ARKA News Agency
Sept 2 2004


RA Government approves program of activities at World Universal
Exposition in Japan in 2005

Armenia and Poland to join their efforts in fight against criminality

RA President Robert Kocharyan condemns taking hostages in Beslan

Banking rate in Armenia remains unchanged - 16% annually

A. Ghukasyan: long lasting peace is necessary for the constructive
life in NKR

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RA GOVERNMENT APPROVES PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES AT WORLD UNIVERSAL
EXPOSITION IN JAPAN IN 2005

YEREVAN, September 2. /ARKA/. RA Government approved program of
activities at World Universal Exposition in Japan in 2005, RA
Government press office told ARKA.
2005 World Exposition to open on March 25 and will last 185 days.
L.D. --0--

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ARMENIA AND POLAND TO JOIN THEIR EFFORTS IN FIGHT AGAINST CRIMINALITY


YEREVAN, September 2. /ARKA/. The RA Government approved the signing
of intergovernmental agreement with Poland on cooperation in fight
against criminality, according to the Press Service and Public
Relations Department of RA Government. L.V.--0--

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RA PRESIDENT ROBERT KOCHARYAN CONDEMNS TAKING HOSTAGES IN BESLAN

YEREVAN, September, 2. /ARKA/. RA President Robert Kocharyan condemns
taking hostages in Beslan, the city of Osetia. According to RA
President's Press Service Department, this was stated in the telegram
of Kocharyan sent to RF President V. Putin on Wednesday. "The news of
taking pupils, their parents and teachers as hostages in Beslan was
received with bitter denunciation in Armenia. By taking children as
hostages, the terrorists challenge the whole civilized world. During
these hours the Armenian people share the pain of Russians", as
stated in the telegram. We severely condemn any terrorism and express
our support to Russian people and Government of RF in their struggle
against this evil", Kocharyan stated. A.H. -0--

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BANKING RATE IN ARMENIA REMAINS UNCHANGED - 16% ANNUALLY

YEREVAN, September 2. /ARKA/. Since September 1 the banking rate in
Armenia remains unchanged at 16% annually. As it is mentioned in the
press release provided by the Press Service of the Central Bank of
Armenia to ARKA, this rate was determined by the decree of the
Chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia. T.M. -0--

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A. GHUKASYAN: LONG LASTING PEACE IS NECESSARY FOR THE CONSTRUCTIVE
LIFE IN NKR

YEREVAN, September, 2. /ARKA/. Long lasting peace is necessary for
the constructive life in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), as it was
stated in the message of NKR President Arkadi Ghukasyan on the
occasion of the Day of NKR. According to NKR President's Press
Service Department, the message states: "Taking an opportunity, I
again confirm the adherence of the NKR authorities to peace
settlement of the conflict with Azerbaijan. I think that if the
Azerbaijani authorities have a good will to settle the conflict on
mutually acceptable terms, then the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group
could have positive results". "The authorities of the country will
continue paying attention to the issues of strengthening the NKR
Defense Army. The command post military exercises of our army,
equipped by the most modern armament, held in August 2004,
demonstrated to the enemy of Artsakh high military efficiency of our
army and its ability to solve the most difficult tasks to ensure the
safety of NKR and its people", as stated in the message.
According to Ghukasyan, "13 years ago the people of Artsakh made a
historic choice to have free and independent NKR. The rightfulness of
the choice is proved by the time marked by incredible efforts of the
Artsakh people to defend the young republic from external aggression,
to overcome hard consequences of the destroying war, and to improve
the economy of NKR, its social and cultural areas. The success of the
Artsakh people in building democratic state hasn't remained unnoticed
on the part of progressive powers abroad. The fact that NKR is not
recognized is not a cause for the majority of them to have a biased
attitude to NKR. It's pleasant that the number of our friends abroad
as well as that of our sincere well-wishers grows day by day".
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