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David Petrosyan: "No bicameral parliament in Armenia"

A lot of people nowadays are discussing the initiative to establish an Armenian senate, which will be a second chamber in the parliament of Armenia. Senators will be elected from the members of the Armenian diaspora abroad. The VK correspondent in Yerevan has asked David Petrosyan, a political analyst of the Noyan Tapan news agency, to share his opinions on the issue.

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Armenia extradited 24 Iranian convicts to Iran on February 11, thepress-secretary of the Justice Ministry, Karine Kalantaryan, told NewsArmenia.She noted that Armenia had over 70 prisoners from Iran. The sides areplanning to sign agreements on extraditing them.Armenian prisons hold over 200 foreign prisoners. The Justice Ministryordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to work onextraditing them to their homelands.

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In the Iranian capital, and several other cities in the countryclashes took place between demonstrators and police, Trend reports,referring to the official website of the Iranian opposition,Kaleme.com. According to the information, clashes between police andprotesters took place in Tehran and in Esfahan. Police have arresteddozens of demonstrators in the capital, the number of the detained isincreasing every hour. Earlier, the Iranian police used tear gas todisperse the participants gathered in Tehran.

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Explosion occurred on Monday evening at a village police station in Karabudakhkent district of Dagestan. As a result of the explosion, one officer of the Russian Interior Ministry was killed, several injured, four are in the hospital. The bomb was set in motion by a female suicide bomber, told RIA Novosti the Dagestani Interior Ministry.

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NATO does not intend to participate in the settlement of theNagorno-Karabakh conflict, a special representative of the NATOSecretary General for Relations with the Countries of the Caucasus andCentral Asia, James Appathurai, said on Monday, RIA Novosti reports.He added that the alliance does not intend to participate in theconflicts centered on South Ossetia and Abkhazia either.

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The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the establishment ofthe Republican Ministry for Construction and Highways, as well as thetransformation of the Ministry of Forestry into a department under thecontrol of the Ministry of Agriculture, Yuga.ru reports.According to Ramzan Kadyrov, these changes are due to unsatisfactorywork in specialized industries, the press service of the Chechenleadership reports. The Ministry for Construction and Highways will beheaded by the vice prime minister, Abubakar Tumhadzhiev. The vice

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The inhabitants of the republic of Chechnya are making a masspilgrimage to the holy places on the eve of the birthday of theProphet Muhammad, RIA Novosti reports.The Chechen authorities will provide pilgrims with free transport onTuesday, as well as organize free meals at the main mosque in Groznyfor the participants of the celebratory events.Chechnya began to celebrate the religious holiday widely a few yearsago, on the initiative of President Ramzan Kadyrov. From the beginning

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul is planning to write a letter to hisArmenian counterpart, Serzh Sargsyan, requesting Armenia to supportthe candidate from Turkey for the post of Secretary General of theOSCE. Ambassador Ersin Ercin, the candidate for the post, willpersonally deliver the letter to Sargsyan, ANS reports.Ercin, whose visit to Armenia is expected in March, said that theletter from Gul "will be a gesture of goodwill towards Armenia."Besides Ercin, 3 other candidates will be considered for the post of

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Law enforcement officers in Dagestan conducted a special operationtoday in the village of Sulak near Kizilyurt, RIA Novosti reports,with reference to the representative of the information center of theNational Antiterrorism Committee.As a result of the operation, a militant who had been surrounded in afive-storey house was killed.

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This afternoon, February 14, the head of Karachay-Cherkessia, Boris Ebzeev, was urgently evacuated from the headquarters of the local government in Cherkessk, where the intelligence agencies are looking for a bomb, Yuga.ru reports. An e-mail claiming explosive devices had been placed in the building was sent to a governmental official. The investigation showed that the message was a hoax, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Kazim Baybanov, told RIA Novosti.

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Opposition rallies are taking place in Tehran, Trend reports,referring to the official website of the opposition, Kaleme.com.According to the site, meetings are being held on Liberty, Azadi andInglab Squares.Earlier today, Iranian police surrounded the house of the leader ofthe Iranian opposition, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and blocked all phonelines, to prevent him from participating in a rally in support of theEgyptian protesters, according to Kaleme.com.

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Georgia begins the process of reconsidering the concept of security,Georgia Online reports the parliamentary speaker David Bakradze astelling the parliamentary bureau.According to him, the concept of national security is a "living"document and requires constant reviewing and changes, according to thethreats faced by the country.

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The Constitutional Court of Armenia will consider extension of presence of the Russian military base in Gyumri tomorrow, News Armenia reports.Russia and Yerevan signed the protocol on amendments to the deal during the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Yerevan on August 20, 2010. The agreement on presence of the military base in Gyumri was signed in 1995. The amendments extended presence of the base by 49 years, until 2046, starting from ratification in 1997.

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Ali Bagiri, member of the Islamic Revolution Organization of Patriots, has been arrested, the organization’s website Kaleme.com reports.Bageri was the acting head of the opposition during the rule of ex-President Mohammad Khatami.Iranian police surrounded the house of Hussein Musavi, leader of Iranian opposition, on Monday and blocked all telephone lines to prevent him from supporting Egyptian protesters.Musavi’s wife, Zakhre Rakhnavard, was blocked from entering the house.

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A criminal case was initiated on murder of a candidate for the parliament of Adygeya from the Fair Russia Party from the electoral district N27 of Shovgenevsky District, Khajimos Khachetsukov, was initiated on Saturday. Investigation says that the murder has nothing to do with politics, spokesman of the Russian Investigation Committee says.The candidate was found dead in Maikop on February 12. Investigators believe that he was shot dead for business activities. The murderers may get up to 15 years of prison.The elections will be held on March 13, 2011.

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Last Saturday, The New York Times published an entitled 'Georgians Build Ties With Russian Caucasus'. It touches upon the opening of Russian-language First Caucasus News TV channel. Its target audience includes viewers north of its border, in the mountainous and restive Russian region known as the North Caucasus. A previous Russian-language channel, called First Caucasian, went off the air last year when its French satellite operator backed out of a deal, saying it had received a better offer from Russia's Gazprom Media Group.

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The Georgian and Saudi Arabian Ministers of Foreign Affairs have heldtheir first talks in Riyadh, Trend reports.The Georgian delegation is headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister DavidJalagania. It is the first visit of a Georgian delegation to SaudiArabia.

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Turkey and Georgia will simplify the rules for border crossing.Foreign passports will no longer be needed to cross the border fromMay, Georgia Online reports.The decision was made at a meeting of Georgian President MikheilSaakashvili and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.The sides discussed the expansion of economic cooperation and regionalsecurity. They also discussed the improvement of bilateral relationsand development of integration processes in the Tans-Caucasus region.

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