CSTO: Domestic Political Situation Should Not Be Dramatized

DOMESTIC POLITICAL SITUATION SHOULD NOT BE DRAMATIZED: CSTO SECRETARY GENERAL

YEREVAN, APRIL 10. ARMINFO. The current domestic political situation in
Armenia should not be dramatized, Secretary General of the Collective
Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay Bordyuzha said at a
press-conference at the Armenian National Assembly today. He said that
during his meetings with the country’s leadership, alongside with
other issues, the domestic political ones were discussed. However,
Nikolay Bordyuzha said that no reasons for concern about the domestic
political situation in Armenia exist. “All we saw that the situation
in the country develops quietly,” he said.

Cooperation of Armenia and Russia Under CSTO at Highest Level

COOPERATION OF ARMENIA AND RUSSIA UNDER CSTO AT HIGHEST LEVEL

YEREVAN, APRIL 10. ARMINFO. Armenian President Robert Kocharyan and Secretary
General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay
Bordyuzha, who is on a working visit to Yerevan, discussed the
organizational issues related to the summer summit of CSTO Collective
Security Council in Astana. Speaking at a press-conference at the
Armenian National Assembly today, Nikolay Bordyuzha said that the main
direction of cooperation of the CSTO signatory-states must be the
struggle against terrorism, drugs trafficking and organized crime, as
no military treats exist today. He said that the CSTO currently works
to improve the Russian-Armenian and Russian-Byelorussian groupings
operating under CSTO.

Speaking of the statements by several Russian politologists that the
attitude of the Kremlin to Armenia has become cold, Bordyuzha said
that such statements by analysts are groundless. He said that the
relations of Armenia and Russia are based on mutually advantageous
cooperation. Bordyuzha said that Armenia is an active player both in
the CIS and CSTO structures. “Of course, transport problems of Armenia
hinder its economic development and deepening of the Russian-Armenian
economic ties.” However, bilateral political relations, including the
cooperation of the two countries under CSTO, are at a very high
level,” CSTO Secretary General said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Speaker of Armenian Parliament and CSTO Secretary General Meet

SPEAKER OF ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT AND CSTO SECRETARY GENERAL MEET

YEREVAN, APRIL 10. ARMINFO. Armenian Parliamentary Speaker and Secretary
General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay
Bordyuzha, who is on a three-day working visit to Yerevan, meet
today. The Parliamentary Press Service told ARMINFO that Nikolay
Bordyuzha said that the CSTO works in three directions at present:
foreign policy, global security and international policy and the
cooperation in the OSCE. He said that the organization also works to
deepen the cooperation with NATO. CSTO Secretary General said that the
priority of the CSTO’s activity is struggle against terrorism, drugs
and organized crime. In this context, he emphasized the necessity for
establishing a united contractual base under the CSTO and ratifying
the basic conventions with the CSTO member-countries.

Armenia is at Crossroads: Opposition MP

ARMENIA IS AT CROSSROADS: OPPOSITION MP

YEREVAN, APRIL 10. ARMINFO. Armenia is at the crossroads today – either to
return to the middle age or to go ahead to the European values, says
opposition MP Shavarsh Kocharyan. The incumbent Armenian authorities
are trespassing all moral norms up to presenting the prey as the
predator like they did with opposition MP Viktor Dallakyan or
opposition member Aramais Barsegyan. If this continues Armenia will
soon be expelled from the Council of Europe. The country is in an
economic stalemate. It is ruled by shadow and clan economy. The
Karabakh problem has been transformed into a territorial dispute,
which is not acceptable for Armenia. Pres. Kocharyan has “driven a
hedge” between Armenians of Armenia and Karabakh.

The way out of the situation is Kocharyan’s resignation and the change
of the whole system of state administration, the conduct of new, free
and fair elections. The people will no longer allow fraud. Kocharyan
has a chance to either go voluntarily or give his consent to the
opposition-proposed confidence referendum. Otherwise, the popular
indignation will be growing, the military agencies will stop obeying
to criminal orders and Kocharyan will be forced to resign.

Commenting on Kocharyan’s TV interview where he said called
treacherous critical articles in the foreign press Shavarsh Kocharyan
said that having joined the CE Armenia should comply with the European
values and has no right to hide its dirty linen. Unfortunately,
Kocharyan does not understand this and lies when saying that he does
not want to set one part of his people against the other. “He has long
sent against us his electorate – the police, the prosecutor’s office,
the egg-throwers and other skin-head criminals.”

Itar-Tass news digest of April 10

Itar-Tass news digest of April 10:4

MOSCOW – The death toll from the accident at the Taizhina mine in
Osinniki town, the Kemerovo region, has reached 20, a regional
administration source told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW – Rescuers are trying to reach places where they supposedly can
find miners blocked after the accident in the Taizhina coalmine. The
rescuers are working at two possible escape ways, an officer on duty
at the headquarters dealing with the accident consequences told
Itar-Tass. The nearest way is blocked by rock that caved in, and work
to remove the obstruction is going on. Sixteen people have been
evacuated from the mine by rescuers or got onto the surface
themselves. Two of the miners are hospitalised.

YEREVAN – Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty
Organisation (CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha has discussed with the Armenian
leadership an agenda of the CSTO’s June session, which is to be held
in Astana, Kazakhstan. During his talks with President Robert
Kocharyan of Armenia he “exchanged views on ways of upgrading
cooperation within the CSTO framework and matters of raising its
efficiency,” a source at the presidential press service told Tass on
Saturday.

YEREVAN – Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty
Organisation (CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha believes that “the CSTO should
be adapted to the security problems which the CSTO countries are
facing.” “Nowadays our key problems are terrorism, organized crime and
drug trafficking, but not a military threat,” Bordyuzha told a news
conference here on Saturday.

MOSCOW – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told Itar-Tass
on Saturday that the provisions of the Proliferation Security
Initiative (PSI) that U.S. President George W. Bush launched in
Krakow, Poland, last May were getting closer to the Russian
approach. “We are very pleased to note that this plan is generally
developing in a direction corresponding to our views,” the Russian
diplomat said commenting on the U.S. initiative designed to halt the
WMD proliferation. Kislyak said that the PSI authors regarded the
initiative as an attempt to give a collective answer to a global
threat that can be posed by “black markets” in the context of the WMD
proliferation.

CAIRO – A delegation of the Iraqi leadership has arrived in the city
of Al-Fallujah, 50 kilometres west of Baghdad, for negotiations to
stop the fighting between armed residents and the U.S. military. The
delegation consists of representatives of the Iraqi Islamic Party and
one of the Interim Governing Council’s members.

MOSCOW – Ella Pamfilova, the head of the Russian president’s
Commission for Human Rights, believes that Iraq is facing a new
humanitarian catastrophe that calls for immediate and active
U.N. interference. “It is absolutely clear that Iraq is facing a new
humanitarian tragedy, this time on a larger scale, while the United
States is not meeting its commitments of an occupying power under
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1483,” Pamfilova told reporters on
Saturday.

YEREVAN – The Armenian opposition demands resignation of incumbent
President Robert Kocharyan. Albert Bazeyan, an opposition leader and
chairman of the Republic party, said the question of holding a
referendum on no-confidence vote for the Armenian president had nearly
been exhausted. The ruling pro-presidential coalition has refused to
include the referendum issue in the agenda of a regular three-day
session of the Armenian parliament. “Robert Kocharyan should go. The
sooner he does, the better,” Bazeyan told a meeting in front of the
Yerevan Opera House on Saturday.

CSTO secretary general meets with Armenia’s leaders

CSTO secretary general meets with Armenia’s leaders

By Tigran Liloyan
ITAR-TASS

YEREVAN

Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation
(CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha has discussed with the Armenian leadership an
agenda of the CSTO’s June session, which is to be held in Astana,
Kazakhstan.

During his talks with President Robert Kocharyan of Armenia he
“exchanged views on ways of upgrading cooperation within the CSTO
framework and matters of raising its efficiency,” a source at the
presidential press service told Tass on Saturday.

At a meeting with Speaker of the Armenian parliament Artur Bagdasaryan
Borduyzha stressed the need to form a single legal base and ratify the
basic conventions. The secretary general recalled that the CSTO’s
activity is being carried out in three key directions namely the
member-countries foreign policy coordination, global security and
international cooperation.

At a meeting with Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan Bordyuzha said that
the CSTO had been generally formed. The organisation takes part in the
U.N. work. The joint military staff has been set up and a mechanism
of the member-countries’ foreign policy coordination has been
approved.

He asked the minister to speed up ratification of agreements signed by
the country within the framework of the CSTO.

CSTO chief describes terror, drugs, organised crime as key threats

CSTO chief describes terror, drugs, organised crime as key threats

By Tigran Liloyan

ITAR-TASS YEREVAN
April 10, 2004

Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation
(CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha believes that “the CSTO should be adapted to
the security problems which the CSTO countries are facing.” “Nowadays
our key problems are terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking,
but not a military threat,” Bordyuzha told a news conference here on
Saturday.

“We propose the CSTO leaders to define the CSTO’s military component
for the next few years and decide whether we are going to move towards
collective forces or rapid reaction units. We are currently working on
this issue,” the secretary general said.

At the same time Bordyuzha regards the activation of the CSTO military
component as an important direction. He said the upgrading process of
the CSTO military component namely the Russian-Armenian military
grouping in the Caucasus, the Russian-Belarus grouping and the
collective rapid deployment forces in Central Asia was in progress.

“We are acting according to a special plan,” Bordyuzha specified.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Armenian opposition demands president’s resignation

Armenian opposition demands president’s resignation

By Tigran Liloyan

ITAR-TASS YEREVAN
April 10, 2004

The Armenian opposition demands resignation of incumbent President
Robert Kocharyan.

Albert Bazeyan, an opposition leader and chairman of the Republic
party, said the question of holding a referendum on no-confidence vote
for the Armenian president had nearly been exhausted. The ruling
pro-presidential coalition has refused to include the referendum issue
in the agenda of a regular three-day session of the Armenian
parliament.

“Robert Kocharyan should go. The sooner he does, the better,” Bazeyan
told a meeting in front of the Yerevan Opera House on
Saturday. Hundreds of demonstrators, including the participants in a
sit-in strike which the opposition is holding on the Opera’s steps,
listened to his speech.

Bazeyan said that the authorities had closed all entries to Yerevan in
order to prevent the influx of protesters from provinces. All trains
have been cancelled between Yerevan and Gyumri (former Leninakan).

Bazeyan warned that his party would order to organize solidarity
rallies in regions and would organize large columns of demonstrators
to help those who wish to join the rallies in Yerevan, if things
continue to develop according to the same scenario.

CSTO intends to cooperate with NATO in fighting terrorism

CSTO intends to cooperate with NATO in fighting terrorism

ITAR-TASS

By Tigran Liloyan
YEREVAN
April 10, 2004

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) intends to
cooperate with NATO in fighting terrorism, drugs trafficking and other
threats, the CSTO’s Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said here on
Saturday summing up his working visit to Armenia.

“Nowadays every country is facing common problems and challenges and
it does not matter if a country plans to enter NATO or is a member of
the CSTO.”

He said, “There is no military threat now but there are totally
different threats instead. Drugs and terrorism are the most
troublesome threats for all countries, including those in the
Caucasus.”

The CSTO leadership understands that “NATO is an active player. This
is a structure which is present both in Central Asia and
Transcaucasia,” Bordyuzha said.

That is why the CSTO “supposes to cooperate with NATO in order to
double efforts in fighting terrorism, drugs trafficking, illegal
migration, trade in human beings, organized crime groups,
proliferation of arms and explosives,” Bordyuzha said.

Ankara Will Not Establish Relations with Yerevan: Turk Amb. to Baku

ANKARA WILL NOT ESTABLISH RELATIONS WITH YEREVAN: TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO BAKU

BAKU, APRIL 10. ARMINFO. In his conversation with journalists in Baku,
Turkish Ambassador denied reported plans of opening state border
between Turkey and Armenia, TURAN reports. He said that Ankara’s
position was remaining unchanged: Ankara would not establish relations
with Yerevan until Armenia does not show willingness to establishment
of good neighboring relations and occupies a constructive position on
Karabakh settlement.

According to unofficial reports, I.Aliyev will visit Ankara on 13-15
April.