BAKU: Azeri MP rejects USA “world domination” policy

Azeri MP rejects USA “world domination” policy

Ekspress, Baku
4 Apr 04

If hostilities were to resume between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the USA
would impose sanctions on both countries, Director of Plans and
Policy, Headquarters US European Command Jeffrey Kohler said during
his latest visit to Yerevan.

He said that the USA had not changed its position on the Nagornyy
Karabakh conflict and that the problem should be resolved
peacefully. We wonder what kind of sanctions can be imposed on a
country which wants to liberate its occupied territories?

[Passage omitted: the USA, Europe imposed sanctions on Azerbaijan,
Armenia previously]

Expert in conflict studies Elxan Mehdiyev believes that even if a war
starts, there will be no serious sanctions. The USA might cease
military cooperation with the sides, which is not important at all:
“Because neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia can afford to buy weapons from
the United States, they are far too expensive. These countries buy
weapons only from Russia and other CIS countries.”

Rauf Qurbanov, a member of the Milli Maclis [parliament] standing
commission for defence and security, assessed the USA’s military
policy as world domination. “The USA has a huge appetite and even
independent countries have to consult it when solving their domestic
problems.” Qurbanov said that “when it comes to large-scale military
operations”, the statement from the Pentagon official did not come as
a surprise. He said that this was the policy the USA follows all over
the world. The MP said that this was happening in Iraq and Korea,
adding that the collapse of the Soviet Union had enabled the USA to
carry out a unipolar policy.

“The USA should not meddle in the internal affairs of independent
countries. International structures like the UN and the OSCE Minsk
Group are currently dealing with the Karabakh problem. However, this
does not mean that a country whose territorial integrity has been
infringed cannot take independent decisions,” Qurbanov said. He
believes that Azerbaijan retains this right and at any time it can
declare war on Armenia in order to restore its territorial integrity
in line with appropriate UN regulations.

Strange Love: The US and Azerbaijan

Russia, Saint-Petersburg
Date: 2004.04.02 11:23

Strange Love: The US and Azerbaijan

The main topics of discussion during US Deputy Secretary of State Richard
Armitage’s visit to Baku revolved around energy projects, the situation
surrounding Iran, and the transfer of American troops to Azerbaijan. As to
the last, the talk concerned American military bases on Azerbaijani soil,
though the command on both sides prefer to call them, vaguely, ‘mobile

The militaries reach agreement It is unlikely that anyone doubts that the
visit of Defense Minister Safar Abiev to the United States and the visit to
Azerbaijan of ‘the principal lobbyist for the ruling Azerbaijani clan’ (as
many characterize Armitage) were closely linked. It is not at all
coincidental that Armitage arrived in Baku on the same day that Abiev’s
visit to the United States ended. According to the press service of the
Azerbaijani defense ministry, during his visit Safar Abiev had meetings in
the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, Congress, the Central
Command of the US Army, the National Guard command, the UN, as well as at
the Military Foreign Language Institute. A meeting devoted to analyzing the
possibilities for strategic cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO was also

On the eve of Armitage’s trip to Azerbaijan, a group of American generals
visited the country to decide the question of placement in the country of
‘mobile groups,’ while in Washington the terms of an American military
presence in Azerbaijan were being decided. It was left to Richard Armitage
to put the finishing touches to the new official relations between
Azerbaijan and the United States. Thus, the US has entered into a long-term
strategic relationship with a new partner in the antiterrorism coalition. In
the opinion of analysts, this was made possible by the existing social and
political situation in Azerbaijan.

Guarantees above all Immediately following the presidential elections in
Azerbaijan in October 2003, many American media directly accused the Bush
administration of supporting a semi-monarchical regime. Pretty much at every
session, Democratic congressmen rubbed it into Republican heads that the
leader of the Azerbaijani government was the son of a champion of
authoritarianism and a former KGB general. They said that after North Korea,
Congo and Syria, the ‘virus of succession’ had to be ‘frozen.’ However, as
the result of Bush’s efforts that disease had surfaced in a completely
unexpected place – on post-Soviet territory. And today, the successes of
Ilham Aliev, with the hand of the White House behind them, are being closely
followed by the presidents of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and
Kyrgyzstan. Indeed, they are doing so not alone but in tandem with their
ambitious offspring.

Thus, President Bush, together with the Aliev family’s best friend, Richard
Armitage, bring out the bank scales and ask – who but the ruling family is
able to guarantee the security of the USD 12 billion invested in
Azerbaijan’s Caspian region by American citizens? And, indeed, this trump
card can’t be hidden from anyone in the US, as the idea of making money and
the guarantee of the security of their capital investments is a local id?e

In the opinion of the editor-in-chief of the disgraced Azerbaijani journal
Monitor, Elmar Guseinov, this is a good card, and one which conceals the
personal interests of the president himself, as well as all the zealous
officials at the US State Department. And Mr. Guseinov has every reason to
make such a claim.

It should be remembered that the late Geidar Aliev in the summer of 2000,
four months before the US presidential elections, visited the United States
at the personal invitation of George Bush-senior at his ranch. They fished,
rode around in cars, in speedboats. Following this visit, the choice of
partners for the development of Azerbaijan’s oil fields underwent a slight
revision. Practically all operations – from geological exploration to the
creation of an infrastructure – were given over to American companies that
in one way or another were associated with the Bush family. And then the
elections came, and it turned out that the patriarch of Azerbaijani politics
had put his money ‘on the right horse.’

And here is what the head of the Azerbaijani party Umid (Hope) Igbal
Agazade, currently in jail under suspicion of organizing mass unrest
immediately following the October 15, 2003, elections, had to say about
Richard Armitage: ‘Two years of co-chairmanship in the American-Azerbaijani
Chamber of Trade and Industry were not wasted. He has here an enormous
financial network, which can be of great benefit after he leaves government

In other words, it is not impossible that Armitage is simply preparing an
’emergency landing field’ in case of an election defeat of the incumbent US
administration in November by Democrats, and his inevitable retirement
should that occur.

On the utility of the opposition The arrival of Armitage will also be
remembered for the ‘angry reaction’ of the Azerbaijani opposition to the
visit. However, local analysts generally consider the complaints of the
opposition unwarranted. For the entire duration of the Bush administration,
not to mention during the ‘golden’ period of Bill Clinton’s rule, the
opposition received fairly large amounts of money for organizational
purposes, the rallying of members, constructive initiatives, and so on. And
where did it spend it? On cars, security, the rolls and relatives.

Every leader of the four main opposition parties (NFA, Musavat, PNNA and the
Democratic Party) liked to imagine himself as a shadow president. Meanwhile,
immediately following the presidential elections in Azerbaijan, the
brother-in-law of the main contender, Ilham Aliev, won a tender for the
creation of several industrial facilities in Afghanistan. It is probably
pointless to speak of who disbursed the money and for what.

If in the time of Gaidar Aliev the opposition walked around Baku with flags,
demonstrating its strength and the numbers of its followers, then
immediately following October 15 it became clear that its muscles were
swollen by the presidential administration itself. In contrast to Gaidar
Aliev, his son wants quiet. During his visit, Armitage met with the main
figures of the Azerbaijani opposition, in the opinion of observers in order
to stimulate at least some semblance of opposition activity. Or else to
outsiders it might seem as if 100% of the Azerbaijani electorate had voted
for Ilham Aliev.

Analysts likewise contend that during his visit, Armitage explained to
President Aliev the advantages of allowing the electorate to let off steam.
Let them march around with flags, shout, write letters to international
organizations. Only the governing regime will benefit.

Reviving GUUAM One of the main themes of the discussions was the future of
the organization with the awkward-sounding name GUUAM, which comprises
Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldava. At first, the main
preoccupation of GUUAM was the question of security, and the main meetings
within its framework occurred between ministers of defense.

Practically every member of GUUAM has problems with the presence of Russian
forces — Georgia would like to see Russian bases quit the country; Moldava
has a long-standing conflict in Pridnestrovie, where elements of the 14th
Russian Army remain; Azerbaijan has a long-term conflict with Nagornyi
Kharabakh and with Armenia, which is supported, and will continue to be
supported by Russia, and Ukraine has an unresolved conflict with Russia over
the Black Sea fleet.

That is why the idea of jointly opposing Russia’s military and political
ambitions with the help of GUUAM appears to the leaders of its member
post-Soviet states to be so attractive, and even more so as it is supported
by the United States, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe. For example, here is what the United States State Department
coordinator for aid to Europe and Eurasia, William Taylor, had to say on the
subject: ‘GUUAM has enormous potential, inasmuch as that organization unites
the important countries of the region. The initiation of important projects
must come from those same member-countries that form the membership of the
organization. For its part, the United States is prepared to offer its
support, including financial support of concrete projects, within the
framework of GUUAM. The United States is prepared to support, in particular,
projects for the creation of borders and customs controls within the
framework of GUUAM. In addition, our country is likewise interested in
receiving observer status in GUUAM. As concerns the possibility of American
support for the oil pipeline system within GUUAM, we would like to see
several pipelines alongside the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline in this region. In
connection with this, the idea of establishing a pipeline corridor within
GUUAM is especially important for us.’

In this way, the theme of GUUAM is especially ticklish for Russia. What will
the reaction to it be among Russian politicians and businessmen? Let us
address the one and the other. The Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Victor
Chernomyrdin, like practically all Russian representatives, in contrast to
the serious Americans, waves aside this problem as he would a fly: ‘I
consider that this organization is at the moment in its preliminary stages,
and that no concrete projects have as yet been proposed as a part of GUUAM.
In fact, if GUUAM proposed a project interesting to Russia, we will
absolutely participate. For example, we participate in energy projects
everywhere, and I do not think that a single serious energy project within
GUUAM can work without Russia’s participation in that organization. And
Russia has no intention of joining. I do not consider GUUAM within its free
trade zone to be a competitor to the East Asian Economic Union.

The Kuwait syndrome Another theme which represents an enormous interest for
Azerbaijani public opinion is Washington’s relationship with Teheran. After
all, Iran not only borders Azerbaijan, but more than 80% of the Azerbaijanis
in the world live there, with cultural demands that the government does not
take into account. For 200,000 Armenians there are schools in their mother
tongue, and the same goes for as many Jews. But for 30 million Azerbaijanis,
not one.

That is why in Baku they so attentively follow the steadily growing tensions
between their powerful neighbor and the superpower across the ocean. Still,
in any event they try to relate ‘with understanding’ to the positions of
both sides, remembering the ‘Kuwait syndrome’ (the Kuwaiti economy has not
yet reached the level it had reached before the invasion by Iraq in 1990).

As is well known, the Americans are not happy about the nuclear cooperation
between Teheran and Moscow, in particular the construction of the atomic
energy plant at Bushehr. In addition, the CIA regularly uncovers in Iran
members and even leaders of terrorist organizations freely walking the
streets. It is said that American agents have even uncovered the authors of
major terrorist acts.

In several leaks to the American media, it has been confirmed that a whole
range of figures in the American president’s entourage advocate practically
a government-organized coup in Iran. As they say, let’s see what happens.
One thing can be said for certain: it is far from a coincidence that
American analysts and politicians use the term ‘South Caucasus’ when
speaking of the region. It is by far a broader term than the Russian
understanding of the Caucasus. Hiugut Salmanov, Baku Translated by Alex

©2001-2002 Rosbalt News Agency

Kochinyan Denies Allegations

A1 Plus | 18:20:57 | 30-03-2004 | Regions |


Lori province’s political opposition blames governor Kochinyan for
blackmailing and intimidating people to hinder them from attending the
opposition-staged rallies.

The governor vigorously denied that accusing the opposition activists of
immorality and calling them charlatans.

He denied an allegation that he threatened people with dismissing them from
their jobs.

Talks on Iran-Armenia Gas Pipeline in Final Phase – Minister


Public Television of Armenia, Yerevan
29 Mar 04

(Presenter) Negotiations are nearing the end on the construction of an
Iran-Armenia gas pipeline which is of great importance to the Armenian
energy sphere. Its construction will start by the end of this
year. (Corespondent) In approximately two years, gas will be supplied
to Armenia via the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline. Armenian Energy Minister
Armen Movsisyan has announced that negotiations on the pipeline’s
construction have reached the final phase. General agreement has been
reached on the technical aspect of the project, as well as on the main
parameters of the pipeline construction and on the volume of supplies.

(Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, captioned) The Iranian
National Gas Company will construct the Iranian section in Iran, the
Armenian side will construct the section in Armenia.

(Correspondent) Iranian Oil Minister Bizhan Namdar-Zanganeh is
expected to visit Armenia at the end of April. Armen Movsisyan said
that an agreement on the construction of the gas pipeline would be
completed, which envisages 20 months for the construction of the gas
pipeline. The construction will start at the end of 2004 and will be
completed in 2006.

(Armen Movsisyan) There have been reports that the construction is
being delayed due to the stances of Russia, the USA and other
countries, which is groundless. There were no obstacles from any
country. Generally, mutually beneficial conditions were not agreed.

(Correspondent) The minister noted that the construction of the gas
pipeline would promote the development of our country’s economy and
boost investment in the energy sphere. A total of 100m dollars, a
little more than for the Iranian section, will be allocated for the
construction of the Armenian section of the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline.

Anna Vartanyan, Aylur.

US official says opening Turkey border w/Armenia would bring benefit

Associated Press Worldstream
March 26, 2004 Friday 1:48 PM Eastern Time

U.S. official says opening Turkey’s border with Armenia would bring

by AVET DEMOURIAN; Associated Press Writer

A top U.S. diplomat said in Armenia on Friday that if Turkey opened
its border with this ex-Soviet republic, the benefits would be swift
and plentiful – a view at odds with Azerbaijan’s warning this week
against such a move.

“It seems to me that the opening of the border between Armenia and
Turkey would benefit the peoples of both sides rather dramatically
and rather quickly,” said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage,
during a visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are at odds over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave,
which Armenian forces seized from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. A
1994 cease-fire has largely held, but no final settlement has been

Turkey, which is allied with Azerbaijan, has maintained a trade
embargo against neighboring Armenia, and has pledged not to lift it
until the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is settled. Azerbaijan views that
embargo as a key part of its negotiating leverage.

But in recent years Turkey and Armenia have expanded business
contacts, and settling the dispute would boost Turkey’s candidacy to
join the European Union.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev warned this week that opening the
border would make the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh impossible, and
he urged Turkey to resist what he called strong pressure.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage refused to comment
directly on Aliev’s statement.

He said that the United States has discussed the issue with Turkey.

“I think to be fair, our Turkish friends have had their hands full
recently with concerns about northern Iraq and the ongoing Cyprus
talks, but I hope as those concerns are ameliorated that they will be
able to turn their attention to the reopening of the border,”
Armitage said.

He also warned that the solution to Nagorno-Karabakh can’t “be
imposed from top-down, from the outside.”

The man and his cause

Azat Artsakh – Repubic of Nagorno Karabakh
March 22, 2004


One of the honourable representatives of the Armenian Apostolic
Church, reverend Parghev archbishop Martirossian became fifty of age.
It is not easy to write of a person who himself is living history, the
honest tribune of his nation and time. Reverend Parghev is a religious
figure, artist, soldier, tribune, a true man at the same time. Who has
once seen him, felt at once what a large soul and human sensitive
heart he has. Reverend Parghev Martirossian was born on March 20,
1954. His parents are from Chardakhlu. In 1966 his family moved to
Yerevan. He finished the physics and mathematics school N 132 and
entered the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. But an inner voice directed
him towards the spiritual and cultural creativity. He continued his
education at the Valery Brusov Institute of Foreign Languages and
graduated from the department of Russian philology in 1976. His final
paper on “The Master and Margarita of M. Bulgakov” was awarded t! he
gold medal, the first prize of the USSR. Then he worked as a teacher
in the village Yeghegnut, Armavir region of Armenia, served in the
Soviet army. In 1980 he entered the Gevorgian seminary of Edjmiatsin
and graduated with an excellent final paper on the “Echoes of
Zoroastrianism in Armenian Manuscripts in the 5th c. and the Struggle
Against It”. In 1985 he was ordained priest. In Sanct Petersbourg he
defended his thesis and received the degree of candidate of
science. By the order of Catholicos Vazghen A he worked at the
Gevorgian seminary as senior tutor. In 1988 he was ordained archbishop
and headed the Diocese of Artsakh. The activities of reverend Parghev
overlapped with the national awakening, the liberation movement, a new
Avarair, which had its new Ghevond Yerets in the face of reverend
Parghev. He did everything that Artsakh were Armenian and free, that
the bells rang and the light of the creative Armenian spirit was not
e! xtinguished. Due to him already the doors of 23 churches are o! pen
to people. His role is effective on the international arena, in the
solution of the problem of Artsakh and the connections between
Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian Diaspora. Since 1992 he has been
among the active encouragers and participants of all the marathons for
restoring the country Artsakh. Reverend Parghev was elected member of
the Supreme Religious Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church, member
of the International Academy of Social Sciences, since 1999 he has
been directing the Armenian “Round Table” of the World Religious
Council. Due to his efforts were founded the theological center
“Gandzassar”, the “Ekeghetsasirats” children’s union, the
24-hour radio channel “Vem”, the Center of Christian Education and
Preaching, the construction of the seminary of Gandzassar is being
carried out. Owing to his efforts and the decision of the Artsakh
authorities the subject The History of the! Armenian Church was
introduced to the schools of Artsakh.


Japan sends financial aid to promote stability of South Caucasus

Pravda, Russia
March 23 2004

Japan sends financial aid to promote stability of South Caucasus

The Armenian agriculture minister, David Lozhan, and an adviser to
the economic section of the Japanese embassy in Russia, Masataka
Esidzave, on Monday signed an agreement for the transfer to Armenia
of a Japanese grant worth USD 1.8 million.

As reported by a Rosbalt correspondent, the grant would be used to
buy fertilizer and agricultural equipment for Armenian farmers.
According to Masataka Esidzave, Japan considers the South Caucasus to
be an extremely important region, both politically and economically.

‘It is important to us that the South Caucasus be stable,’ he said,
noting that Japanese financial aid was intended specifically to
promote stability in the region. In 1997, Japan granted Armenia
financial assistance worth more than USD 19 million.

Karabakh Rejects Drug Claims

Institute for War and Peace Reporting
March 18 2004

Karabakh Rejects Drug Claims

Allegation made to the UN that Nagorny Karabakh is used as narcotics
route is angrily denied by the Armenians.

By Ashot Beglarian in Stepanakert (CRS No. 223, 18-Mar-04)

The Armenian authorities in Nagorny Karabakh have invited
international officials to come and monitor the territories they
control, after allegations from Azerbaijan that the region is a
transit corridor for the drugs trade.

The issue cropped up this week at a Vienna meeting of the United
Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. One item on the agenda proposed
that, `The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in coordination
with the appropriate organs of the United Nations system, Interpol
and other international organisations should be invited to study the
drugs situation in the territories outside the control of the
legitimate governments of the countries in the region (Afghanistan,
Iraq and the Nagorny Karabakh region of Azerbaijan).’

In response, Masis Mailian, deputy foreign minister of the
unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh told IWPR that his
government was happy to welcome an independent international
monitoring group to visit all of the territory it controlled – both
Karabakh itself and the Armenian-occupied territories around it.

`The group must include truly independent international experts who
would conduct an objective investigation,’ said Mailian.

Azerbaijan claims that Nagorny Karabakh and the surrounding lands
under Armenian control have become a transit point for narcotics on
the `southern route’ of the heroin trade, that originates in
Afghanistan and passes through Iran on its way to Europe. It says the
long stretch of border along the Araxes river between Iran and the
empty lands controlled by the Karabakh Armenians is entirely
unmonitored, and is therefore a good entry point for drug

Ali Hassanov, chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Commission to Combat
Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking, said the main problem his
commission faced was `the uncontrolled territories occupied by
Armenia, where narcotics are cultivated, and through which they are

However, Karabakh Armenian official Mailian challenged anyone to
provide evidence of this, noting that the US State Department’s
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report published on March 1
this year failed even to mention Nagorny Karabakh, while stating that
Azerbaijan is one of the main transit routes for international

IWPR also asked the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC. in Vienna
whether it had evidence of Karabakh being used as a transit point.
The response was that UNODC had no available evidence, although a
change of personnel in its Tehran office meant it was unable to check
fully with its sources in Iran.

The Karabakh Armenian authorities say that, on the contrary, they
have been waging a persistent campaign against the cultivation of
opium poppies and wild cannabis that used to grow in Karabakh.

Locals now admit that the territory suffered from a drug problem
during the war of 1991-94, but they say that this has now been
brought under control.

`The problem of cultivating narcotic plants was particularly
difficult during the war, in 1992-1993,’ said one villager. `You
should have seen the care – that should have been put to better use –
with which some people grew poppies. There’s nothing surprising about
that – the plant is easier and cheaper to grow, and profits from
selling it are much higher, than many other plants, vegetables and
fruits.’ He explained that drugs were sometimes bartered for flour,
sugar and other items that were then in short supply

When fighting was still going on in 1993, the police force launched
their first operation Mak (Poppy), which has been repeated every year
since then in Karabakh and the surrounding territories. On average up
to five tons of wild cannabis and up to 15 kilos of unprocessed opium
poppies are found and destroyed each year.

`Two years running, in 1993 and 1994, I was involved in Mak
operations as part of various internal affairs ministry groups,’
Albert Voskanian, a retired lieutenant colonel in the police, told
IWPR. `We searched through all the regions, all the fields and garden
plots where opium poppy could possibly be grown. We began the
operation at a time when the poppies were almost ready, but it was
still too early to harvest. We uprooted the plants that we found,
registered them in a report and took them away to burn.

`Many owners were reluctant to give up the harvest voluntarily, and
there were cases of resistance. The operation was so important that
some troops were called in from the front to assist.’

Voskanian said that in the first year the owners of plantations were
not punished, only warned. This proved to be effective – there was
much less cannabis and poppy during the second year.

Slavik Gasparian, another veteran of these operations, also says they
were broadly very successful. `During the war I served as a senior
sergeant in a unit of the Karabakh army and I knew about all the
operations to destroy poppy and cannabis plantations. I can say just
one thing – the joint efforts of the law enforcement forces, army and
other agencies produced an excellent result. At least after 1995,
people were afraid to grow even one poppy plant openly.’

Karabakh’s interior ministry says that in 1998-2003, the authorities
uncovered 156 drug-related crimes, half of which were related to
cultivating illegal narcotic plants and the rest to the illegal
purchase, possession and abuse of drugs. It says that drug-related
crimes comprise only five per cent of all offences.

Representatives of the penal institutions of Nagorny Karabakh said
that interior ministry doctors provide compulsory treatment for all
drug addicts in custody.

Sociologist David Sarkisian said that some Karabakhis experimented
with cannabis, but there was a strong social taboo against drug
taking as a whole in society.

`There are no objective preconditions for the wide dissemination of
drugs and drug abuse in Nagorny Karabakh,’ Sarkisian said. `Our
society categorically rejects drug addicts, considering them the most
degraded members of society – worse than even the most miserable
drunkards. Many young people try cannabis and other weed either out
of curiosity or from a mistaken idea of self-assertion.’

The more controversial matter of whether drugs are passing through
Karabakh from Iran will remain disputed as long as there is no
verdict from international agencies. The UN has so far not decided
whether to send a delegation to the region to study the claims.

Ashot Beglarian is a freelance journalist based in Stepanakert.

La police bernoise met hors circuit deux épaves roulantes

5 Mars 2004

La police bernoise met hors circuit deux épaves roulantes
Arménien et Biélorusse au volant

Berne (AP) La police bernoise a stoppé à fin février sur l’A8 près de
Brienz un conducteur qui circulait sans permis au volant d’une
voiture défiant les règles élémentaires de sécurité. Il s’agit d’un
requérant d’asile d’origine arménienne de 32 ans. Au volant de son
épave, il avait emprunté le tunnel du Gotthard et le col du Brünig.
Une autre voiture non conforme, conduite par un Biélorusse, a été
Hébergé dans le canton du Tessin, le requérant d’asile arménien
voulait se rendre à Interlaken, a expliqué vendredi la police
cantonale bernoise. Il circulait sans permis de conduire valable et
sans permis de circulation ni assurance responsabilité civile pour le
véhicule doté, qui plus est, de plaques minéralogiques périmées
depuis plus de neuf mois. Aucune formalité douanière n’avait été
remplie lors du passage de la voiture de France en Suisse, où
l’Arménien l’avait acquise il y a six semaines pour moins de 800
Présentant «un état général désolant», le véhicule a été mis en
sûreté par la police. Entre autres défectuosités constatées: trois
des quatre roues usées ne répondaient pas au freinage, le frein à
main ne fonctionnait pas, plusieurs pièces d’attache du châssis
étaient brisées, l’huile et le carburant fuyaient et les rétroviseurs
étaient attachés avec de la bande adhésive. Le conducteur a été
dénoncé pour diverses infractions à la loi sur la circulation
routière et pour non respect des prescriptions douanières.
La police bernoise a par ailleurs interpellé près de Thoune quatre
ressortissants biélorusses quelques heures auparavant. La voiture
était notamment dépourvue de freins excepté celui à main. Elle a
également été mise en sûreté et son conducteur dénoncé. AP

A glance at Karabakh from inside and outside

Azat Artsakh, Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
March 8 2004


On March 3 at the Stepanakert Press Club took place the presentation
of the web site of Sergey Ogoltsov The web
site presents the author’s opinion on the military actions,
“provincial” life in Karabakh and the journey of S. Ogoltsov from
Kiev to Stepanakert and back. Taking into account the deficit of
necessary facts and information in the web sites on Karabakh the web
site of Sergey Ogoltsov will be of use to those who are interested in