ARMENIA'S CONTROL CHAMBER DETECTS LAND USE LAW VIOLATIONS IN ARMAVIR REGION

ARKA
July 1, 2009

YEREVAN, July 1. /ARKA/. The Control Chamber of Armenia (CCA) has
detected a number of violations to the land use law, said CCA Chairman
Ishkhan Zakaryan, citing 2007-2008 checkups in Armavir region.

"The region faces major problems with land purchase transactions,"
he was quoted as saying at a press conference on Tuesday.

Zakaryan also cited cases of land price underestimations, with 60
hectares of land being sold at 6mln drams and resold at 28.5mln drams
in five days.

According to the CCA chairman, in Parakar village (famous for its
gambling halls and entertainment centers) casino owners bought land
at 6 drams per hectare.

Zakaryan said the chamber had detected violations in the mechanization
procurement sector.

Village dwellers sold obsolete equipment at high prices, Zakaryan
said, adding prices ranged from 200,000 drams to 5mln drams. "If
the village administration wanted to expand its park, it could
procure state-of-the-art equipment at the same price," Zakaryan
concluded. ($1-360.06 drams)