Session at Lori Regional Administration Chaired by Armenian NA Chair


YEREVAN, JULY 15. ARMINFO. A session at Lori regional administration
chaired by Armenian NA Chairman Artur Baghdasaryan today discussed the
urgent problems and prior tasks of the region. Speaker Baghdasaryan
got first hand information on the economic situation in Lori region.

Lori Governor Henrik Kochinyan informed the Speaker that 2.2
thous. families in the region still need housing. He pointed out the
necessity for completing the construction of Culture House in the town
of Stepanavan and several other cultural facilities. At the same time,
the governor said that light industry and machine building effectively
develop in the region, and the cheese produced in Lori is successfully
exported to the USA and Russia. A deficit of this product is already
observed on the local market.

Speaking at the session, NA Chairman Artur Baghdasaryan said that an
Armenian-Italian Business Forum will be held in October, and Lori
businessmen should take an active party in it. He promised that in
November, a Center of Information Technologies will open in Vanadzor
and that the forthcoming adoption of a Law On Public Health will solve
many problems in the sphere in region. Baghdasaryan also promised to
contribute to computerization of secondary schools in the region.

Russian Gas to Be Supplied to Third Countries Via Armenia


MOSCOW, JULY 15. ARMINFO. There are prospects of supplying Russian gas
to the markets of third countries en route via Armenia, said Russian
Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov during his meeting with his Armenian
counterpart Andranik Margaryan.

According to the agency “Neftegazovaya Vertikal,” M. Fradkov said that
Russia and Armenia will finish preparation for an agreement of
cooperation in the gas sphere soon. He said that cooperation in
construction of new gas pipes is currently under discussion. It should
be noted that the sides confirmed the intention of Russia and Armenia
to develop cooperation in all spheres of activity, Fradkov stated that
Russia and Armenia successfully cooperate in the economic sphere:
commodity turnover increased 30% as compared to the last year.
Besides, by the end of the year, regular session of the
Intergovernmental Commission for Trade-and Economic Cooperation will
be held, wherein issues of economic, humanitarian cooperation, in the
sphere of military and technical ties will be discussed, as well as
the issues related to payment of the debts under the project of
property purchase in Armenia by Russia.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Armenian Marrow Donor Helps Save Life of 5-Year-Old Italian Boy


YEREVAN, JULY 15. ARMINFO. Italian Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary to Armenia Marco Klemente thanked 22-year-old Armenian
marrow donor Vahe Vardanyan who help saving the life of a 5-year-old
Italian boy suffering leucaemia.

Talking to journalists, Executive Director of the Armenian Charitable
Fund of Marrow Register Sevan Avagyan said that since the register’s
foundation in 1999, it is the third case of marrow
transplantation. The register contains data on 8,223 donors, who in
their turn were included in the register of the International Marrow
Donors Orgnaization. Some 300 people suffering leucaemia or leucosis
have already applied to the Armenian register. It should be noted that
the International register contains data on 8 million donors from 52
marrow registered world wide.

Avagyan said that by the end of the year, the number of donors from
Armenia is expected to reach 10 thousands. He said up-to-date medical
technologies allow medics to take the necessary cells from blood of
donors and not directly from marrow. As Armenia has no center for
marrow transplantation, Armenian donors leave abroad themselves,
Avagyan said, adding that the country’s public Health Ministry takes
steps to establish a similar center in Armenia. He said that the only
problem is lack of funds for purchase of up-to-date equipment, it
should be noted that the register operates due to charitable funds and
First Lady of Armenia Bella Kocharyan is its Honorable President.

FM Vardan Oskanyan and British Ambassador Sign Cultural Agreement


YEREVAN, JULY 15. ARMINFO. Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan
and British Ambassador to Armenia Thorda Abbot-Watt signed an
agreement “On Cultural Values”.

The Press-Service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry told ARMINFO that
Director of the British Council in Armenia Roger Budd attended the
signing ceremony. The agreement raises the cultural ties between the
two states to an offical basis. These ties have got a special
development since the opening of the British Council Office in Armenia
in 2001. According to the agreement, the British Council is officially
recognized a body regulating cultural ties between Armenia and Great
Britain as well as creates preconditions for establishment of a
similar Armenian cultural office in Britain. The agreement says that
the sides get a right to open cultural centers in the capitals and
regions of the two states on a mutual agreement. Cultural centers will
contribute to implementing various programs aiming development of
cultural cooperation between the two states. The major goal of the
centers is development of relations between Armenia and Great Britain
in the sphere of language and literature, culture and art, education,
science and technologies, exchange of knowledge and information
between Mass Media.

Azeri Pressure Group Urges Rejection of OSCE Mediation Group


ANS TV, Baku
15 Jul 04

The Karabakh Liberation Organization has issued a statement calling
for a total rejection of the services of the OSCE Minsk Group. Yet
another time the Azerbaijani public is witnessing that the Minsk Group
is pursuing the interests of member countries and is protecting the
aggressor – Armenia – rather than resolving the (Nagornyy Karabakh)
conflict on the basis of international legal norms, the statement

The organization announces that the Azerbaijani government has to
change its position and reject the services of the Minsk Group, end of

OSCE reps to hold talks in Baku on settling Karabakh conflict

OSCE reps to hold talks in Baku on settling Karabakh conflict

July 15, 2004 Thursday

By Sevindzh Abdullayeva, Viktor Shulman

Co-chairmen of the Minsk Group, set up by the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for settling the dragged-out
ethnic conflict in Nagorny Karabakh, are holding talks with top-rank
Azerbaijani officials here Thursday.

The OSCE representatives – Yuri Merzlyakov of Russia, Steven Mann of
the U.S., and Henri Jacolin of France – are expected to meet with
President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov.

Politicians in Baku do not expect any special proposals from the three
men on how to settle the conflict between the ethnic Azerbaijanis and
Armenians in and around Nagorny Karabakh that has been smoldering
since the end of the 1980’s, but Minister Mamedyarov does not rule out
that new ideas about stepping up the talks may come up in the process
of discussions.

“The absence of new proposals doesn’t mean that the negotiations have
deadlocked, all the more so that the contours of the new ideas, which
we have discussed with the Armenian side, are getting clear,” he said.

As the three co-chairmen of the Minsk Group addressed a news
conference in Yerevan Wednesday, they indicated there could hardly be
anything new in their proposals now, as resolution of the conflict was
highly contingent on the actions on both Azerbaijani and Armenian

“We believe the sides must not waste time away, and actions must be
taken right now,” said the Russian envoy Yuri Merzlyakov.

“The sides are now working on the agenda of future talks in the light
of changes in the situation after elections in Azerbaijan,” he said.

Steven Mann, a U.S. envoy, said solution of the problem was highly
contingent on the stance that Armenia and Azerbaijan would take, and
the Minsk Group could only help the sides tap the practical solutions.

Armenia and Azerbaijan will bear the brunt of responsibility for
decision-making, and the OSCE leaves it up to them to decide on who
should take part in the talks, Mann said.

The French envoy, Henri Jacolin, said the talks would definitely take
some time, since one or two meetings would by no means suffice to
untangle a conflict like the one in Nagorny Karabakh.

He also warned that there was no external force, including the Minsk
Group that could possibly offer a miraculous solution to the Karabakh

Jacolin stressed the European Union’s great interest in a peaceful
settlement of the dragged-out conflict and in general stability in
Southern Caucasus, in the light of which the Europeans were closely
watching the progress of talks on Karabakh.

Cyprus marks 30th anniversary of military coup

Cyprus marks 30th anniversary of military coup

July 15, 2004, Thursday 11:16 AM Eastern Time


Cyprus on Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of 1974 military coup,
paying tribute to those who lost lives defending the republic.

The military coup against President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios,
engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, was followed five
days later by the Turkish military intervention, which resulted in the
de facto division of the island.

Sirens began to wail at 08:20 a.m. local time (0520GMT), the very time
when the coup took place.

A church service for those killed during the coup was held at Saints
Constantinos and Eleni Church in Nicosia, in the presence of Cyprus
President Tassos Papadopoulos, House President Demetris Christofias,
Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus Christos Panagopoulos, political
officials and relatives of the victims.

When addressing the ceremony, Interior Minister Andreas Christou said
the government condemned the coup and the Turkish intervention while
honoured all those who fought and especially those killed for
democracy and freedom in Cyprus.

The minister reiterated the government’s commitment to reunite the
state and the people within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal
federation on the basis of the Annan plan so that “all people, Greek
Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, A rmenians, Maronites and Latins, will be
able to live peacefully and in brotherhood.”

“We do not abandon this vision. We renew our hopes and our efforts and
we declare to be ready to take the big step for conciliation and
compromise,” he promised.

President Papadopoulos and other officials laid wreaths at the tombs
of those killed defending the republic.

The 56-seat House of Representatives held afterwards a special session
to mark the events.

Cyprus was divided into north Turkish cypriots part and south Greek
Cypriots part when Turkey entered the island in 1974 after a failed
Greek coup seeking union with Greece.

In April, two separate referendums were held simultaneously on both
sides on the Cyprus reunion plan, only rejected by the Greek Cypriots
south with an overwhelming no.

This led the world-recognized south into the European Union on May 1,
while the Turkish Cypriots north was left outside the body.

Armenian Church Online Bulletin – 07/15/2004

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Communications Officer
Tel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]
July 15, 2004

Week of July 9 to July 15, 2004
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Sunday (7/18) is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, one of
the five principal feasts on the Armenian Church liturgical calendar,
which celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine nature. To learn
more about the feast and Armenian traditions for the day, and to find
resources to help educate your children, click to the Eastern Diocese’s

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 7/14/04)
* * *


Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, was at St.
Vartan Camp yesterday (7/14). He visited with the campers at the camp’s
new location, the Ararat Center in the Catskill Mountains. For photos
from his visit and other camp activities, as well as dispatches from the
campers, click to our website’s special camp blog:

(Source: St. Vartan Camp, 7/15/04)
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More than 500 people have signed up to attend the free open house and
consecration of the Diocese’s new Ararat Center on Saturday, July 24.
If you still would like to attend, please RSVP by the end of business
tomorrow (7/16) by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (212)
686-0710 ext. 43.

The Ararat Center is in Greenville, NY, 30 miles south of Albany. The
open house runs from noon to 5 p.m. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate
of the Eastern Diocese, will perform the consecration at 2 p.m. Free
food and live music will round out the day.

Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

RSVP by tomorrow (7/16) by e-mailing [email protected] or
calling (212) 686-0710 ext. 43.

(Source: Ararat Center, 7/15/04)
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Armenian School educators and superintendents from around the Diocese
have been in New York City this week for the Diocese’s “Teacher’s
College”. The week-long session began Sunday (7/11), and showcases
methods to teach Armenian language, history, religion, and literature.
For more details, click to our website:

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 7/15/04)
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Going to Armenia will change your life. There are two great pilgrimages
this year:

* Women’s Guild Pilgrimage to Armenia — September 16 to 27 / $2,400.
See Holy Etchmiadzin, Yerevan, ancient holy sites, and current cultural
activities. For more information call Ann Devejian (203) 838-5758.

* Pilgrimage to Armenia — September 18 to October 3 / $2,350. A
Diocesan-sponsored trip to all the highlights in Armenia. For more
information call Sidon Travel at (818) 553-0777.

Remember: even if you can’t go, you can help pay to send a young person
from your parish. It will connect them with their heritage, and make
them assets to your parish community.

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 7/14/04)
* * *


Looking for something fun to do this summer with your family? Check the
Diocesan website’s Calendar of Events. From cooking classes to cruises
to picnics, you’ll find Diocesan sponsored events and happenings at our
local parishes. Just click to:

If your parish has an event you want listed for free, just e-mail
[email protected]

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 7/15/04)
* * *


You can find inspiration online, with the prayers of St. Gregory of
Nareg. A new prayer is available each day on the Diocesan website.
Just click to:

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From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Arkady Ghukasian Controls Situation


16 July 2004

Co-Chairs State in Stepanakert

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs arrived in Stepanakert on July 13. After a
break of six months this visit could hardly be a new step for the
settlement of the problem. The fact that the Co-Chairs met with NGO
representatives as well was the news about this visit.

After the meeting with Ashot Ghulian, NKR Foreign Minister, the
Co-Chairs met with NGO representatives. Hery Jackolin, French
Co-Chair, stated that the probability of a war is bigger, unless the
problem of the occupied territories exists.

Touching upon “New Neighbours” program, he said that if Armenia and
Azerbaijan fail to find the mutually acceptable settlement, they
wouldnâ=80=99t be included in that program. Minsk Group doesn’t have
the power to settle the conflict, so their goal is to contribute to
achieving the settlement that will be in the interests of both
sides. According to him, this can be achieved as a resultof mutual
concessions. The observation made by the head of NKR Refugee
Committee, that said that the status of the Armenians fled from
Azerbaijan and dwelling in NKR is always forgotten.

The Co-Chairs met with NKR President Arkady Ghukasian. During the
press conference after the meeting with the president the Co- Chairs
expressed satisfaction, emphasizing that Arkady Ghukasian controls the
situation verywell and the discussion with him was very fruitful. The
Co-Chairs said that Armenia and Azerbaijan becoming CE members have
undertaken certain commitments and the interest of the European
countries can be considered only within these frameworks. They said
that the EU has no special mission in the settlement issue, except
assisting Armenia and Azerbaijan, unless they miss the “New Neighbors”
program. As for the OSCE, the Minsk Group was founded under its
support and, naturally, it is interested in the settlement.

The journalist asked Stiven Mann about the reason of his appointment
as Co-Chair. He said that though he was engaged in the Caspian issues,
it doesn’t mean that the U.S. emphasizes the importance of oil factor
in the context of the settlement. Besides, he worked as a diplomat in
the USSR and Armenia and this experience conditioned his appointment
as a Co- Chair. The Co- Chairs said that there are no separate
American, Russian and French position and they act unanimously and all
the ideas are achieved by them all.

Yuri Merzliakov answered the question about NKR’s participation in the
negotiation process that there is a point in the OSCE decision that
allows the parties that ave signed the cease-fire agreement to
participate in the negotiations. On this ground NKR participated in
the negotiations till1997.The fact that NKR was left aside from the
negotiation process is not the fault of the Minsk group.

BY Kim Gabrielian, Stepanakert

Armenia Conducts Dynamic Foreign Policy and Is a Success


16 July 2004

The Employee of the Eurasian Center for Strategic Researches Testifies
to That

Azg informed in its previous issue under the title “Turkey Doesn’t
Intend to Reconsider Its Hostile Policy Towards Armenia” that the
Turkish government refused to be a presiding country at PACE in
2007. the information was based on the massage send by Harut
Sassounian, publisher of the Californian Currier that was published in
our newspaper.

Sasunian, considering the abovementioned decision of the Turkish
governmenta victory of the Armenian diplomats, conditions it by the
statement made by RA Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian on June 14 in
Washington, saying that Armenia will exercise its right for veto
against Turkey’s candidacy. He comes to the conclusion that “This
unexpected step means that the U.S. and Turkey have failed in their
attempts to exert pressure on Armenia.”

Let’s remind that Oskanian explained his statement saying that “We
can’t allow the chairmanship of a country at PACE that is a mediator
in the Nagorno Karabagh conflict settlement, as the Chair has certain
rights and privileges that can be used against Armenia.” He not only
repeated this explanation but also added that “The country presiding
at PACE should have diplomatic relations with all the member-
countries,” on June 8 during the meeting with Yanesh Potochnik, EU
representative in Armenia.

It’s worth mentioning that these conclusions are affirmed in the
article by Hatem Jabbarlu, employee of Eurasian Center for Strategic
Researches, issued in Haberanaliz Internet newspaper on July 13
entitled “Armenian Obstacle for Turkey’s Presiding at PACE”. As the
Turkish leading newspapers didn’t comment on Oskanian’s statement, and
the center represented by Jabbarlu is a state structure, we want to
introduce the short variant of the article to your attention.

By Hakob Chaqrian

“Turkey was a candidate for chairmanship at PACE in 2007. The positive
changes made in the Turkish foreign police in the early 2000
contributed tothe creation of all the preconditions for that. But in
2004 articles on Armenia’s right for exercising veto against Turkey’s
candidacy appeared in the Armenian and Diaspora Press in the early
2004. RA Government and the state press didnâ=80=99t comment on that
issue, that is why the government tool advantage of the possibilities
of the independent press, being well aware that the comments of the
state bodies on the “veto” will cause a number of complications in the
foreign policy.

But on June 28-29 in the course of NATO Istanbul Summit Foreign
Minister Vartan Oskanian, meeting with the U.S. representatives, had
found the intention to exercise veto against Turkey’s candidacy for
PACE Chairmanship quite possible and conditioned that by the Turkish
policy conducted against Armenia.

This shows that besides the short-term and mid-term projects in the
foreign policy Armenia has elaborated long-term projects as well
against Turkey. The time showed that the people who in the 80-ies when
ASALA began acting spokeof the failure of this terrorist
structure. The main goal of ASALA was to state “Armenian Genocide” in
the agenda of the international publicity that was achieved, as a

Moreover, when in 1987, when the issue of Turkey’s membership to
EUwasn’t even considered, the Armenian Diaspora managed to make the
European Parliament adopt a decision on the Armenian Genocide in
Turkey. At present, RA Government and the Armenian Diaspora,
cooperation, particularly with the French Socialistic Party, will
spare no efforts to prevent Turkey’s membership to EU, putting forward
the issue of the so-called genocide as a precondition for that.
Notwithstanding the fact that the population and the area of Armenia
is small in the South Caucasus, its serious economic problems, it
condacts more dynamic policy and acheives success against Turkey and
Azerbaijan, in particular. Armenia is capable of unfolding propaganda
against Turkey and Azerbaijan.”