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Rasim Musabekov: "Compromise obligatory before OSCE summit in Astana"

Active mediation of Russia in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict gave a new impulse in the negotiations of the conflicting sides. The Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will meet presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia separately on the 17th and 18th of November. The joint meeting of the three presidents will take place at the OSCE summit in Astana on the 1st and 2nd of December. The heads of the countries are preparing to this event, at the same time the analysts and observers wait for a breaking through decision on the most protracted conflict in the post-Soviet area.

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Armrosgazprom does not rule out becoming the purchaser of theNorth-South gas pipeline section located in Georgia, press-secretaryof Armrosgazprom Shushan Sardaryan said, News Armenia – NEWS.amreports.Commenting on whether the purchase of the pipeline by Azerbaijan orany other country would be a threat to gas supplies to Armenia,Sardaryan said that she sees no threats, as the gas supplies areregulated based on an agreement.

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The Armenian Apostolic Church did not receive recognition in Georgia. "We will not give the Echmiadzin church official status in Georgia," Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights and Civil Integration Elene Tevdoradze said at the conference "The Armenian community in Tbilisi: Problems and Prospects", reports Armenia Today, citing "Echo of the Caucasus" radio. Tevdoradze advised the Armenian community to intensify its work with young people: "Naturally, we have huge problems. But let us think about how we, together with you, the Armenian community, can help our citizens of

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President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is starting a two-day working visit to Moscow, where he is to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, RIA Novosti reports quoting the press service of the Armenian state.The meeting with Medvedev is scheduled for tomorrow, November 17. On the same day the President of Armenia will participate in the IV congress of the Union of Armenians in Russia, dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the organization.

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The European Commission and Eurochambres (Association of European Chambers of Commerce) have signed a contract worth 8.75 million euros for the East-Invest project, Trend reports, with reference to the information resource of the Neighbourhood Programme (ENPI), with reference to EuropeAid. The draft East-Invest program, in which the European Union is to invest 7 million euros from November 2010 to November 2013, covers Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  The project aims at promoting the economic development of the Eastern Neighbourho

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By decision of the Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, new appointments have been made in the educational institutions of the Holy Echmiadzin and monasteries, Novosti Armenia reports,referring to the press office of the Holy Echmiadzin. According to the report, Bishop Saak Mashalyan was appointed on permanent service to Constantinople. Archimandrite Gevorg Saroyan replaced Mashalyan in the the position of inspector of the Gevorgyan Seminary.

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The US is interested in American companies participating in the construction of a new unit of an Armenian nuclear power plant, Dan Rosenblum,  Coordinator of US Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, said at a press conference in Yerevan, ARKA reports.Armenia plans to build a new nuclear power unit with a capacity of up to 1GW. According to the Ministry of Energy of Armenia, the project is set to cost about $5 billion.In order to attract foreign capital for the project, in 2006 the Armenian parliament abolished the state monopoly on ownership of the new nuclear power unit.

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Armenian Minister of Transport and Communication Manuk Vardanyan willtake part in the 30th anniversary session of the CoordinatingTransport Council of the CIS in Moscow on November 17, within theframework of the 4th international universal transport meeting"Transport of Russia", News Armenia reports, citing Armenian ministry.The council will have representatives of the largest companies andinvestment organizations of the transport sphere to discussrealization of Armenian transport programs.

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The Armenian parliament has introduced a bill on state customs feesfor the final reading on Tuesday, which concerns Armenian diplomaticoffices and consulates, News Armenia reports.Armenian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shavarsh Kocharyan saidthat the changes will lift functions and services from consulates andembassies which are not being realized and providing them withservices they have recently started offering.

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Armenian Premier Tigran Sarkisyan will visit Saint Petersburg onNovember 19 to take part in the Inter-Government Council of theEurAsian Economic Community, News.am reports.Heads of governments of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia andTajikistan, premiers of observer countries such as Moldova, Ukraine,Armenia, will also be at the meeting.

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The Armenian president, Serzh Sargsyan, has visited the defensive forces of the country and of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, NewsArmenia reports, citing the president's press-service.In Karabakh he watched manoeuvres of the Armenian army, checked fortifications and participated in a ceremony handing apartments over to army personnel. 

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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visited Calcutta on November 12, within the framework of his official visit to India, PanARMENIAN reports.The Minister held a meeting with West Bengal governor Mayankote Kelath Narayanan. During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibility of expansion of decentralized cooperation between Armenia and India, as well as cooperation perspectives of West Bengal with one of Armenia's regions.

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The Fund for National Competitiveness of Armenia today came to anagreement with the British consulting firm AECOM, in respect of adevelopment strategy for the Southern Corridor, News.am reports.It is envisaged that by developing tourist destinations in the region,a trip to the south of Armenia, which lasts 4-6 hours, will probablyturn into an interesting four-day journey.According to the Executive Director of the Fund, Becor Papazian, theBritish company will be paid 80 thousand pounds according to thecontract.

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The K-Telecom Armenian mobile operator (brand Vivacell-MTS), asubsidiary of Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile Tele Systems(MTS), is the first to receive frequencies for fourth-generationnetwork construction, the LTE standard in Armenia, RIA Novostireports, referring to the MTS.The operator plans to launch a special test zone for the LTE incentral Yerevan by the 1st of December 2010. The test zone will helpto determine actual available reception speeds of the LTE network, thenetwork’s functioning, the stability of the handover (the transition

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The first president of post-Soviet Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosian, theformer head of Armenia from 1991 to 1998, will put forward hiscandidacy from the Armenian National Congress (ANC) at extraordinarypresidential elections, said the coordinator of the oppositionmovement, Levon Zurabian, RIA Novosti reports.According to the constitution, the next presidential elections inArmenia will be held in 2013.The Armenian National Congress (ANC), headed by the first president ofArmenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan, was founded on the 1st of August, 2008.

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The Azerbaijani Film Festival, which was scheduled to start today, hasbeen disrupted in Yerevan. As the organizer of the festival, thechairman of the Caucasian Centre for Peace Initiatives Georgy Vaniansaid, the owner of the theatre refused to rent the space to thefestival at the last moment, 1news.az reports, referring to the“Azatyutyun” radio station.On the eve of the event, Georgy Vanian announced that the filmsscheduled to be shown at the festival will have nothing to do with thetopic of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Armenian wine is still uncompetitive on the international market, thechairman of the Union of Armenian Winemakers, Avag Arutyunyan said,News-Armenia reports."First of all, the reason is that we do not have good professionals inthe field of winemaking. However, if so desired this issue could besolved within three to four years. Secondly, we do not have moderntechnical equipment. The equipment we have in Armenia is more than 30years old," the head of the Union said.According to him, one of the major problems regards grape varieties,

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