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    June 17 2011

    Armenian Government disapproves draft making amendments to law `On
    foreign citizens'

    June 17, 2011 | 14:29

    YEREVAN. - MPs from Armenian National Assembly Samvel Balasanyan
    (Prosperous Armenia Party), Tachat Vardapetyan (Republican Party of
    Armenia) proposed to make amendments to the law `On foreign citizen'
    for Armenian citizens of neighbor Georgia could arrive in Armenia
    without receiving status designed for foreign citizens.

    It was also proposed to allow these citizens to come to Armenia by
    their own cars, without restrictions under Article 38 of the Customs
    Code. According to the MPs, the adoption of the bill aims to improve
    relations between Armenians in Georgia and the homeland. According to
    them, the bill will provide an opportunity to remove obstacles for a
    temporary stay of Armenians in Georgia, in particular,
    Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli.

    The MPs stressed the adoption of the bill is also conditioned by
    foreign political motives, aimed at stemming the outflow of Armenians
    from Javakheti.

    However, the government disapproved the draft bill. According to
    Armenia's Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan such a biased
    attitude is unacceptable. Moreover, Armenia's legislation provides
    free stay of Georgian citizens within certain period, whereas
    unlimited stay without legal status will create confusion.