of  the“core issues” is evidence of certain compromises
Artsakh Ombudsman left for California on working visitArtsakh Ombudsman left for California on working visit
Minister of Justice: At this stage, we are just starting work towards vettingMinister of Justice: At this stage, we are just starting work towards vetting
ArmInfo apologizes for the failure of electricity  and the fecklessness of certain bodiesArmInfo apologizes for the failure of electricity  and the fecklessness of certain bodies
Minimum wage in Armenia will be raised to 68 thousand AMDMinimum wage in Armenia will be raised to 68 thousand AMD
Artsrun Hovhannisyan: Ministry of Defense has concluded agreements on offensive weapons suppliesArtsrun Hovhannisyan: Ministry of Defense has concluded agreements on offensive weapons supplies
Tigran Avinyan: Yerevan attaches great importance to the development of relations with TbilisiTigran Avinyan: Yerevan attaches great importance to the development of relations with Tbilisi
Georgian Deputy Prime Minister: We are ready to assist in the establishment of a visa-free regime between Armenia and the EUGeorgian Deputy Prime Minister: We are ready to assist in the establishment of a visa-free regime between Armenia and the EU
Armenian Embassy in Georgia: Driver detained at Lars checkpoint on suspicion of drug trafficking, released from custodyArmenian Embassy in Georgia: Driver detained at Lars checkpoint on suspicion of drug trafficking, released from custody
Rector of Moscow State University and Armenia`s Prime Minister will hand over diplomas to the first graduates of the University`s Yerevan BranchRector of Moscow State University and Armenia`s Prime Minister will hand over diplomas to the first graduates of the University`s Yerevan Branch
VivaCell-MTS launched tariff plan for Z generation: top 5 messengers, Internet, minutes and more VivaCell-MTS launched tariff plan for Z generation: top 5 messengers, Internet, minutes and more 
Armenian Football Federation is looking for ways to build a new   stadiumArmenian Football Federation is looking for ways to build a new stadium
On July 4-6 Nikol Pashinyan to pay working visit to Hanoi and on July  7-9 - SingaporeOn July 4-6 Nikol Pashinyan to pay working visit to Hanoi and on July  7-9 - Singapore
"Sasna Tsrer" requires to revise borders drawn by outcome of the  First and  Second World Wars 
Artur Vanetsyan: The mission of the FFA is clearly formed today - to  ensure the consistent development of Armenian footballArtur Vanetsyan: The mission of the FFA is clearly formed today - to  ensure the consistent development of Armenian football
An extraordinary meeting of RA NA will be convenedAn extraordinary meeting of RA NA will be convened
Deputy Governor of Aragatsotn region of Armenia has been dismissed  from serviceDeputy Governor of Aragatsotn region of Armenia has been dismissed  from service
For taking bribes from pensioners in especially large amounts, the  head of the Havar department of the RA Social Security Service was  detainedFor taking bribes from pensioners in especially large amounts, the  head of the Havar department of the RA Social Security Service was  detained
Armen Sargsyan: One of the goals of the Armenian nation is to become  a leading technological and scientific countryArmen Sargsyan: One of the goals of the Armenian nation is to become  a leading technological and scientific country
Azerbaijan intensifies anti-Armenian propaganda in PACE - Armenian  delegation tries to resistAzerbaijan intensifies anti-Armenian propaganda in PACE - Armenian  delegation tries to resist
Turkologist: The defeat of Binali Yıldırım in Istanbul - the defeat  of Recep Erdogan throughout TurkeyTurkologist: The defeat of Binali Yıldırım in Istanbul - the defeat  of Recep Erdogan throughout Turkey
US congressman introduced an amendment blocking the sale to  Azerbaijan of armaments increasing this country`s ability to shoot  down civilian aircraft.US congressman introduced an amendment blocking the sale to  Azerbaijan of armaments increasing this country`s ability to shoot  down civilian aircraft.
Armenian parliament President was invited to visit VietnamArmenian parliament President was invited to visit Vietnam
Armenia and Iran are preparing for the 16th meeting of the   intergovernmental commissionArmenia and Iran are preparing for the 16th meeting of the intergovernmental commission
Lawyers intend to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal on   arresting Robert KocharyanLawyers intend to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal on arresting Robert Kocharyan
Ararat Mirzoyan and Indian Ambassador to Armenia discussed prospects   for cooperationArarat Mirzoyan and Indian Ambassador to Armenia discussed prospects for cooperation
Prosecutor General of Armenia presented to the Ambassador of Russia   work towards the recovery of illegal property, including foreign   assetsProsecutor General of Armenia presented to the Ambassador of Russia work towards the recovery of illegal property, including foreign assets
March in support of Robert Kocharian is being held in YerevanMarch in support of Robert Kocharian is being held in Yerevan
Kocharyan will be arrested againKocharyan will be arrested again
Levon Yolyan: I will resign when I consider that I have nothing more   to do in this postLevon Yolyan: I will resign when I consider that I have nothing more to do in this post
Borderland Villages in the Center of Partners’ AttentionBorderland Villages in the Center of Partners’ Attention
Rubinyan: There are no misunderstandings between the Armenian and   Russian delegations following the voting on the resolution on the   return of Russia to PACERubinyan: There are no misunderstandings between the Armenian and Russian delegations following the voting on the resolution on the return of Russia to PACE
In Kyrgyz Republic, customs officers of CU and CIS discussed creation   of a unified system for transit of goods through customs territory of   EAEUIn Kyrgyz Republic, customs officers of CU and CIS discussed creation of a unified system for transit of goods through customs territory of EAEU
Zareh Sinanyan: If the post-revolutionary euphoria in Armenia has slightly declined, then there is no such thing in the DiasporaZareh Sinanyan: If the post-revolutionary euphoria in Armenia has slightly declined, then there is no such thing in the Diaspora
Armenian President suggests holding next STARMUS festival in ArmeniaArmenian President suggests holding next STARMUS festival in Armenia
Kocharyan explained why, after coming to power, he did not give a political assessment to his predecessors and did not start the process of studying the origin of their property.Kocharyan explained why, after coming to power, he did not give a political assessment to his predecessors and did not start the process of studying the origin of their property.
Robert Kocharyan: The true goal of the vetting is the subordination of the judiciary to the executive powerRobert Kocharyan: The true goal of the vetting is the subordination of the judiciary to the executive power
Kocharyan: Criminal prosecution in my case may be of a personal vectorKocharyan: Criminal prosecution in my case may be of a personal vector
Robert Kocharyan left open the question of his claims to return to powerRobert Kocharyan left open the question of his claims to return to power
Anna Naghdalyan: Statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan do not correspond to realityAnna Naghdalyan: Statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan do not correspond to reality
Muslim Armenians in terrorist networks is a serious wake-up call for ArmeniaMuslim Armenians in terrorist networks is a serious wake-up call for Armenia
Robert Kocharyan  disproves the billions attributed to himRobert Kocharyan  disproves the billions attributed to him
Francophone Park and Family Sports Complex opened in MasisFrancophone Park and Family Sports Complex opened in Masis
Embassy: There are no Armenian or Armenian citizens among those affected by the collapse of the iron structure in TbilisiEmbassy: There are no Armenian or Armenian citizens among those affected by the collapse of the iron structure in Tbilisi
The Venice Commission will prepare an urgent opinion on the reform of the judicial code of ArmeniaThe Venice Commission will prepare an urgent opinion on the reform of the judicial code of Armenia
Armenian diplomats left for passengers of a bus detained at Upper Lars checkpoint this morningArmenian diplomats left for passengers of a bus detained at Upper Lars checkpoint this morning
Georgi Derluguian: Armenians need to finally start thinking the way that they have not thought for the past 30 yearsGeorgi Derluguian: Armenians need to finally start thinking the way that they have not thought for the past 30 years
Vice Prime Minister of Georgia has not changed plans to visit Yerevan - Vladimir KarapetyanVice Prime Minister of Georgia has not changed plans to visit Yerevan - Vladimir Karapetyan
Head of My Step faction: A working discussion on the topic of vetting is planned to be held in the National AssemblyHead of My Step faction: A working discussion on the topic of vetting is planned to be held in the National Assembly
Lilit Makunts: Domestic political events taking place in the region, in one country or another, will surely ricochet beats on neighboring countriesLilit Makunts: Domestic political events taking place in the region, in one country or another, will surely ricochet beats on neighboring countries
Russian military: Armenia and Russia together are able to resolve emerging issues and disagreementsRussian military: Armenia and Russia together are able to resolve emerging issues and disagreements
Aram Safaryan: Armenian-Russian military cooperation is a safety cage of ArmeniaAram Safaryan: Armenian-Russian military cooperation is a safety cage of Armenia
Mammadyarov: At the Washington meeting, the co-chairs presented proposals for discussionMammadyarov: At the Washington meeting, the co-chairs presented proposals for discussion
Training seminar and national forum of Armenian teachers of French held in YerevanTraining seminar and national forum of Armenian teachers of French held in Yerevan
Russia conducts a surprise verification of combat readiness of troops, including in Southern Military District, which includes ArmeniaRussia conducts a surprise verification of combat readiness of troops, including in Southern Military District, which includes Armenia
Armenian serviceman talked about Armenian-Russian defense deep cooperation Armenian serviceman talked about Armenian-Russian defense deep cooperation 
Rospotrebnadzor announced deterioration in quality of Georgian wineRospotrebnadzor announced deterioration in quality of Georgian wine
RPA spokesman: Russian Ambassador to Armenia has the right to meet with a man who made a huge contribution to Armenian-Russian relationsRPA spokesman: Russian Ambassador to Armenia has the right to meet with a man who made a huge contribution to Armenian-Russian relations
Edward Sharmazanov: New leadership of Armenia strongly inferior to former authorities in all sectorsEdward Sharmazanov: New leadership of Armenia strongly inferior to former authorities in all sectors
Nikol Pashinyan signed decision on establishment of Council on   anti-corruption policyNikol Pashinyan signed decision on establishment of Council on anti-corruption policy


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Maxim Shevchenko: Russia still has no comprehensive policy in the Caucasus
 Saturday, June 29 2013 14:21

Mr. Shevchenko, the weapon deal between Moscow and Baku has had a wide public response. What made Russia sell weapons to a country – enemy of its strategic ally Armenia?  

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Henri Reynaud: There is no alternative to peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict
 Friday, June 28 2013 13:27

French Ambassador to Armenia Henri Reynaud urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to adhere to the existing format of talks to resolve the conflict. 

During the Friday press conference, he quoted the recent statement by the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states, Russia, the USA and France, urging the sides to find solution within the existing format and within the reached arrangements.

Henri Reynaud said meetings of the Armenian and Azerbaijani parliamentary delegations within PACE are not bringing changes. The sides have to try to seek ways of solution exclusively within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, according to the Helsinki and Madrid principles.

"I urge the side to take this path. There is no alternative way," he said.

To note, official Baku used to come forward with an offer to switch the peace process into PACE format. However, presidents of the OSCE MG states think it is unacceptable.

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Paryur Hayrikyan: After the Russian-Azerbaijani weapon bargain the Armenian authorities had to freeze diplomatic relations with Moscow
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:52

After the Russian-Azerbaijani weapon bargain the Armenian authorities had to freeze diplomatic relations with Moscow, the leader of the National Self-Determination Union (NSU) party, Paruyr Hayrikyan, said at today's press-conference.

"It is not raising anti-Russian hysteria, but a correct approach to our "strategic partner", which sold weapon to the enemy at $500 per citizen to kill one Armenian", - he said. He is surprised with indifference of the Armenian society and the opposition to the fact, as he thinks the wave of protest should raise and sober Russia.

As for assassination attempt upon his live, Hayrikyan is confident that it was organized by the Russian "imperialists" which were tracing him for dozens of years.

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12 projects from Eastern Partnership countries to fight for the grant of Directors Across Borders joint film production forum
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:51

On sidelines of the GOLDEN APRICOT 10th Jubilee International Film Festival (July 7-11 in Yerevan), the 7th Directors Across Borders (DAB) Regional Co-production Forum will be held on July 9-14.

Art-Director of Golden Apricot Film Festival Susanna Haroutiunyan told media on June 28 that the goal of the DAB is to promote co-production between Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Three grants will be issues for development of the winner-projects out of the selected 12 projects from the Eastern Partnership Project member-states.

Last year DAP expanded its forma due to a EU grant. Under the 3-year project, the following large-scale programs were implemented in 2012:  Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform, Cinema Journalism without Borders" training for young cinema critics from Eastern Partnership countries.  The above mentioned activities are organized by EU funded Directors Across Borders Project implemented by Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development. She said that many of the project introduced earlier at DAP received local and international awards.  The GOLDEN APRICOT 10th Jubilee International Film Festival will take place from July 7 till 14. This year again the General Sponsor of the Festival, the proponent of subscribers' freedom of choice VivaCell- MTS and the Ministry of Culture of Armenia are by the side of the festival. The 2013 is special for the "Golden Apricot", celebrating its 10th anniversary. The festival will host world known cinematographers Krzysztof Zanussi, Godfrey Reggio and Jos Stelling, bestowed with the "Parajanov's Thaler" for their contribution in the industry. The Charles Aznavour star will be opened at the square holding the name of the world known singer and movie actor.

This year the festival has received around 1100 applications from 94 countries (to compare, in 2012 the number of applying countries was 67), which is an evidence that the interest in the world toward the festival grows year by year. This year again the festival will include international competition programs for full feature, documentary and the "Apricot Stone" short feature films, as well as the "Armenian Panorama" national competition program. The films included in the competition will be judged by four juries.  The jury of the international feature film competition will be headed by the celebrated Hungarian director Istvan Sabo; the international documentary film competition will be headed by the 2012 "Golden Apricot" laureate and famous director Sergey Loznitsa. The FIPRESCI and the Ecumenical juries will also work during the festival. The "Yerevan Premiere", "Retrospective Screenings" and "Tribute of Honor" programs expected to bring surprises from the worldly masters of cinema, occupy a special place in the festival events. The festival will celebrate Aram Khachaturian's 110th, Artavazd Peleshyan's and Nerses Hovhannisyan's 75th anniversaries.

The "Golden Apricot" 10th Jubilee International Film Festival will be covered by the leading Armenian and international TV channels and periodicals, such as the "Euronews", "Kultura" channels, as well as "The National", "Sight and Sound", and others.  Before its start the festival will include the "Cinema Journalism without Borders" training for young cinema critics from Eastern Partnership countries. The outcome of the training will be the publication of the "Golden Apricot" daily on the festival days.

In the frames of the Festival the 7th DAB Regional Co-production Forum and Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform will take place. The above mentioned activities are organized by EU funded Directors Across Borders Project implemented by Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development, the press service of the "Golden Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival reported.

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Seyran Ohanyan: Despite the tension, likelihood of war in Karabakh is not strong
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:20

 Despite the tension in the Karabakh conflict zone, likelihood of a new war is not strong, Armenia's Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan told journalists today.

Asked about the lasting belligerent rhetoric by official Baku, Ohanyan noted that such statements are made to achieve a certain goal either to solve an internal problem, or to obtain unilateral concessions.

"We were once drawn into a war and we managed to defend Nagorno-Karabakh and our borders. Nowadays, it is impossible to make us accept unilateral concessions," he said, adding that Armenia stands for peaceful resolution achieved through talks and mutual understanding.

Defense Minister said we must be ready for war and improve the capabilities every day. However, he said the likelihood of war is not strong despite tensions.

He also added that Armenia worries about purchase of arms by the enemy, however, one should take into consideration that military and technical cooperation between Armenia and Russia is at a rather high level and  Armenia manages to maintain balance of forces due to the long-range weapons as well as high professionalism of the personnel.

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Russian political expert: Vladimir Putin prevented Damascus's seizure planned for Dec 2012
 Friday, June 28 2013 11:19

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan from a military operation against Syria, Russian political expert, Professor Igor Panarin told ArmInfo.

He said that the latest anti-governmental manifestations in Istanbul and other big Turkish cities were organized by external forces that were displeased with Erdogan's refusal to war against Bashar Assad.

"Actually, Damacus's seizure was planned for December 2012 with Erdogan to have had the key role in it.  However, negotiations were held between Putin and Erdogan at the given period of time and I think Turkey certainly changed its stance after those negotiations. I'd like to see the reasonability reigning in the Turkish elite in order the latter refrains from participating in the anti-Syrian plots," the politician said.

Panarin shares the view that one of the targets for the Turkish mercenaries warring on the side of the Syrian terrorists, the so-called armed opposition, is the Armenian community, the successors of the Armenians that survived the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey in early 20th century.

"I think it is a delicate global game. The Islamic extremists are killing first of all the Christian population, both the Catholics, who number nearly 2 million people in Syria, and Armenians," he said.

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Eduard Sharmazanov: Armenians and Greeks should combine efforts to fight Turkey's policy of denial of the genocide of the Christian peoples
 Friday, June 28 2013 10:55

Armenians and Greeks should combine efforts to fight Turkey's policy of denial of the genocide of the Christian peoples, Eduard Sharmazanov, Head of Armenian-Greek Parliamentary Friendship Group, Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia, said at the meeting with the former speaker of
the Greek Parliament, Head of the Armenian-Greek Friendship Group Apostolos Kaklamanis in the Athends on June 27.

In the course of the meeting, Kaklamanis highly appreciated the friendly relations of the Armenians and Greeks and came out for prevention of new genocides, the parliamentary press-service told ArmInfo.  Sharmazanov, in turn, recalled the Genocide of the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and other Christian peoples residing in the territory of the Ottoman Empire in early 20th century. Therefore, he said, the Armenians and Greeks must combine efforts to fight Turkey's denial policy.

"The National Assembly of Armenia has urged the world parliaments to recognize genocide of other Christian peoples, including the Pontic Greeks," Sharmazanov said.

The two parties discussed regional security issues as well as Greece's support to Armenia on the way towards European integration.

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Exchange rate of dram against US dollar and EUR
 Friday, June 28 2013 10:53

 Today, the maximum buying rates at commercial banks of Yerevan were 409 drams for 1 dollar, 532,5drams for 1 EUR and 12,45 drams for 1 Russian ruble. The minimum selling rates stood at 410 drams for 1 dollar, 536,5 drams for 1 EUR and 12,6 drams for 1 Russian ruble .

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Saakashvili on His Plans After Expiry of His Term in Office
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:07

Tbilisi. Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, says, he is going to engage in raising the level of political education in the country after expiry of his term in office - President said at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Tbilisi, on June 27.

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Georgian Dream Continues its Attacks on Opposition - UNM
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgian authorities continue 'attacks' on the local government bodies and the former ruling party - the United National Movement (UNM) - said Giorgi (Goka) Gabashvili, an individual leader of the United National Movement.

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Georgia to Explain to Russia that NATO Integration Will not Affect Its Interests - Ivanishvili
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgia will be able to explain to Russia that Georgia's integration into NATO will not affect the interests of the neighbor states - Georgian Premier, Bidzina Ivanishvili, stated at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Tbilisi, on June 26.

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Rasmussen Says, Georgia Achieved Significant Progress on its Path Towards NATO - Rasmussen
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:06

Tbilisi. Georgia has achieved significant progress on its path towards NATO integration - NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, stated at a joint news conference with Georgian Premier, Bidzina Ivanishvili, in Tbilisi, on June 26.

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More torture occurring in Azerbaijan prisons
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:05

Baku. On Thursday, a Public Alliance "Azerbaijan has no political prisoners" presented a report titled:  "The conditions in places of detention and the situation with the rights of prisoners."

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Leyla Yunus: Do not aggravate pre-election period with new repression
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:05

Baku. Leyla Yunus, Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), wrote a letter to Interior Minister Ramil Usubov to take action to stop pressure on the adviser to the leader of the Musavat Party, Yadigar Sadykhly.

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EU: We will keep recommending
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:04

Baku. EU leaders responded to a letter of appeal sent by civil society in Azerbaijan prior to a visit to Brussels by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.

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Ararat Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Churches once again refutes reports on Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan's complicity in 'offshore case'
 Friday, June 28 2013 08:02

 Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Churches once again refutes the reports by Hetq.am on Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan's complicity in 'offshore case.'

In a statement disseminated overnight, the Diocese says that quoting businessman Ruben Mkrtchyan, Hetq.am reported on June 27 that Leader of the Ararat Diocese Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Ashot Sukiasyan met with businessmen Rubem Mkrtchyan, Sergey Tryukazyuk and Alexander Valchikovski at Noyan Tapan Restaurant in 2010. After the lunch, Ruben Mkrtchyan accompanied Ashot Sukiasyanand Archbishop Kchoyan to the airport.  "Kchoyan declares that the report does not correspond to reality and it is a logical continuation of the slander made before. Ararat Diocese urges the public not to yield to the influence of such misreports that are disseminated intentionally," the statement reads.


To recall Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office for verification of the damaging information against him published by Hetq.am. The prime minister is discontented at the recent publication on hetq.am saying that WLISPERA HOLDINGS LIMITED, an offshore company registered in Cyprus has three equal shareholders - RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Primate of the Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan and Ashot Sukiasyan. WLISPERA (WHL) is directly connected to a case businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan's bankruptcy. The source published also a copy of the document allegedly confirming the given information.  Lately Businessman Ashot
Sukiasyan said he had registered an offshore company in the name of Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Leader of Ararat Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan without their consent to protect his business.

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ArmenTel Director General: We are determined to launch IP-Television service promptly and to an accomplished standard
 Friday, June 28 2013 07:15

ArmenTel CJSC is determined to launch IP-Television via public electronic- communication network (fixed-line telephony) as soon as possible, ArmenTel Director General Andrey Pyatakhin told media, on June 27.

He said that before launching the service the company is to coordinate certain terms and conditions with the Public Services Regulatory Committee of Armenia (PSRC) and conduct planning activities.  "We need to select the optimal technology for IP-TV now," Pyatakhin said.

He assured media that ArmenTel's fixed-line telephony is profitable and company pursues the trends of switchover from landline to Internet-based technologies and balances its portfolio of services in all segments. As for tariffs, the company is negotiating with the PSRC. Pyatakhin said that the company has an efficient network of mobile base stations and is going to invest in development of mobile Internet services.  He said that ArmenTel's line network is leased by 10 telecommunications operator-companies and the leasing tariffs are determined by the PSRC.

Commenting on introduction of mobile number portability - MNP in Armenia starting 2014, Pyatakhin said that the company assigns high priority to proper preparation for provision of the service. The success of the service in the market will depend on the positive experience of a subscriber.  He outlined the high-quality mobile Internet and small number of independent distributors of SIM-cards as the main peculiarities of the local telecommunications market.

Pyatakhin said that VimpelCom Ltd. Shareholders have set a task to ArmenTel. They need a sustainable long-term development of ArmenTel in order the company meets the interests of both VimpelCom and customers as long as possible, he explained.

As of late Dec 2012 the company's shareholders were Telenor (42.95% voting stock) and Altimo (47.8517% voting stock), as well as minority shareholders (9.1983% voting stock).  At the end of Q1 2013, the number of the subscribers of the Public Electronic Communications Networks of ArmenTel totaled 561.9 thousand, with 158.5 thousand having Internet access. At the same time, ArmenTel served 756.4 thousand active mobile numbers with a 0.5% annual growth and 27.9 thousand broadband Internet users (exclusive of the users of mobile devices) with a 13.9% annual growth, and 119.6 thousand subscribers using other data-transfer services  (5.3% growth).

According to the Analytical Bulletin "Financial Analysis of the Biggest Industrial Companies of Armenia" prepared by ArmInfo Agency of Rating Marketing Information on the basis of financial reports, ArmenTel Company's assets for 2012 totaled 125.5 bln drams ($312.4 mln), commodity stocks totaled 2.5 bln drams.  The company has no bank loans. The proceeds for 2012 totaled nearly 63.3 bln drams, with a 10% decline over the year, with net profits totaling 5.7 bln drams (down nearly 1%).

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Armenian Parliament Speaker submits Supervisory Chamber's report to Prosecutor General's Office
 Friday, June 28 2013 07:12

Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan has submitted the Supervisory Chamber's report for 2012 to the Prosecutor General's Office, Spokesperson of the Prosecutor General Sona Truzyan told RFE/RL Armenian Service.

She said that Hovik Abrahamyan's letter has already been introduced as stipulated by the law. The Department for Protection of the State Interests of the Prosecutor General's Office is currently studying the violations exposed by the Supervisory Chamber and will give relevant assessments to the violations of legal nature.

Earlier, Head of the Supervisory Chamber Ishkhan Zakaryan introduced the report for 2012 in the Parliament. The report exposed a big number of embezzlements in the sphere of construction and state procurement. In response, Hovik Abrahamyan said that there are no irreplaceable officials and the statesmen engaged in embezzlement of the government funds will be dismissed.

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ArmenTel's new CEO promises to conduct more active and aggressive marketing policy
 Friday, June 28 2013 06:22

ArmenTel's new CEO Andrey Pyatakhin promised on Thursday to conduct a more active and aggressive marketing policy.

He said that being part of VimpelCom, the world's sixth biggest telecoms group, ArmenTel is following its new line – to act local and to think global. "We will try to use all the advantages VimpelCom offers to its customers, these including low prices and new technologies," Pyatakhin said. 

Pyatakhin is sure that ArmenTel has enough experience and technologies for active growth. "Armenia is a highly competitive market, where it is really vital to quickly react to customers' needs," he said.

Pyatakhin said that 89% of new telecoms customers in the world are mobile internet users. "So, we are committed to become more attractive in this segment. At the same time, we will continue our efforts to develop fixed line internet in the country and will keep appearing with new products in this field," Pyatakhin said.

Before his appointment of ArmenTel's CEO Pyatakhin was Beeline Vice President and Director for Moscow region.

In Q1 2013 ArmenTel had 756,400 mobile subscribers and 27,900 internet users.  According to ArmInfo's Financial Analysis of Armenia's Biggest Manufacturing Enterprises, in 2012 the company's assets made up 125.5bln AMD, revenues 63.3bln AMD, net profit 5.7bln AMD.

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UK and US ambassadors visit Amulsar gold project site
 Friday, June 28 2013 06:20

 On June 26 Ambassador of the UK Katherine Leach and Ambassador of the USA John Heffern visited the Amulsar gold project site and the two of the surrounding villages, namely Gorayk and Gndevaz.

The press service of Geoteam reports that the trip was for the Ambassadors to familiarize themselves with the project details and with some of the social development projects Geoteam is undertaking in the neighboring communities, as part of their on-going Local Economic Development and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
 
During the trip, the Ambassadors were briefed by Lydian/Geoteam mining, environmental and social development teams about the current state of the project as well as the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) preparation and the Armenia permitting process.

At the conclusion of the visit Ambassador Leach said: "At the G8 Summit last week our Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the importance of countries and companies working together to drive up global standards in the extractives sector.   As a UK based company Lydian International represents potentially the largest British investment in Armenia. It is important to us that this project is backed by investors, such as the IFC and EBRD, who demand the highest international standards in the mining industry. This includes making sure that local communities are kept closely informed and receiving positive economic and social benefits from the project."

Ambassador Heffern said: "Lydian International's Amulsar mine represents an important foreign investment project in Armenia. Since many of the company's shareholders are US based investors, I was interested in having a closer look at the project.  The project has the potential to create a considerable economic impact in Armenia, and we hope it will provide an example of how a mining company can operate responsibly, in line with international best practice"

Geoteam CJSC the 100% owned subsidiary of Lydian International. Among its investors are worldwide known investment institutions such as New York based Amber Capital, First Eagle Investment Management, Franklin Templeton and Invesco Trimark Canada. Two of the largest and long term shareholders are IFC (part of the World Bank) and the European bank of Reconstruction and Development. Their continued provision on the work Lydian and Geoteam are undertaking is always under scrutiny to stay in line with corresponding regulations of the 'Equator Principles', setting the standards for the Environmental and Social management, which Lydian/Geoteam is highly  committed to follow.

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State Minister: Artsakh`s economy needs investment rather than assistanceState Minister: Artsakh`s economy needs investment rather than assistance
Arayik Harutyunyan: We will in civilized manner put in their place all those who try to destabilize the situation in ArtsakhArayik Harutyunyan: We will in civilized manner put in their place all those who try to destabilize the situation in Artsakh
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
Armenia conducts equally open policy both in relations with the West  and RussiaArmenia conducts equally open policy both in relations with the West  and Russia
Kiro Manoyan: Armenia-Artsakh military-political agreement will be a  yellow card for AzerbaijanKiro Manoyan: Armenia-Artsakh military-political agreement will be a  yellow card for Azerbaijan
Ukrainian analyst: Zelensky`s victory is another catastrophic defeat  for Putin`s Russia in UkraineUkrainian analyst: Zelensky`s victory is another catastrophic defeat  for Putin`s Russia in Ukraine
Karabakh negotiation process has entered so-called “Cyprus path” when geopolitical players appeared in the regionKarabakh negotiation process has entered so-called “Cyprus path” when geopolitical players appeared in the region
Andrey Pyatakhin: Operators in Armenia are competing today for Internet rather than for voiceAndrey Pyatakhin: Operators in Armenia are competing today for Internet rather than for voice
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
Asaf Hajiyev: I believe that if the format of the OSCE Minsk Group  does not bring results, then alternative solutions to the Karabakh  issue should be sought.Asaf Hajiyev: I believe that if the format of the OSCE Minsk Group  does not bring results, then alternative solutions to the Karabakh  issue should be sought.
Bolot Otunbayev: Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Armenia will  actively develop for the benefit of our peoplesBolot Otunbayev: Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Armenia will  actively develop for the benefit of our peoples
Ariel Cohen: The United States will act decisively to prevent violation of sanctions regime against Iran by Armenia, Georgia and AzerbaijanAriel Cohen: The United States will act decisively to prevent violation of sanctions regime against Iran by Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan
Zhirayr Sefilyan: The Pragmatism Of Sasna Tsrer is in Prospective WorkZhirayr Sefilyan: The Pragmatism Of Sasna Tsrer is in Prospective Work
Tevan Poghosyan: None of the political forces act to overcome the challenges facing ArmeniaTevan Poghosyan: None of the political forces act to overcome the challenges facing Armenia
Stepan Safaryan: Va Bank raid  is absolutely unpromising for parliamentary forcesStepan Safaryan: Va Bank raid  is absolutely unpromising for parliamentary forces
Avigdor Eskin: Collapse in Iran is inevitable, as a result of tough US sanctionsAvigdor Eskin: Collapse in Iran is inevitable, as a result of tough US sanctions
Zardusht Alizade: There are no physical walls between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. There are, walls built from the outside, mental and psychologicalZardusht Alizade: There are no physical walls between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. There are, walls built from the outside, mental and psychological
Alexander Iskandaryan: Results of elections in Yerevan will be reflected to early parliamentary elections in Armenia   Alexander Iskandaryan: Results of elections in Yerevan will be reflected to early parliamentary elections in Armenia  
Hovhannes Igityan: Putin will prefer to improve  relations with Pashinyan, rather than drag Kocharyan out of the political dumpHovhannes Igityan: Putin will prefer to improve  relations with Pashinyan, rather than drag Kocharyan out of the political dump
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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
Ruben Vardanyan: With all the positive dynamics observed after the  revolution, there is no clear plan for the development of the country  in ArmeniaRuben Vardanyan: With all the positive dynamics observed after the  revolution, there is no clear plan for the development of the country  in Armenia
ECHR delivered verdict on claim of first president of ArmeniaECHR delivered verdict on claim of first president of Armenia
Nikol Pashinyan expects specific recommendations from the people  related to resolving the Karabakh issue Nikol Pashinyan expects specific recommendations from the people  related to resolving the Karabakh issue 
Baku calls Yerevan to be pragmatic in Karabakh settlementBaku calls Yerevan to be pragmatic in Karabakh settlement
Asaf Hajiyev: When we are threatened, we cannot but respondAsaf Hajiyev: When we are threatened, we cannot but respond
"Do you agree to pay for job posts  that are not needed?" - Nikol  Pashinyan on reductions in Gazprom Armenia
Gagik Tsarukyan: Transgender speech in parliament was a provocation directed against the Prosperous Armenia PartyGagik Tsarukyan: Transgender speech in parliament was a provocation directed against the Prosperous Armenia Party
On May 9, on the day of the Great Victories, On May 9, on the day of the Great Victories, "Immortal Regiment"  procession will take place in Yerevan
Tigran Avinyan on dismissal of Konstantin Orbelyan: There can be no  privileged in any field, including the cultural sectorTigran Avinyan on dismissal of Konstantin Orbelyan: There can be no  privileged in any field, including the cultural sector
Analyst: Opening of the Armenian Embassy in Jerusalem will be a  brilliant tactical stepAnalyst: Opening of the Armenian Embassy in Jerusalem will be a  brilliant tactical step
American expert: Very individual processes in Armenia raised global  issuesAmerican expert: Very individual processes in Armenia raised global  issues
Pashinyan turns to citizens for advice: is it worth depriving more  than 11 thousand compatriots of benefits?Pashinyan turns to citizens for advice: is it worth depriving more  than 11 thousand compatriots of benefits?
Mailyan: Proposals and principles that have been outdated for the  last 27 years and need to be revisedMailyan: Proposals and principles that have been outdated for the  last 27 years and need to be revised
Dismantling of a cafe near Opera and Ballet Theater beganDismantling of a cafe near Opera and Ballet Theater began
Avigdor Eskin: Opening of Armenian Embassy  in Israel is a  breakthroughAvigdor Eskin: Opening of Armenian Embassy  in Israel is a  breakthrough
Ruben Varadnyan: <I am not an angel, but there is nothing we should  justify ourselves for>Ruben Varadnyan:
Alain Simonyan: Competition announced for the best tex for the new  anthem of ArmeniaAlain Simonyan: Competition announced for the best tex for the new  anthem of Armenia
Forecast:  Only the surrender of Karabakh can give reality to  prospects for Armenia`s entry into NATO Forecast:  Only the surrender of Karabakh can give reality to  prospects for Armenia`s entry into NATO 
Armenian President met with Chairman of Rockefeller Brothers Fund in  MunichArmenian President met with Chairman of Rockefeller Brothers Fund in  Munich
Street art and graffiti festival for the first time to be held in  YerevanStreet art and graffiti festival for the first time to be held in  Yerevan
Inessa Gabayan relieved of the post of Chairman of the Water  Management Committee of ArmeniaInessa Gabayan relieved of the post of Chairman of the Water  Management Committee of Armenia
Armenia voted against updated version of Ukrainian resolution on  CrimeaArmenia voted against updated version of Ukrainian resolution on  Crimea
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