Armenian deputy speaker says room remains for dialogue with Opp.

Armenian deputy speaker says room remains for dialogue with opposition

Mediamax news agency
13 Apr 04


Armenian Deputy Speaker Vahan Ovanesyan said today that there is still
room for dialogue with opposition leaders.

According to Mediamax news agency, Ovanesyan told journalists today
that yesterday’s events, particularly the dispersal of the opposition
rally in central Yerevan, were the consequence of the fact that “the
opposition has overestimated its own capabilities and made maximalist

Ovanesyan recalled that representatives of the ruling coalition,
particularly the [Armenian Revolutionary Federation] Dashnaktsutyun,
had recently kept suggesting to the opposition that they begin

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Putin confident in continuing stability in Armenia

Putin confident in continuing stability in Armenia

Apr 14 2004 10:11PM

MOSCOW. April 14 (Interfax) – President Vladimir Putin and Armenian
President Robert Kocharian discussed pressing issues in bilateral
relations during a Wednesday telephone conversation, the Kremlin press
service reported.

At Putin?s request Kocharian shared his opinion of the recent
developments in Yerevan that caused in an upsurge in domestic tension.

Putin expressed confidence that the leadership of friendly Armenia
would use the existing potential of democratic reforms to maintain
stability, law and order.

The two presidents also discussed further Russian-American contacts at
various levels, including the very highest.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Armenian footballer stabbed and robbed in Yerevan

Armenian footballer stabbed and robbed in Yerevan

April 14, 2004

Carl Lombe, who plays for Yerevan side Pyunik, was stabbed and robbed
on Wednesday, local media reported.

Lombe, of Cameroonian origin, who has also played for Armenia’s
national squad, was seriously wounded, when two unidentificated men
stabbed him several times in the chest and belly.

Yerevan police started an investigation of the attack, saying that
Lombe has likely became a victim of an armed robbery.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Azerbaijan vows to take back disputed enclave from Armenia

Azerbaijan vows to take back disputed enclave from Armenia

ANKARA, April 14

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday vowed that his
country would never give up its struggle to recapture the disputed
enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh which has been under Armenian control for
a decade.

“Nagorno-Karabakh is Azeri territory. It has always been Azeri
territory and will always be so. Azerbaijan will liberate its own
territory whatever the price,” Aliyev said in an address to the
Turkish parliament.

Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia went to war in the early 1990s
when Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, seceded from
Azerbaijan at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse, and the two
Soviet Caucasian republics became independent.

The war claimed more than 20,000 lives and made refugees of nearly a
million people.

After a ceasefire in 1994, Nagorno-Karabakh came under de facto
Armenian control.

“The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute should be resolved to make the region
more stable,” Aliyev added.

The Azeri president and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer on
Tuesday had spoken out in favour of settling the dispute in a
step-by-step approach, but gave no details.

Earlier, Aliyev had said in a newspaper interview that his country was
ready to mend fences with Armenia if it returned part of the territory
it had seized during the war.

The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute is keenly watched by Turkey, which in
1993 closed its border with Armenia in a show of solidarity with its
neighbour and ally Azerbaijan, with whom it shares close ethnic and
linguistic bonds.

Turkey also has its own row with Armenia over Yerevan’s claims that
the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians during World
War I — an allegation Ankara categorially rejects.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

ASBAREZ Online [04-14-2004]


1) US Addresses Political Unrest in Armenia
2) Situation Remains Stable after Opposition Rally Dispersion
3) Human Rights Ombudsman Says Method of Force Unwarranted
4) Opposition Must Scrutinize Government Performance Says Kocharian
5) Azeri Leader Urges Turkey to Stand Firm on Armenia
6) US Interested in Strong Armenian Army Says DM
7) US Prepares to Capture Rebel Iraqi Cleric

1) US Addresses Political Unrest in Armenia

WASHINGTON–The United States expressed concern about the “sharp
escalation” of
tensions in Armenia between the government and the opposition, through the
following April 13 statement by US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher,
made public on Wednesday:
“The United States is concerned about the current political situation in
Armenia, particularly the sharp escalation in confrontation between the
government and the opposition. We call on both sides to enter into a dialogue
that will lessen tension and focus the political process on the challenges of
continued political and economic reform. Physical assaults, raids on political
party offices, and widespread arrests and detentions of opposition
activists by
the police do not contribute to creating an atmosphere conducive to political
dialogue. We call on all sides to respect the role of peaceful assembly and to
take all steps to prevent violence.”

2) Situation Remains Stable after Opposition Rally Dispersion

PRAGUE (RFE/RL)–The situation remained calm in Yerevan yesterday, 24 hours
after police forcibly dispersed an opposition rally in the center of the
Authorities released three opposition lawmakers detained for their
participation in antigovernment protests.
Shavarsh Kocharian of the Justice (Artarutyun) alliance and Aleksan
of the National Unity Party had been detained during the previous morning’s
unrest, which followed four days of rallies. Another Justice lawmaker, Arshak
Sadoyan, had been taken to a police station a few hours later.
It is not clear whether they will face any sanctions.
Also unclear is the fate of former Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutiunian
former Deputy Health Minister Artak Zeynalian. Both men were taken into police
custody in connection with the unrest and have not reappeared since.
RFE/RL’s Armenian Service correspondent Karine Kalantarian reports that
confirm four opposition activists are under arrest and that another 19 are
being questioned.
Armenian authorities yesterday vowed to get tough on rallies staged without
official permission, saying all unauthorized meetings are banned throughout

3) Human Rights Ombudsman Says Method of Force Unwarranted

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenia’s human rights ombudsman Larisa Alaverdian said that
the actions of the opposition demonstrators on April 13, did not warrant the
steps taken by law enforcement officials to quell the rally. “Recent decisions
of the court and steps taken by the police do not always correspond–in the
first case, to what the people were accused of, and in the second, the
situation at the moment.”
Pointing to the laws in effect in the Republic, she said that there is no
classification of gatherings that are permitted or prohibited; thus,
at any given meeting is the right of Armenian citizens.
“It was possible to utilize other methods in reprimanding the criminal
announcements and expressions that were made,” said Alaverdian, adding that
those who did use unwarranted force on journalists and citizens will be
and held accountable for their actions.

4) Opposition Must Scrutinize Government Performance Says Kocharian

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian pointed to dialogue as the
best method to resolve conflict between opposing political forces, and
denounced the opposition for presenting ultimatums.
Meeting on Wednesday with members of the United Communist Party ruling board,
the president disclosed that the ruling government coalition, in a bid to ease
the mounting opposition standoff through a dialogue, held a series of meeting
with opposition leaders during the past few months.
He said that the extremism of certain segments of the opposition which have
rejected dialogue, has instead, created the existing political tension. He
defended the security forces for attempting to restore law and order.
Kocharian said that the opposition’s ultimate goal should be the same as the
government’s–to improve living standards. The main functions of the
opposition, he noted, should be to keep the government’s performance under
continuous scrutiny, so as to prevent deviation.
“Today the opposition is fully able to operate normally, but if it decides to
take another course, the authorities possess enough resources, set by the law,
to protect citizens and stave off displays of illegality and extremism,” said
Kocharian, noting that recent developments have not affected the country’s
economy, financial markets, or investment environment.

5) Azeri Leader Urges Turkey to Stand Firm on Armenia

ANKARA (Reuters)–Azerbaijan expects Turkey to keep its border with Armenia
closed for as long as the dispute over the Karabagh region remains unresolved,
the Azeri leader said in an interview published on Tuesday.
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev began a state visit to Turkey, an old ally, on
Tuesday. His trip coincides with pressure on Ankara from some officials in the
United States and the European Union to lift its trade blockade of tiny,
landlocked Armenia.
Turkey has no diplomatic relations with Armenia because the Christian former
Soviet republic occupies Karabagh, a territory populated by ethnic Armenians
but assigned to Turkic-speaking, mainly-Muslim Azerbaijan in Soviet times.
“Some big powers may try to achieve their interests by putting pressure (on
Turkey over opening its border),” Aliyev told the Turkish daily Zaman. “Turkey
is a big country. We believe it will not give in to this pressure.”
About 35,000 people died in six years of fighting over Karabagh which
ended in
a 1994 ceasefire. A decade of diplomatic efforts by the United States, France,
and Russia to end the deadlock has so far failed.
Turkey hopes to open talks on joining the EU soon.
There had been speculation of a thaw in Azeri-Armenian ties after the death
last December of Aliyev’s father, Heydar Aliyev, who had dominated Azeri
politics for three decades.
But Ilham Aliyev, elected president last October, signaled there would be no
change in his Karabagh policy.


“We want the occupying Armenians to give back our lands unconditionally. Then
we can negotiate on the status of Karabagh,” Aliyev told Zaman.
He added Azerbaijan would never accept Armenian demands for Karabagh’s union
with Armenia or for independence from Baku.
Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, welcoming Aliyev to Ankara, said Turkey
backed a swift resolution of the Karabagh conflict.
“We are ready to make every effort possible to help our Azeri brothers…
towards solving the Karabagh problem through peaceful means, in line with the
principles of international law,” the state Anatolian news agency quoted Sezer
as saying.
As well as international pressure, Ankara has faced lobbying from Turkish
business interests keen to trade freely with Armenia. But Turkish diplomats
Ankara will not act without the agreement of Azerbaijan.
Apart from close linguistic and cultural ties, Turkey and Azerbaijan will be
linked in the near future by an oil pipeline pumping crude from the Caspian
to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.
The 1,760-km (1,100-mile) Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, built by an international
consortium and strongly backed by the United States, is worth around $3
“More than half of the oil pipeline has now been completed,” Aliyev told
adding work was also progressing well on a natural gas pipeline from the
Caspian to Turkey and Greece.

6) US Interested in Strong Armenian Army Says DM

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s Defense Minister Serge Sarkisian, announced
that $7 million in US military assistance would be provided to Armenia in the
coming months, and that US-Armenian military cooperation is on its way to
Speaking at the joint press conference with US Ambassador to Armenia John
Ordway, Sarkisian said he is confident that the US is interested in a strong
and effective Armenian army to help in guarantee regional region and, if
necessary, participate in overseas peacekeeping efforts.
Ordway said that present military cooperation is at a “perfect level,” and
suggested it would deepen and expand from year to year. Ordway explained that
cooperation has specifically progressed during the last three years as a
of joint programs.
Ordway and Sarkisian were in the northern town of Talin for an opening
ceremony of a local hospital that was repaired by way of US Department of
Defense humanitarian assistance program.
Ordway explained that future US assistance would focus on providing
communication means, implementing educational programs, and raising of the
level of Armenia’s peacekeeping forces and mine-clearing centers. He also
of joint military exercises.

7) US Prepares to Capture Rebel Iraqi Cleric

NEAR NAJAF (Reuters)–US forces have tightened their grip around one of Iraq’s
holiest cities as the rebel Shi’ite cleric they have vowed to kill or capture
offered peace terms to spare Najaf a bloodbath.
An envoy appointed by Moqtada al-Sadr said the wanted cleric had asked him to
convey peace proposals to the Americans.
Russia said it would airlift out more than 800 of its nationals and citizens
of ex-Soviet states to escape a hostage free-for-all and worsening violence
sweeping Iraq.
The 2,500-strong 3rd Brigade Task Force, along with Spanish and Polish
set up what US officers called an exclusion zone around Najaf and sent out
reconnaissance patrols from Forward Operating Base Duke, 20 km (13 miles) west
of the city.
President George W. Bush vowed to stay the course and said a June 30 handover
to Iraqi sovereignty would go ahead.
“Sayyed Moqtada made positive proposals to end the crisis. I cannot disclose
the details. He realizes that an armed confrontation is not in anybody’s
interest,” Sadr’s envoy, Abdelkarim al-Anzi, now in Baghdad, told Reuters by
Anzi said he had met Sadr in Najaf on Tuesday.
The US military has branded Sadr an outlaw and pledged to kill or seize the
cleric. Sadr had been staying near the Imam Ali shrine, which is sacred to the
world’s Shi’ite Muslims, but an aide said he had now moved to his father’s
house in eastern Najaf.
Iran said the United States, its arch-foe, had sought its help in calming the
Iraq violence. “Naturally, there are demands by Americans…that we help to
resolve the crisis in Iraq. And we are acting,” Foreign Minister Kamal
As tension mounted in Najaf, Iraqi mediators said they had extended a shaky
truce in the embattled Sunni town of Falluja for 48 hours from 9 a.m. on


But violence flared in Baghdad, where US soldiers fired on looters raiding a
military truck on the airport road. A Reuters photographer said he saw several
Iraqis lying motionless and bleeding after the shooting.
Four people were killed and six wounded in the northern city of Mosul when a
Katyusha rocket, aimed at a police station, hit a civilian area, police and
hospital officials said.
Tension was also running high in Najaf’s sister city, Kerbala, where
said streets were empty amid fears of clashes between Sadr’s militia and
Bulgaria said its troops in the shrine city had come under fire during the
night, but took no casualties.
Bush said his generals, who have asked for two more brigades–about 10,000
troops–to be sent to Iraq, would get them.
At a rare White House news conference, Bush called on Sadr to disband his
militia. The cleric launched an uprising this month after US-led authorities
closed his newspaper, said he was wanted for murder and detained his top aide.
The revolt came as insurgents from the smaller Sunni Muslim community, to
which Saddam Hussein belongs, responded to a military crackdown in central
by taking on US Marines in street battles.
Hundreds of Iraqis have been killed in April, also the deadliest month for
US military since Saddam’s fall a year ago, with 83 American troops killed in
two weeks of combat.
The violence has spurred insurgents to kidnap more than 40 foreigners in
though many have been released.
A French photographer was the latest to join four Italian private security
guards, three Japanese civilians, three Czech journalists, two Arab aid
and a US contractor on the list of reported hostages.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said seven flights from Kuwait and Baghdad
take 553 Russians and 263 nationals of former Soviet states out of Iraq later
this week, despite the safe release of three Russian and five Ukrainian
hostages on Tuesday.


US Marines fought Sunni insurgents in Falluja overnight and witnesses said
four civilians and two fighters were killed, but negotiators extended a truce
for 48 hours.
The US military took no direct part in Tuesday’s truce talks. Ahmed
Hardan, of
the Iraqi Islamic Party, represented on Iraq’s US-appointed Governing Council,
said Iraqi police were to return to duty in Falluja within 48 hours and US
forces would withdraw. Hospitals would be re-supplied and displaced civilians
would return.
Abdul Salam al-Kubaysi, spokesman for the Muslim Clerics Association,
negotiating on behalf of Falluja, said only local police would be allowed in
the city, not the “traitors and collaborators” of the US-trained Iraqi Civil
Defense Corps.
He said police could be backed up by creating a security force drawn from
local tribes–apparently a reference to the gunmen who have been battling the
No US comment was available and it was not clear if the military had
dropped a
demand for the surrender of those behind the gruesome murders of four
in Falluja on March 31.
Pledging to keep US troops in Iraq as long as necessary, Bush said the latest
violence was a “power grab” by ruthless extremists, not a civil war or popular
About 130,000 US troops spearhead the 145,000-strong coalition in Iraq, but
some US allies are growing nervous.
The Philippines said on Wednesday it was considering pulling its troops and
aid workers out of Iraq. Despite public disquiet at home, Japan and Italy have
rejected demands by kidnappers of their nationals that they withdraw their

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Ex-Minister Is Still in Jail

A1 Plus | 21:15:53 | 14-04-2004 | Politics |


Under Police data, 115 people were taken to Police departments after April
12 events. 71 of them were examined, warned and released, 7 in detention, 12
fined. 19 are now being examined, 4 are arrested, including the members of
“Republic” Party political board, Lieutenant General Vagharshak Harutyunyan,
Ex Defense Minister and Colonel Gegham Harutyunyan, Ex Deputy Minister. {BR}

This afternoon People’s Party press secretary Ruzan Khachatryan and
“Republic” Party political board member Artak Zeynalyan were released.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

BAKU: Turkish, Azeri presidents sign declaration on Karabakh

Turkish, Azeri presidents sign declaration on Karabakh

Turan news agency, Baku
13 Apr 04

Ankara, 13 April: A meeting of the Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents
was held in Ankara today as part of Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev’s official visit to Turkey. After the presidents’ 30-minute
meeting in private, the talks continued at the level of delegations.

In his statement for the press, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
said Ankara attached special importance to relations with Baku and
intended to maintain the relations on this level. Touching on the
Karabakh theme, Sezer said that Turkey believes that the conflict must
be resolved peacefully in accordance with the principles of
Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and international law.

Ankara will do everything in its power to turn the South Caucasus
region into an area of peace and cooperation, Sezer said.

Ilham Aliyev, in turn, said Azerbaijan had always felt Turkey’s
support and help and appreciated them. In his view, there are reasons
to make these strategic partnership relations even deeper and

After the meeting, a joint declaration was signed reflecting the
thesis that the Karabakh conflict must be resolved in line with the
principle of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

The declaration also says that Turkey and Azerbaijan intend to develop
their cooperation in the political and economic areas, especially in
the energy sector.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Armenian Police Break Up Rally Calling for Kocharyan to Resign

Armenian Police Break Up Rally Calling for Kocharyan to Resign

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004.
Moscow Times

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenian police broke up an opposition rally early
Tuesday in the center of Yerevan called to demand the resignation of
President Robert Kocharyan.

“Overnight, police were forced to dissolve the protest action. Arrests
were made and several people were injured,” police spokesman Sayat
Shirimyan said, without giving details.

Police accused protesters of throwing stones and gasoline bombs. The
opposition, which accuses Kocharyan of rigging his re-election last
year, denied the allegation.

“It’s an absolute lie,” opposition leader Stepan Demirchyan, who
placed second to Kocharyan in last year’s election, told reporters
Tuesday. “People were peaceful, singing, dancing and waiting for
Kocharyan’s resignation.”

Opposition newspaper Aravot said police used tear gas and water
cannons to break up the demonstration, the latest in a series of
protests since last week.

The rallies are the biggest in Armenia since the presidential

After breaking up the rally Tuesday, police raided the offices of
Armenia’s opposition and detained a number of activists, opposition
officials said.

“After the police broke up the rally, many of the participants took
refuge in the party office,” said Iveta Sarksyan, an official of
Demirchyan’s Justice Party. “Police forced their way in and took away
the protesters. They later broke the doors to the party press
office. Now they’re all in the police station.”

Police also broke down the door of the office of a second opposition
party, National Unity, and blocked access to a third, the Republic

Several thousand protesters on Monday had intended marching down
Bagramyan Prospekt, the capital’s main street, toward the presidential
office. Police blocked them, and several hundred people stayed on to
continue their action overnight.

Kocharyan has accused his political rivals of attempting to repeat
last year’s revolution in neighboring Georgia.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Government Forcibly Breaks Up Opposition Protest


April 13, 2004

Police in Armenia used stun grenades and water cannon to disperse an
opposition protest during the early hours of April 13 in Yerevan. In
addition, authorities closed the offices of two leading opposition
political parties involved in organizing the demonstration, which
President Robert Kocharian said threatened the country’s
“constitutional order.”

Officials did not immediately disclose information concerning the
number of people hurt during the police crackdown. They also released
few details about the number of opposition political activists taken
into custody. Armenian media reports indicated that dozens of people
were severely beaten by truncheon-wielding police, who descended on
about 2,000 opposition supporters camping out on Yerevan’s main road,
Marshal Baghramian Avenue, not far from theArmenian parliament
building. According to one unofficial estimate, 30 people required
hospitalization. One individual was reportedly in serious condition,
while 14 were supposedly treated and released from area hospitals.

The assault began at about 2 am, with columns of police clad in riot
gear moving against demonstrators from at least two directions, in
what observers said was a maneuver designed to trap the
protesters. Eyewitnesses reported that authorities indiscriminately
beat protesters. Many journalists, in particular photographers and
television camera operators, became embroiled in the melee. The
Aykakan Zhamanak newspaper, for example, reported that two of its
correspondents were “badly beaten.”

Authorities insisted that protesters had provoked police. Interior
Minister Sayat Shirinian alleged that the demonstrators had ignored
warnings to disperse peacefully, and later started to move
“menacingly” towards law-enforcement officers, state television
reported. Kocharian justified the police action as necessary to combat
“political extremism.”

One of the protest organizers, Stepan Demirchian, head of the Justice
bloc and a bitter political foe of Kocharian’s, said the police action
constituted a “crime” designed to “terrorize the population.” Artashes
Geghamian — leader of the National Unity Party, and another main
protest organizer – characterized the police action on April 13 as a
“barbaric act,” the Arminfo news agency reported. Geghamian along with
several other prominent opposition figures went into hiding.

Authorities on April 13 shuttered the offices of the National Unity
Party and the Republic Party, both of them vocal critics of
Kocharian’s administration. The offices were ransacked, according to
media reports. Three opposition MPs — Shavarsh Kocharian, Aleksan
Karapetian and Arshak Sadoian, were taken into custody. According to
some reports, Kocharian (no relation to the president) was later

Foreign governments refrained from making any immediate comment on the
violence. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer is scheduled to
arrive inYerevan next week, and German embassy official gave no
indication that the trip might be postponed. The Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe sought to stake out neutral ground,
indicating that both sides had engaged in action in recent days that
contributed to the violence.

The April 13 police action was the culmination of four days of
opposition protests organized with the specific aim of forcing
Kocharian’s resignation. [For additional information see the Eurasia
Insight archive]. Demirchian, Geghamian and other opposition say
Kocharian’s administration is illegitimate, alleging that he rigged
2003 presidential and parliamentary elections. [For background see the
Eurasia Insight archive].

On April 12, a protest march involving between 10,000-15,000
opposition supporters marched through central Yerevan in a largely
peaceful manner. Security forces ultimately blocked the protesters
from approaching Kocharianâ=80=99s executive offices, located on
Marshal Baghramian Avenue, and roughly 2,000 protestors decided to
camp out in central Yerevan overnight. That set the stage for the
pre-dawn violence.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

ANKARA: Armenian Opposition Want “Velvet Revolution” too

Armenian Opposition Want “Velvet Revolution” too

04.13.2004 Tuesday

Opponents of Armenian President Robert Kocharyan hope to emulate their
Georgian neighbors by spawning a ‘velvet revolution’ of their
own. Protestors camped outside the presidential palace in Yerevan on
Monday, calling for the resignation of Kocharyan.

The Justice Bloc and the National United Party protesters maintain
that the current ruling power came to office via illegal means;
therefore, they argue, a vote of confidence in a referendum is

Aram Sargisyan, one of the opposition leaders, stood in front of
barriers placed outside the presidential palace and addressed a crowd
of over 20,000 people. “They could step over these barriers; however,
they will not do it because they do not want blood to be spilt.”

Sargisyan added that all roads to the Palace were under opposition
control and that there was nowhere for Kocharyan to go. “The process
has already started and we will not step back. We will wait until they

Moreover, Savarsh Kocharyan, one of the opposition parliamentarians,
defended that tens of thousands of people would participate in the

Viktor Dalakyan, an official of the Justice Bloc and leader of the
protests, claimed that the demonstrations would “end the
administration of the Karabakh group.”

The opposition is calling on its powerful partners the Republican
Party, Orinats Yerkir and Dasnaksutyan to join in the
demonstrations. The coalition parties refrained form participating in
the parliamentary session on Monday, so as not to add to the political

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office claims “the separatist
representatives of the opposition are preparing for terrorist action.”

The Russian press writes, “A change in leadership, with U.S. support,
might take place in Armenia in the next few days.”

Some newspapers report that people from rural areas are showing their
solidarity with masses in the streets of Yerevan.

Political observers, likening what is happening in Armenia to last
autumn’s ‘velvet revolution’ in Georgia, indicate that the “Soros Open
Society Fund”is among the largest supporters of the opposition.

04.13.2004 aa, Cihan News Agency Tbilisi, Moscow

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress