BAKU: Permission rejected

Baku Sun
March 12 2004

>From the local media

Permission rejected

The Baku Mayor’s Office turned down a request by the Karabakh
Liberation Organization (QAT) to give permission to hold three
pickets in front of several government buildings in Baku on 12 March.

The pickets that were set to be held in front of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the President’s Apparatus and the Ministry of
Defense, were to demand that the government take more effective
measures to defend Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani officer who killed
his Armenian counterpart in Budapest in February.

The Mayor’s office related its refusal to give the QAT a go ahead
with the pickets with the organization’s belated appeal. It said that
while appeals to conduct actions should be submitted at least five
days beforehand, the QAT’s request came only on 9 March.

But Akif Naghi, head of the QAT, said his organization will discuss
going to the pickets without authorization.

Beauty of ‘Sketch Book’ draws attention to local pianist Ovsepian

Boston Globe, MA
March 12 2004

Beauty of ‘Sketch Book’ draws attention to local pianist Ovsepian
By Bill Beuttler, Globe Correspondent, 3/12/2004

NEWBURYPORT — A few months ago, Brad Mehldau told
that there is a fellow pianist out of Boston who had made a beautiful
record. “His name is Vardan Ovsepian,” the Grammy-nominated artist

The record is “Sketch Book,” and Mehldau isn’t the only established
musician to become an admirer. Ovsepian, who will bring his quartet
(bassist Joshua Davis, drummer Take Toriyama, and vocalist Monica
Yngvesson) to the Regattabar on Wednesday for sets with guest
classical cellist Agnieszka Dziubak, is drawing notice from many
performers for the way he blends vocals with improvisation and
classically influenced compositions.

Saxophonist George Garzone, a member of Joe Lovano’s Grammy-winning
nonet and the long-lived local trio the Fringe, played a Regattabar
gig with Ovsepian’s quartet last year and may record with the group
on a future disc. And guitarist Mick Goodrick recorded three tracks
on “Sketch Book.”

“He’s one of the most talented young musicians I’ve seen in a long,
long time,” Goodrick says.

In his pieces, Ovsepian uses Yngvesson’s voice in a unique way — as
a horn-like instrument. He writes specifically with her vocals in
mind, and on “Sketch Book” her wordless soprano sings melodies in
unison with Ovsepian’s piano as Davis, Toriyama, and Ovsepian
improvise and supply rhythmic backing. The resulting sound is cool
and cerebral.

At times, Yngvesson is vaguely reminiscent of Flora Purim on Chick
Corea’s classic “Light as a Feather,” and Ovsepian’s piano-playing
reveals trace elements of some of his heroes: Mehldau, Keith Jarrett,
and Lennie Tristano. Ovsepian, 28, a thin, soft-spoken native of
Armenia, came to Boston in 1999 to begin a scholarship at Berklee
College of Music. In his walk-up apartment that he shares with
Yngvesson, Ovsepian says he first started thinking of writing for a
vocalist after listening to the work of Brazilian singer-composer
Luciana Souza. “At that time, everybody was saying, `You have to meet
Monica Yngvesson,’ ” he says. She had come over from Sweden on a
Berklee scholarship of her own. “So I started looking for her. And I
found her.”

Ovsepian’s latest batch of a dozen pieces was written for Dziubak’s
cello. The compositions are for a CD Ovsepian plans to record next
month and release in the fall. Pieces from that project will make up
the entirety of the Regattabar outing, Ovsepian says, and he,
Yngvesson, and Dziubak got a jump-start rehearsing the new material
in preparation for full-group practice sessions with Davis and
Toriyama. The rehearsals generally take place at the private music
school Musical Suite, a 10-minute walk from the couple’s apartment.

Ovsepian and Yngvesson have day jobs teaching at the school. They
might consider moving to New York at some point, but for now, living
in Newburyport makes sense for them. It may prove to be a strategic
step, Ovsepian says, “like a cat leaning back before it leaps.”

The Vardan Ovsepian Quartet performs with special guest Agnieszka
Dziubak at the Regattabar Wednesday. Sets at 8:30 and 10 p.m., $12;

System Of A Down Plan Benefit For Genocide Awareness
March 11 2004

System Of A Down Plan Benefit For Genocide Awareness

Show set for April 24 in Los Angeles.

by Jon Wiederhorn

System of a Down’s Serj Tankian (file) (Photo: MTV News)

In an effort to increase public awareness of the Armenian genocide,
System of a Down have organized a benefit show on April 24, the date
Armenians around the world set aside to recognize the atrocities
perpetrated for years against their people.

The band, whose members are all Armenian, will stage the show in Los
Angeles at the Greek Theatre. Most of the proceeds will be donated to
organizations including the Armenian National Committee of America,
which is lobbying the U.S. Congress to officially recognize the
Armenian genocide, in which the Ottoman Turks killed as many as 1.5
million Armenians between 1895 and 1915. The rest of the proceeds
will go to organizations that benefit victims of other genocides.

“You don’t see the Armenian genocide receiving much attention, and a
lot of countries haven’t even officially recognized it,” Tankian
said. “Whereas, I don’t think there’s a country that hasn’t
recognized the Jewish holocaust. And the information is out there.
There were over 200 articles printed in The New York Times alone
between April and December, 1915, about the horrific massacres by the
Ottoman Turks on the Christian Armenian population at the time.”

Tankian said the group organized the benefit to raise money, educate
their fans and create awareness through the media. System of a Down,
who have organized Armenian genocide postcard campaigns in the past,
decided to place themselves in the middle of the struggle because
they’re tired of waiting for U.S. politicians to act. Tankian said
that former President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have
both promised to pass bills commemorating the genocide, but both
reneged for political reasons.

“It mostly has to do with [the U.S.] alliance with Turkey,” Tankian
said. “It’s a geopolitical concern more than anything. But that’s
still not an excuse. You can’t use politics, nor economics as an
excuse to cover up genocide. As we’ve learned, when you don’t
recognize something as horrible as that, it tends to repeat itself.

“And unlike Germany, who has accepted the Holocaust, we haven’t
gotten that from the Turkish government,” he continued. “They’re
denying it. They’re paying scholars to further their disinformation
campaigns. Imagine dealing with a holocaust that’s occurred and
having a government still denying it. And your government, the U.S.
government, contributes to it by not officially recognizing it. How
would you feel?”

Like most Armenians, Tankian lost many family members in the Armenian
genocide. “My family tree goes up to my grandfather and his
memories,” the singer said. “From there on, it’s cut off.”

>From the moment they formed in 1995, System of a Down have been
interested in educating their fans about the Armenian genocide. From
there, they became more interested in the political process and other
activist causes. In 2002, Tankian hooked up with Audioslave guitarist
Tom Morello to form Axis of Justice, an organization dedicated to
fighting corruption and standing up for workers’ rights.

“To me, the denial of the Armenian genocide and knowing the truth
that’s not fully out there opened my eyes to other injustices of the
world,” Tankian said. “It made me realize, hey, because of certain
things, people try to cover up crimes on a national and international
level, and it’s just horrifying. An injustice is an injustice.”

Azerbaijan stops broadcasts from separatist Karabakh

Azerbaijan stops broadcasts from separatist Karabakh

Trend news agency
11 Mar 04


Trend correspondent S. Agayeva: The illegal broadcast of an Armenian
TV channel from Susa to other Azerbaijani territories has been
stopped, the minister of communications and information technology,
Ali Abbasov, has said in an interview with Trend news agency.

Since direct talks with Nagornyy Karabakh, which is under Armenian
occupation, were impossible, the ministry used technical means to
prevent the broadcast of the station.

Speaking about the illegal broadcast of other TV stations in
Azerbaijan, Abbasov said that this issue is being resolved within the
appropriate CIS bodies. Recently, the Azerbaijani, Armenian and
Russian communications ministries signed a protocol in Moscow to stop
illegal broadcasts on each others’ territory. Armenia gave assurances
that in accordance with the document it will stop its broadcasts.

Letter of Indignation of Dr. Tessa Hofmann to Jack Straw

ARBEITSGRUPPE ANERKENNUNG – Gegen Genozid, Für Völkerverständigung e.V.


Dr. Tessa Hofmann
Mainauer Str. 9, II
D- 12161 Berlin
Phone: 0049/30/83854208
Fax: 851 79 74
Email: [email protected]

Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
– Jack Straw –

King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH

March 11, 2004

– Interview with UK Ambassador Mrs Thorda Abbott-Watt


it has been brought to our attention that the UK Ambassador to the
Republic of Armenia, Mrs. Thorda Abbott-Watt has repeatedly denied the
genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the years

Mrs Abbott Watt mentioned `mass killings` and `brutality`, but
that half of the victims died during death marches or exile in desert
areas from starvation, exhaustion and epidemics. The UN Convention on
Genocide describes such circumstances as `deliberately inflicting on
group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical
destruction in whole or in part.’ (Art. 2, c)

Mrs Abbott Watt is wrong in publicly doubting that the case of the
Armenian Genocide did not correspond with the definition and categories
of the UN Genocide Convention. She may not know that the author of this
convention, Mr Raphael Lemkin, drafted it on the empirical base of both
the Armenian and the Jewish Genocide as case studies during WW1 and WW2.

Mrs Abbott Watt may also be ignorant of the joint statement of May 27,
1915, in with the governments of Britain, France and Russia warned the
Ottoman government to held its members personally responsible for the
crimes committed on the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire. In this
statement the killings of the Armenian population were categorised,
under the terms of contemporary law, as a crime against humanity and

Mrs Abbott Watt is obviously not qualified as a scholar of genocide
research. Otherwise she would know that the denial of genocide is
considered as an integral part of the crime and its final stage. Sadly,
Mrs Abbott Watt herself contributes to the crime of denial, thus keeping
painfully alive the trauma of the Armenian nation and upsetting all
others others, who are aware of the consequences of genocide denial.

As an international NGO, which is focusing on the recognition of denied
genocide crimes, we urge you to re-consider whether it is advisable
that Mrs Abbott Watt, who is ignorant of basic facts of legal history
and international relations and who makes repeated incompetent and
offensive statements, may continue her diplomatic career in a country,
where half of the population descends from survivors of genocide.


Dr. Tessa Hofmann


[1] The full text reads: `For about a month the Kurd and Turkish
populations of Armenia has been massacring Armenians with the connivance
and often assistance of Ottoman authorities. Such massacres took place
in middle April (new style) at Erzerum, Dertchun, Eguine, Akn, Bitlis,
Mush, Sassun, Zeitun, and throughout Cilicia. Inhabitants of about one
hundred villages near Van were all murdered. In that city Armenian
quarter is besieged by Kurds. At the same time in Constantinople Ottoman
Government ill-treats inoffensive Armenian population. In view of those
new crimes of Turkey against humanity and civilization, the Allied
governments announce publicly to the Sublime-Porte that they will hold
personally responsible [for] these crimes all members of the Ottoman
government and those of their agents who are implicated in such


Turkmenistan – Scepticism, optimism greet surprise prez decree


The right to believe, to worship and witness
The right to change one’s belief or religion
The right to join together and express one’s belief


Friday 12 March 2004

Despite a surprise 11 March decree from President Saparmurat Niyazov
lifting the requirement that a religious community must have 500 adult
citizen members before it can register, officials have insisted that
unregistered religious activity remains illegal. Bibi Agina of the Adalat
(Justice) Ministry told Forum 18 that the decree does not mean that
unregistered religious communities can start to meet freely in private
homes. Some believers are optimistic that the decree might be a signal of a
relaxation of Turkmenistan’s harsh restrictions on religious communities –
which have seen all Protestant, Armenian Apostolic, Shia Muslim, Jewish,
Hare Krishna, Baha’i and Jehovah’s Witness communities banned. “The
authorities have tried up till now to use repressive measures and have
understood this is unsuccessful,” one Protestant told Forum 18. “They seem
now to be trying to bring religious communities under state control –
perhaps a cleverer policy.”


By Igor Rotar, Forum 18 News Service, and
Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service

Religious believers of the many illegal faiths – including all Protestant,
Armenian Apostolic, Shia Muslim, Jewish, Hare Krishna, Baha’i and Jehovah’s
Witness communities – have been taken by surprise by an 11 March decree
from Turkmenistan’s authoritarian president Saparmurat Niyazov allowing
religious communities to gain official registration regardless of how many
members they have or what faith they belong to. Some have told Forum 18
News Service they are optimistic that conditions will improve, though
others – especially from groups that have regularly suffered fines,
beatings and threats – are sceptical. Under the country’s harsh religion
law, communities have previously needed five hundred adult citizen members
(a requirement almost impossible for religious minorities to achieve),
while since last November unregistered religious activity has been a crime.
The new decree makes no mention of decriminalising unregistered religious

Bibi Agina, an official of the department that registers social
organisations at the Adalat (Justice) Ministry, told Forum 18 that the
decree does not mean that unregistered religious communities can start to
meet freely in private homes. “As before, religious communities can only
function after they get registration,” she told Forum 18 from Ashgabad on
12 March. “The decree simply gives religious communities like the Baptists
and others the possibility to work legally.”

Officials at the government’s Gengeshi (Council) for Religious Affairs
were, as usual, reluctant to talk, putting down the phone when Forum 18
telephoned. Eventually Forum 18 managed to speak to Mukhamed (who refused
to give his last name), an aide to the deputy chairman Murad Karriyev, who
said the same as Agina that the decree does not entitle unregistered
religious communities to begin to function. “They still need registration,”
he insisted to Forum 18.

Radik Zakirov, a Protestant from Ashgabad, said his community is not
preparing to register under the new decree. But he believed it might mark a
change of policy. “The authorities have tried up till now to use repressive
measures and have understood this is unsuccessful,” he told Forum 18 on 12
March. “They seem now to be trying to bring religious communities under
state control – perhaps a cleverer policy.”

One immediate welcome for the decree came from Armenia’s Ambassador to
Turkmenistan, Aram Grigorian, who has been seeking the return to the local
Armenian community of their church in the Caspian port city of Turkmenbashi
(formerly Krasnovodsk), which was confiscated during the Soviet period.
“This is a very progressive decree,” he told Forum 18 from Ashgabad on 12
March. “We will try to make use of it.”

The government has not allowed any Armenian Apostolic churches to reopen or
open in Turkmenistan and, if they wish to attend services, Armenian
Apostolic believers are forced to go to the only legal Christian
denomination, the Russian Orthodox Church, although the Armenian Church is
of the Oriental family of Christian Churches, not the Orthodox.

Vasili Kalin, chairman of the ruling council of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in
Russia, who maintains close ties with fellow believers in Turkmenistan, was
cautiously optimistic over what he regarded as perhaps the start of a
process of improvement. “We welcome the guarantees of freedom of religion
and registration in the decree,” he told Forum 18 from St Petersburg on 12
March, “but experience teaches us to look at what happens in practice.”
Anatoly Melnik, a Jehovah’s Witness leader from Kazakhstan with contacts in
Turkmenistan, was more pessimistic over whether the decree will improve
life for their communities, believing the decree might be simply a
“propaganda measure”.

Kalin said their communities in Turkmenistan are ready to register, but
pointed out that several Jehovah’s Witnesses remain in prison for their
faith. “It would be a good gesture that Turkmenistan is ready to abide by
its international human rights commitments if these innocent people would
be freed. We hope to see that soon.” He said the new decree might be a
signal that Turkmenistan is changing “just as in the Soviet Union when the
situation changed”. He pointed out that moving from illegality in the
Soviet Union to a position where Jehovah’s Witnesses could register their
communities took time.

One Protestant, whose church has had numerous problems from the authorities
and has to meet in secret to try to evade state control, was sceptical
about whether the decree would make a lot of difference. “We know about the
decree,” the Protestant – who preferred not to be identified – told Forum
18. “But are we optimistic? Not so much.”

A Christian representative outside Turkmenistan with close links in the
country told Forum 18 that “if the decree becomes a reality, it will be
good”. The representative noted that without registration the church has
faced a number of problems, including the impossibility of acquiring
property for services.

Most sceptical were leaders of unregistered Protestant churches. Viktor
Makrousov of the Pentecostal church (who had not yet seen the decree) and
Vladimir Tolmachev of Greater Grace both separately believed the situation
is unlikely to improve on the ground. “Our main problem has not been the
500 signatures required for registration – we could achieve that,”
Tolmachev told Forum 18 from Ashgabad on 12 March. “The problem is that
people signing the registration application would get problems – they would
be sacked from their work, especially those who are ethnic Turkmens. It is
a problem of people’s safety.”

Niyazov’s decree, reported on state television on 11 March and published in
Russian on the pro-government website, claims that the
country “carries out fully” its commitments under the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
and the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of
Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief “while securing the harmony of
the religious confessions functioning in Turkmenistan”. In reality, the
government has flagrantly violated these international commitments amid the
heaviest controls on religious life of all the former Soviet republics.

The decree – which comes into force today (12 March) – sets out three

“1. To secure the registration on the territory of Turkmenistan of
religious organisations and groups in accordance with generally-accepted
international norms and procedures.

“2. To register on the territory of Turkmenistan according to established
procedure religious groups of citizens independently of their number, faith
and religion.

“3. The Adalat Ministry of Turkmenistan is to put into effect the current
decree from the day of its publication.”

The decree was published at the same time as a decree ordering the lifting
of exit controls on Turkmenistan’s citizens. Both this and the denial of
religious freedom have been heavily criticised by foreign governments and
human rights activists. Religious believers within the country are
generally too frightened to speak out openly against the restrictions on
their religious activity.

For more background see Forum 18’s report on the new religion law at

and Forum 18’s latest religious freedom survey at

A printer-friendly map of Turkmenistan is available at

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CENN Daily Digest – 03/12/2004

Table of Contents:
1. GIOC – Georgian International Oil Corporation — Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
Main Export Pipeline Construction
2. Talks Begin on Heavy Metal Air Pollution Deal
3. International Fundraising Workshop, Ukraine May 10-23, 2004
4. International-caliber graduate Program in Economics

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main Export Pipeline Construction

The Georgian International Oil Corporation has the honor to inform the
audience that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main Export Pipeline Construction
has moved into a significant phase. GIOC will continuously update you on
the progress of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main Export Pipeline
Construction process to ensure open and transparent implementation of
the project.


Pipeline stringing has taken place along 50 km of the corridor
Welding of pipes has been carried out along 45 km of the corridor
Pipe laying has been carried out along 20 km of the corridor
2650 Georgian nationals have been directly employed by the project


Georgian companies have performed 8 273 000 Gel worth construction works

Land and crop compensation worth 14 960 000 Gel has been paid to 2350
4 031 000 Gel worth construction and inert materials have been purchased
from Georgian companies
553 000 Gel worth food product have been purchased from local population

293 700 Gel has been paid to local population as a rental fee for
6 756 850 has been paid to Batumi and Poti ports for receiving and
handling project cargo
6 104 800 has been paid to the railway of Georgia for transportation of
project cargo
754 00 has been paid to the central and local budgets of Georgia
To date over 10 000 Georgian nationals rendered different services and
participated in the project


GOIC informs you that any project-related information will be
permanently available to you
Should you have comments, proposals of questions, out hot line: +995 32
92 02 54 will be at your service every day from 10:00 to 18:00.

Furthermore, GIOC offices are open in the districts crossed by the
pipeline, at the following addresses:

1. 74, David Agmashenebeli str.., Power Networkings building, Gardabani
2. 34, Tamar Mepis str., Local Administration building, Tetritskaro
3. 22, Aristotle str., Local Administration building, Tsalka
4. 1, Rustaveli str., Local Administration building, Borjomi
5. 11, Tamarasheni str., District Administration building, Akhalstikhe

The office of Georgian International Oil Corporation
4, Sanapiro str., Tbilisi
Tel: +995 32 92 02 46/47


The EU is moving towards agreeing semi-binding targets to cut heavy
metal pollution in ambient air, Environment Daily has learned. MEPs and
the council of ministers are to confer soon on the chances of reaching
first-reading agreement on the fourth air quality daughter directive
before the European parliament dissolves in May for elections.

EU sources say a majority of member states now favour setting targets
for reducing arsenic, cadmium and nickel pollution from industrial
installations, to be met on the crucial condition that the abatement
effort does not create excessive costs.

The plan is still a step up from the European Commission’s original
proposal, which junked the idea of limits entirely and instead set out
monitoring thresholds linked to the use of best available techniques
under the IPPC directive. The Commission did however retain a target for
a fourth pollutant, PAHs (ED 07/07/03).

MEPs were due to debate the directive in Strasbourg late on Tuesday but
a vote has been postponed to allow the possibility of a deal with the
council first. Rapporteur Hans Kronberger, of the Austrian Freedom
Party, will sound out the willingness for compromise among colleagues of
different political hues on Wednesday.

Mr Kronberger had earlier persuaded the environment committee to back
fully binding limit values for the three metals, a much stronger
position that would almost certainly have triggered conciliation talks
with the council (ED 21/01/04).

But it did so only narrowly and it was not certain that the stance would
be backed by the full assembly. This may have increased the rapporteur’s
appetite for compromise. “We thought maybe it was better to get a good
agreement early rather than have this delayed by two years,” an aide to
Mr Kronberger told Environment Daily on Tuesday.

If the idea of qualified targets does come to pass, it is likely to
leave installation owners dissatisfied. “It might create a burden
similar to binding limit values depending on how member states implement
it,” an industry source told Environment Daily today. At least Austria,
Germany and Denmark are thought to favour binding limit values and may
apply this philosophy when transposing the directive, firms fear.
ENDS, March 9, 2004

Center of Philanthropy
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The seminar will be held in the framework of the series of seminars on
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ž Solution of the base issue of the civil society in the post communist
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ž Juridical aspects of the fundraising
ž Psychological and communication issues of the fundraising
ž Management and monitoring of the fundraising
ž Ethic and meaning of ethical conduct of the fundraising

Working language of the workshop Russian and English (With translation).

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Early registration deadline before April 1, 2004 discount 10% of the
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Misery is Environment’s Bitter Enemy

A1 Plus | 18:43:28 | 12-03-2004 | Social |


Armenian Environment Minister Vardan Aivazyan is convinced the main cause of
many environmental problems is that the republic population lives in

The other day, walking along the park he found almost all trees cut there.
As it became clear later, the trees were cut by nearby houses tenants for
heating their homes, the minister said.

Russian emb. in Georgia denies Moscow sending extra troops to Ajaria

Russian embassy in Georgia denies Moscow sending extra troops to Ajaria

RIA news agency, Moscow
12 Mar 04


The Russian embassy to Georgia has denied Georgian media reports that
an additional contingent of Russian servicemen is being sent to Ajaria
(one of Georgia’s autonomous republics).

“This is a routine rotation which the Georgian leadership, Foreign
Ministry and Defence Ministry were informed of in advance,” the
embassy’s press service told Novosti-Gruziya agency [the Georgian
service of RIA news agency].

A routine replacement of servicemen at the 12th Russian military base
in Ajaria is taking place at the moment, the embassy explained.

According to the diplomatic mission, 78 servicemen from the base at
Gyumri (in Armenia) arrived at the base on 12 March, and another 44
servicemen will arrive there over the next few days. An equivalent
number of servicemen are to leave the base during the
rotation. Altogether 188 servicemen will be replaced during the
rotation, the embassy added.

“All the servicemen arriving at the 12th Russian base in Ajaria have
Georgian visas, the lists with their names have been submitted to the
appropriate Georgian authorities,” the press service stressed.

The embassy recalled that this is not the first time such reports have
appeared in the Georgian media of late. “The embassy asks all
journalists to be precise in their reporting. We are willing to answer
any questions,” was the assurance from the press service.
From: Baghdasarian

Armenian deputy foreign minister, US official discuss Karabakh settl

Armenian deputy foreign minister, US official discuss Karabakh settlement

Mediamax news agency
12 Mar 04


Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Ruben Shugaryan and the director of
the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs [part of the Bureau
of European and Eurasian Affairs] of the US Department of State, John
Fox, discussed the settlement of the Nagornyy Karabakh problem in
Yerevan today.

The press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry told Mediamax news
agency today that Shugaryan and Fox also exchanged opinions on the
situation in the South Caucasus and discussed Armenian-American
From: Baghdasarian