BAKU: Azerbaijan’s “Black Colonel” Killed

Azerbaijan’s “Black Colonel” Killed

Baku Today
June 14 2004

Fatulla Huseynov, first vice-president of the Azerbaijan Football
Federations Association (AFFA), who also was known by the appellation
“Black Colonel,” was shot to death early Monday.

According to ANS, Huseynov got seven bullets from the Russian-made
Makarov pistol while getting into his car in front of his house at
around 7 a.m. Motives of the killing was not clear yet.

The murdered had been working for law enforcement bodies for long
years. He had gained the appellation “Black Colonel” during the
1991-94 war with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

BAKU: Armenian diaspora cannot damage US strategic interests

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
June 14 2004

ARMENIAN DIASPORA CAN NOT DAMAGE US STRATEGIC INTERESTS
[June 14, 2004, 12:54:17]

While the Americans prepare to forthcoming November presidential
elections, ethnic groups existing in the country propagandize their
role, as electorate. And it speaks that in the year of elections,
opportunity of influence of Diasporas grows twice. Ethnic groups
for strengthening the positions take part in pre-election campaign of
candidates financially and morally; try to receive from them guarantees
for the further realization of their interests. What will be the
role of Turkish and Azerbaijan Diaspora in this year elections? The
conversation of correspondent of AzerTAj with the first graduate –
Azerbaijani of the authoritative American Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy Elin Suleymanov is on this topic.

– What you can tell, basing on your experience in the USA, about
influence of ethnic minority on the policy in this country?

– As a whole, the democratic system in America is arranged so,
that in lobbyism not only the ethnic groups, but even the groups
incorporated around of certain interests here can be engaged. For
example, there are separate lobbyists of businessmen, workers of
education, public health services. For us, interesting and in some
cases dangerous is the influence of ethnic groups on foreign policy.
The general influence of ethnic minority on the policy on the USA
is positive. But, unfortunately, the Armenian Diaspora, opposing
Azerbaijan, is one of the most radical groups in America. The Armenian
Diaspora in itself is not monolithic group. Among them there are both
radicals, and conservatives. When the question concerns Azerbaijan and
Turkey, between them there is a common understanding – all of them
act from destructive position. Despite of it, their efforts cannot
render essential influence on strategic policy of the USA. Despite
their attempts, they cannot damage Turkish-American relations, or
the Azerbaijan-America partnership intensively developing in the last
ten years.

And in the year of elections the Diaspora becomes stronger. To take
presidential elections of this year: interrogations testify that both
democrats, and republicans have equal opportunity for victory. It means
that both sides need a lot of voices of voters. Thus, the candidate
of both sides can get under influence of this or that electorate. In
such situation, influence of not only traditional Jewish, Greek,
Ukrainian or Armenian Diaspora grows, the important role can play
also the Turkish and Azerbaijan Diaspora. For this purpose, it is
necessary to mobilize forces inside the Diaspora and effectively to
use available opportunities.

– On what depends the efficiency of Diaspora? From the finance,
number of members or organization?

– All elements listed by you are important. But the most important is
organization. And plus the national spirit prevailing inside. Members
of community should understand, whom they are and be adhered to the
Motherland. The Diaspora comprises people. If people do not wish to
help the native land or will overlook about the national morals, any
finance or organization cannot create effective Diaspora. The Armenian
or Jewish Diaspora is not large in number. Turks and Azerbaijanis
have advantage on them. However, because of lack of organization
and financial sources, their influence is poorly felt. But I should
admit that it is a long process. The strongest Diasporas in the USA
were formed during 2-3 generations. We are beginners on this way.

– You spoke about the national spirit. Whether it is possible to
count satisfactory national spirit among the Turks and Azerbaijanis?

– Turks and Azerbaijanis should work together. All should understand,
that there are not closer people in the world than we are. It is felt
among the Turks and Azerbaijanis living abroad. I hope, that we and
henceforth shall continue our joint business. But sometimes there are
such Turks or Azerbaijanis who, having left the Motherland, lose all
links with it. Others speak supposedly that “I am offended by the
country”. But I cannot understand, how it is possible to turn away
from the Native land? And there are such that at all do not wish to
join Diaspora. As they said, they wish only to receive the American
citizenship. Naturally, each person has personal interests. But I
think, that in a circle of personal interests of our compatriots
living abroad, it should enter and interests of the Motherland. To
achieve it, we should pass still a long way.

-Recently, due to joint efforts of Turkish and Azerbaijan Diasporas,
in the Congress, there happened extremely important event for
Azerbaijan. In the Congress, the working group on work with
Azerbaijanis has been created. What can you say on prospects of
this group?

-The event really represents for Azerbaijan great value. This
fine result is caused by efforts of the Azerbaijan state applied
in last years on mobilization of our compatriots living abroad,
growing cooperation between the Turkish and Azerbaijan Diasporas, and
also activity of our students training here. Creation of group is a
parameter of growing strategic value of our state in Washington. It is
no secret, that creation of special working group on such small state,
as Azerbaijan is rare case for the USA. Co-chairmen of working group –
the representative of Pennsylvania State, congressman Kurt Weldon and
the representative of Texas – Congressman Solomon Ortiz are influential
members of US Congress. Attacks to them recently have increased on the
part of the Armenian community. In Washington, even in constituencies
of the congressmen the forged are distributed on them. It is necessary
for members of the Turkish and Azerbaijan Diasporas to render
congressmen maximal support. Without our support, the working group
does not have future. This group can have great prospects. I assign
on working group large hopes both in strengthening links between the
Congress and Milli Majlis, and in wide representation of interests
of Azerbaijan in Washington. But, as I have already noted, without
support of members of Diaspora, the congressmen can meet difficulties.

– I want to return again to the presidential elections. One of
present candidates – the democrat John Kerry is the representative of
state Massachusetts, where it is a lot of Armenians, in the Senate.
Protection of interests of the Armenian voters, statement in the
Congress from the anti-Azerbaijan position and bills became a component
of activity of the senator Kerry. In what degree can the position of
Azerbaijan suffer, if he will win elections?

– I lived last 2 years in the state of Massachusetts. I would
not estimate John Kerry as the politician with completely the
anti-Azerbaijan position. He is pro-Armenian. But between these
two concepts there is a difference. To tell the truth, John Kerry
supports close relations with the Armenian circles and protects their
interests. It should cause our concern. But it is not necessary to
forget also, that foreign policy of the USA is a stable concept. This
country pursues its strategic interests. Even if the new owner of
the White House will try to introduce in foreign policy the USA new
tendencies, as a whole, the direction of policy remains as usual.

Part of the city of Boston refers to Watertown, almost all inhabitants
here are the Armenians. Having got here, you feel as in Armenia. They
even have named one of streets Artsakh. Local Armenians think as
Armenians, instead of Americans. John Kerry should understand, that
these people would never support national interests of America. They
protect only narrow lobbyist interests. Such policy is unpromising.

-Have you been subject to pressure of the Armenian community during
study in Boston?

-Certainly. At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts
University, which I have graduated, annually receive education 30
Armenian students. The Armenian Diaspora finances this program.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Vardan Oskanyan also is the
graduate of this school. For 2 years of study there, I became the
witness of good organization of the Armenians. All of them use the same
expressions, act from common position. We tried to popularize here the
position of Azerbaijan. So, the last year the ambassador of Azerbaijan
in Washington Hafiz Pashayev made a speech in School before wide
audience. And this year the deputy foreign minister Araz Azimov visited
the School. Now the administration of School searches for ways of the
organization of the Azerbaijan program. Using financial opportunities
of the State Department, the government of Azerbaijan or the School,
we are going to direct annually here students from Azerbaijan. As a
whole, it would be good, if the Azerbaijan delegations, even one or
two once a year read lectures in the known educational institutions
of America, partook at conferences. Thus, the future politicians of
the USA will study Azerbaijan still in their student years.

Chess: Meeting the King’s Indian – with Petrosian

Chessbase News, Germany
June 14 2004

Meeting the King’s Indian – with Petrosian

13.06.2004 To commemorate the 75th birthday of the late world
champion Tigran Petrosian our Internet trainer Dennis Monokroussos
will look at his distinctive way of meeting the King’s Indian
Defense. Join him on Monday night, especially if you would like to
add a new anti-King’s Indian weapon to your repertoire. Catch it on
the Playchess server.

Dennis Monokroussos writes: “This Thursday, Tigran Petrosian, the 9th
World Chess Champion, would have been 75. In Armenia, his home
country, a match between those with a connection to Armenia or
Petrosian against a Rest of the World team is taking place to
commemorate the occasion, and we’ll use this week’s show to
commemorate it in our own way. In particular, we’ll look at his
distinctive way of meeting the King’s Indian Defense and some of its
most notable successes over the years (its victims include Fischer
and Kasparov!). So please join us tonight, especially if you would
like to add a new anti-King’s Indian weapon to your repertoire, as
well as to take a look at one of the great geniuses of positional
chess of all time.”

Dennis Monokroussos is 37, lives in South Bend, IN (the site of the
University of Notre Dame), and is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in
philosophy (in the philosophy of mind) while adjuncting at the
University.

He is fairly inactive as a player right now, spending most of his
non-philosophy time being a husband and teaching chess. At one time
he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S., but quit for about
eight years starting in his early 20s. His highest rating was 2434
USCF, but he has now fallen to the low-mid 2300s – “too much blitz,
too little tournament chess”, he says.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for seven years now,
giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet,
worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools
program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8
championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with
many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main
areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key
moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect
to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled
from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked
with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.

Dennis Monokroussos’ Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Mondays at 9
p.m. EDT, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h
Sydney (on Tuesday). Other time zones can be found below. You can use
Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger,
Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

Preventing Blindness: A Top Priority at the Garo Meghrigian EyeInsti

PRESS RELEASE

June 14, 2004

American University of Armenia Corporation
300 Lakeside Drive, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 987-9452
Fax: (510) 208-3576

Contact: Gohar Momjian
E-mail: [email protected]

Preventing Blindness: A Top Priority at the Garo Meghrigian Eye Institute

Preventing blindness in Armenia – this is the bold and ambitious mission of
the Garo Meghrigian Eye Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (GMEIPO).
The institute is located in Yerevan at the AUA Business and Conference
Center, and was established in 1999 within the AUA Center for Health
Services Research and Development of the College of Health Sciences.

“In our experience, screening over 6,000 children in Armenia’s summer camps
and other vulnerable populations in the regions, we have found that a large
majority of eye diseases and problems could be avoided with proper
education, affordable access to regular eye examinations, and treatment,”
said Naira Khachatryan, ophthalmologist, AUA graduate, and GMEIPO Program
Manager, who is also completing her Doctorate in Public Health at the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “Preventable blindness is such a
tragedy, and playing a small part in preventing a single case or in
restoring proper vision is immensely gratifying.”

Mr. and Mrs. Garo and Gloria Meghrigian generously contributed $500,000 to
establish the Eye Institute in memory of their daughter, Christine Hripsime
Meghrigian (Dec. 10, 1953-Feb 26, 1991). Mr. Meghrigian was experiencing a
gradual loss of his eyesight, and he felt that adults as well as children
may be facing similar situations in Armenia. It was his vision to help other
Armenians not suffer the same fate by providing ongoing screenings in
Armenia; educating eye care providers and the general public on scientific
advances in detecting, preventing, and treating eye diseases; and more
importantly, translating these advances into nationwide clinical practices.
Mr. Meghrigian has passed away, but his wife Gloria and other family members
have a keen interest in the ongoing work of the Institute to prevent
blindness.

Continuing AUA’s track record of building relationships and partnerships
with international and local agencies, most recently, the GMEIPO in
partnership with Armenia’s Ministry of Health and the Ararat Lions Club, was
awarded the Lions Club International Foundation SightFirst grant to improve
eye care in Gegharkunik Marz. “This collaborative project is comprehensive
and system-oriented. It establishes a regional ophthalmic unit in Sevan to
provide eye care on the district level, strengthening local infrastructure,
and providing services in the Marz currently only available in Yerevan,”
said Michael Thompson, Director of AUA’s Center for Health Services Research
and Development. “GMEIPO’s plan is to develop a mode of organizing,
financing, and delivering regional ophthalmic services for Armenia that
could be replicated as a national model of quality and affordable medical
services. Unlike other humanitarian efforts that simply provide care,
GMEIPO focuses on developing infrastructure, local expertise, and
sustainable systems.”

GMEIPO will be taking the lead to build a regional ophthalmic unit according
to Armenia’s Ministry of Health standards and equipped per the World Health
Organization standard list. Human resources will be developed, and training
will consist of international experiences, local academic training, and
local practical training covering both treatment and management skills.
Together, GMEIPO and the Ministry of Health will establish village
examination centers, and will complete mass screenings of approximately
20,000 people who are over the age of 50 in the Gegharkunik Marz. All
prevalent cases of bilateral blinding cataract, estimated at 1,000-1,500, in
the Marz, will be identified and treated during a one and a half year
period.

“AUA is proud of the Garo Meghrigian Eye Institute and its outstanding
achievements. All of the AUA academic programs operate research and
development centers rooted in their academic fields that strive to impact
the community, to help improve the lives of individuals, and also to serve
as examples and catalysts for systemic change,” said AUA President,
Haroutune Armenian.

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The American University of Armenia is registered as a non-profit educational
organization in both Armenia and the United States and is affiliated with
the Regents of the University of California. Receiving major support from
the AGBU, AUA offers instruction leading to the Masters Degree in eight
graduate programs. For more information about AUA, visit

Pictures: GMEIPO actively participated in the Boarding School Visual
Impairment Project – 2002, supported by UNICEF/Armenia and the Jinishian
Memorial Fund.

www.aua.am.

Human Rights and the Future of Armenia’s Armed Forces

PRESS RELEASE

June 14, 2004

American University of Armenia Corporation
300 Lakeside Drive, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 987-9452
Fax: (510) 208-3576

Contact: Gohar Momjian
E-mail: [email protected]

HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE FUTURE OF ARMENIA’S ARMED FORCES

Yerevan – The American University of Armenia (AUA) Department of Law and the
AUA Student Law Club hosted a free public conference on June 5, 2004,
focusing on Human Rights and the Future of Armenia’s Armed Forces. Over 150
people attended the conference, which was intended to raise public awareness
of laws that affect the participation of Armenian citizens in the Armenian
army, as well as the respect for human rights by the Armenian armed forces.
“Human rights in the military is a major concern not just for soldiers and
parents, but for the armed forces, too,” said Anna Grigoryan, a student
researcher at AUA who played a leading role to organize the conference.

“Armenia’s armed forces have some of the same challenges that confront the
military of any nation: How to guarantee basic human rights, while also
maintaining discipline and combat readiness. The purpose of our conference
was to create greater awareness of this issue. We succeeded,” said Matthew
Karanian, Associate Dean, AUA Law Department. “This conference featured an
outstanding panel of speakers, including representatives from the highest
ranks of the Ministry of Defense who attended, as well as the Special Envoy
of the Council of Europe, the Chair of the Helsinki Committee, and other
leading human rights organizations.”

Avetick Ishkhanyan, Chair of the Helsinki Committee, noted that society and
government must take measures in order to prevent the politicization of the
Army, and that this is the first step in preventing crimes in the army. Vahe
Meliksetyan, Assistant to General Military Prosecutor, brought forth recent
statistics showing that the incidence of crime is going down in the army.
NGO members and government representatives suggested that in order to
prevent crime in the army, public awareness of the problem should be raised,
and soldiers and their parents should be apprised of their rights and
responsibilities.

Armenia’s cooperation with NATO under the “Partnership for Peace” program
and with CIS countries was also discussed, in addition to various
interpretations of the recently accepted laws on ‘Citizens Who Failed to
Complete Compulsory Military Service through Violation of the Established
Procedure’ and ‘Alternative Military Service.’
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The American University of Armenia offers a Master’s Degree in Law and in
Comparative Legal Studies. The programs feature a strong focus on business
and international law, with special emphasis on legal and institutional
reforms in the former Soviet republics. AUA is registered as a non-profit
educational organization in both Armenia and the United States and is
affiliated with the Regents of the University of California. Receiving
major support from the AGBU, AUA offers instruction leading to the Masters
Degree in eight graduate programs. For more information about AUA, visit

Pictures:
1: Greta Mirzoyan, Zinvori Mayr NGO, Chair; Ruben Martirosyan, Armenia’s
Human
Rights Defender (Ombudsman) representative; Vahe Meliksetyan, Assistant to
Armenia’s military prosecutor; Anna Grigoryan, AUA law student; Stephen
Barnett, AUA Dean of Law; Matthew Karanian, AUA Associate Dean of Law

2: General-Major Mickael Melkonyan, Armenia’s Ministry of Defense, head of
foreign relations and military cooperation; Deputy-Colonel Sedrak Sedrakyan,
Armenia’s Ministry of Defense, head of
the legal department

www.aua.am.

Parliament Chairman discusses details of his visit to Bulgaria

PARLIAMENT CHAIRMAN DISCUSSES DETAILS OF HIS VISIT TO BULGARIA

ArmenPress
June 14 2004

YEREVAN, JUNE 14, ARMENPRESS: Armenian parliament chairman Arthur
Baghdasarian met today with Bulgaria’s ambassador to Armenia, Stefan
Dimitrov to discuss the details of his upcoming visit to Bulgaria at
the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart.

It was stated that Bulgaria attaches great importance to Baghdasarian’s
visit, especially that no reciprocal visits of top parliament officials
of both sides took place since 1999. Baghdasarian was quoted by
parliament press office as saying that the visit will become another
step towards strengthening bilateral parliamentary ties.

Cooperation in health, culture and science sectors, as well as the
use of Bulgaria’s legislature development experience was underscored.
The government press office said a range of other issues was also
discussed during the meeting.

Film Museum to Detail Armenian Presence in Iranian Cinema

Film Museum to Detail Armenian Presence in Iranian Cinema
Tehran Times Culture Desk

Tehran Times
June 13 2004

TEHRAN June 12 (MNA) -– The second seasonal exhibition at the Film
Museum of Iran for the first time will detail the Armenian presence
in Iranian cinema.

Documents, posters, pictures, rare and historical cinematographic
tools that have never been previously screened or published will be
displayed. The News Bureau of Mass Media Relations at the Film Museum
in a statement released announced that the exhibition will be entitled
“One Week of Armenians’ Cinema.”

During the week, works by Avanes Oganians, Arbi Avanessian, Vartan
Antanessian, Jani Baghdassarian, Artem Ohanjanian, Arpik Baghdassarian,
Khachik, Samuel Khachikian, and Varuzh Karim Masihi along with others
will be displayed.

Coinciding with the 400th year anniversary of the migration of
Armenians to Iran another of the week’s programs will feature
screenings and clips from films highlighting Armenian actors.

The bureau in its statement said all the Armenian organizations
including, the Armenian Prelacy, the Armenian daily Alik, Iran’s Film
House, and Farabi Cinematic Foundation and other organizations will
actively participate in the exhibition.

The Film Museum of Iran will also be publishing a book being dubbed
“The Presence of Armenians in Iran’s Cinema” detailing the presence
and the impact of Armenians in the history of Iranian cinema.
AP/DWN/IS END MNA

Armenia to dispose Soviet liquid missile fuel

Armenia to dispose Soviet liquid missile fuel
By Tigran Liloyan

ITAR-TASS News Agency
June 13, 2004 Sunday

YEREVAN, June 13 — Armenia will dispose liquid missile fuel, which is
left on the national territory from the Soviet period. A memorandum
to the effect has been signed between Armenian Defense Minister and
Secretary of the National Security Council Serzh Sarkisyan and head
of the OSCE mission in Yerevan Vladimir Pryakhin.

Further storing of the liquid missile fuel is dangerous, because the
fuel containers have decayed. The OSCE is ready to assign experts
for helping the Armenian project.

The Dissolving Opposition

The Dissolving Opposition

Transitions Online, Czech Republic
June 14 2004

YEREVAN, Armenia–Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian appears to
have warded off a challenge to his authority, surviving a two-month
opposition protest campaign that aimed to force his resignation. Even
though the protests failed to attract large numbers of Armenians, some
political analysts in Yerevan say the opposition campaign inflicted
considerable political damage on Kocharian.

Since April, opposition leaders had promised “decisive action”
against Kocharian. However, at the most recent street protest in
central Yerevan, on 4 June, the opposition acknowledged that it lacked
sufficient backing to fulfill its aim, and abandoned plans to march on
Kocharian’s residence. “We believe that we are not yet ready to carry
out actions needed for achieving our final victory,” a leading member
of the opposition Justice bloc, Albert Bazeyan, told a thinning crowd.

The unrest stemmed from the February-March 2003 presidential election
in which Kocharian secured a second term amid allegations of vote
rigging. His opponents still refuse to recognize the legitimacy of his
reelection and were unsuccessful in a 2003 attempt to have the voting
results invalidated. Kocharian critics later decided to embrace protest
tactics, striving to imitate the success of Georgian President Mikheil
Saakashvili, who came to power amid the “Rose Revolution” in Tbilisi.

The opposition unveiled the protest strategy in early April. The most
critical moment occurred early on in the protest campaign, as riot
police, during the early hours of 13 April, dispersed opposition
protesters as they marched towards Kocharian’s official residence
in Yerevan.

The leaders of Armenia’s two main opposition groups, the Justice
bloc and the National Unity Party (AMK), have since continued the
unsanctioned rallies in the city center. The protests have flagged
in recent weeks as many opposition supporters grew increasingly
frustrated over the lack of “decisive action.”

Bazeyan and other opposition leaders said they will continue to rally
supporters in the capital to keep up pressure on the authorities.
“There will be no stability in the country as long as Kocharian remains
in power because stability and Kocharian are incompatible things,”
the most radical of them, Aram Sarkisian, said.

But few observers believe that demonstrations attended by several
thousand people will pose a serious threat to the ruling regime.
Given the effective end of the protest campaign, political analysts
are examining the question of why the Armenian opposition failed
to mobilize what one of its leaders described as a “critical mass”
of demonstrators.

In the view of Aghasi Yenokian, director of the independent Armenian
Center for Political and International Studies, Justice and the
AMK never had a clear action plan. He said the opposition also lost
popular trust due to its inability to successfully press its appeal
over the presidential election tally. “The opposition has shown on
several occasions that it can let the people down at any moment,”
Yenokian said.

Still, some local political experts believe that the protests,
which provoked the worst-ever government crackdown on the Armenian
opposition, dealt a blow to Kocharian’s legitimacy at home and
abroad. That, they say, could open new cracks in the country’s shaky
governing coalition, rendering the medium- to long-term political
situation in the country unpredictable.

“Armenia is entering a period of political apathy where there is no
effective government and [no] effective opposition,” said a recent
commentary in the pro-opposition daily Haykakan Zhamanak.

Authorities have maintained throughout that the opposition protest
campaign was unconstitutional. On 8 June, one of Kocharian’s top allies
declared victory in the political struggle. “The opposition has failed
to achieve its goals,” Prime Minister Andranik Markarian said.

Throughout the crisis, Kocharian stressed that Armenia’s strong
security apparatus ensured that a repetition of the “Georgian scenario”
would not occur in Yerevan. At the same time, Kocharian has sought
to placate building popular frustration.

Kocharian has long tried to cast himself as the custodian of a
fast-growing economy. The benefits of economic growth, though, are
not evenly distributed in Armenia, as many in the country continue
to grapple with poverty. In recent weeks, Kocharian has expressed
renewed interest in improving living conditions. His schedule in
early June, for example, was full of meetings, heavily publicized by
state-controlled television channels, with officials at all levels
of government to examine issues ranging from suspected corruption in
high school graduation exams to patchy supplies of drinking water.

In addition to the high-profile effort to address popular concerns,
authorities have cracked down on the opposition, arresting hundreds of
government critics. The crackdown continued even after strong criticism
voiced by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in late
April. Since then, a 24-year-old man has been sentenced to an 18-month
jail term for hurling a plastic bottle at a riot police officer during
the 12-13 April events. Four other opposition activists received up
to 15-month prison sentences stemming from their participation in
another protest.

Although Kocharian is the winner of the latest round, experts
believe the political bout will continue. Yenokian, for one, viewed
the deepening intra-governmental infighting as a source of political
turmoil down the road. “The processes should not be considered over,”
the analyst said. “They may well have a continuation.”

Russian NTV channel off the Armenian air for good

Russian NTV channel off the Armenian air for good

A1+ web site
14 Jun 04

14 June: Russian NTV channel will no longer be broadcast in
Armenia. Today the National Commission for Radio and Television
[NCRT] unanimously decided to hand over the 23rd decimetre channel,
which previously relayed NTV channel programmes, to the Armenian
government for the transmission of Kultura [Culture] TV programmes.

The frequency was not put out to tender as it was given to the
government within the framework of an intergovernmental agreement on
the transmission of TV programmes concluded between Armenia and Russia.

The frequency was transferred to the Transport and Communications
Ministry. It is not yet clear who will rebroadcast. “The company
Paradiz [Paradise], which rebroadcast NTV, has no claims on it,”
the head of the NCRT, Grigor Amalyan, said. “The government has the
right to use it at its own discretion.”

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress