ARKA News Agency, Armenia
May 5 2006


RIA Novosti managers express condolences to Armenian President

British FM expresses condolences to Armenian FM

May 5-6 declared days of mourning in NKR

Armenian Ombudsman expresses his condolences to relatives of air
crash victims

French Premier expresses condolences to Armenia

Special accounts for support of families of air crash victims opened
in 3 Armenian banks

Special account is opened in Armenian finance ministry's treasury
unit to raise money for families of armenian aircraft crash victims

Ukraine interested in construction of Iran-Armenia gas main

Russian Side must decipher blackboxes of crashed Armenian plane

Hayastan All Armenian fund lavishes $25 thousand to families of
Armenian airbus A320 crash

Armenian Government allocates amd 2 million to culture ministry for
organizing competition for national anthem music and text

Iranian President expresses deep condolences on occasion of air crash
of Armenian airbus killing all passengers and crew

Armenian Assembly of Armenia extenbds condolences to relatives of air
crash victims

ARKA News Agency releases regular issue of bulletin `Credit
institutions of Armenia' for 1st quarter of 2006

French Foreign Minister sends condolences to Armenia on Armenian
plane crash in Black Sea

Armenian Ramkavar-Azatakan party mourns for 113 people killed in
Armenian aircraft crash

Tajikistani President expresses condolences to families of Armenian
plane crash near Sochi

Levitin can't say yet what are chances of raising "flight recorder"
of crashed A-320

Monument in memory of A-320 air crash victims built in Sochi

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RIA NOVOSTI MANAGERS EXPRESS CONDOLENCES TO ARMENIAN PRESIDENT

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. The managers of the Russian RIA Novosti News
Agency have expressed their condolences to RA President Robert
Kocharyan on the crash of the Armenian airplane.
`Accept our sincere condolences on the death of people as a result of
the crash of the A-320 plane. We share the grief and express our
compassion and support to the entire Armenian people,' says a message
addressed by Acting Director General of RIA Novosti Sergey
Vykhokhulev. P.T. -0--

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BRITISH FM EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO ARMENIAN FM

Yerevan, May 6. /ARKA/. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw expressed
his condolences to his Armenian counterpart Vardan Oskanyan on the
crash of the Armenian airplane.
On behalf of the British Government and people, he expressed his
condolences, sharing the grief with the victims' families. P.T. -0--

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MAY 5-6 DECLARED DAYS OF MOURNING IN NKR

STEPANAKERT, May 6. /ARKA/. May 5-6, 2006, have been declared days of
mourning in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) in connection with
the crash of the Armenian airplane.
The NKR state flag is lowered to half-mast on all the official
buildings during days of mourning. P.T. -0--

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ARMENIAN OMBUDSMAN EXPRESSES HIS CONDOLENCES TO RELATIVES OF AIR
CRASH VICTIMS

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Armenian Ombudsman Armen Harutunyan expressed
his condolences to relatives of the air crash victims from the
Armenian airbus A-320 near the Russian city of Sochi.
The A-320 airbus of the Armenian `Armavia' Air Company making a
flight Yerevan-Sochi crashed over Black Sea nearing `Adler'
international airport. 113 people on board were killed. R.O. --

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FRENCH PREMIER EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO ARMENIA

Yerevan, May 6. /ARKA/. French Premier Dominik De Vilpen has
expressed his condolences to RA Premier Andranik Margaryan on the
crash of the Armenian airplane.
`With profound excitement did I know about the tragedy with the A-320
plane, which claimed over 100 lives, mostly of Armenian citizens,'
the French Premier's message says. P.T. --0--

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SPECIAL ACCOUNT IS OPENED IN ARMENIAN FINANCE MINISTRY'S TREASURY
UNIT TO RAISE MONEY FOR FAMILIES OF ARMENIAN AIRCRAFT CRASH VICTIMS

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. A special account is opened in Armenian
Finance and Economy Ministry's Treasury Unit to raise money for
families of Armenian aircraft crash victims.
Governmental press service told ARKA News Agency that all those
wanting to participate in this campaign can transfer money to account
900013017026.
A320, Armenian Armavia Air Company's jet, crashed into the Black Sea
Tuesday night. All 113 on board were killed in the crash. 77 of them
were Armenian citizens. M.V. -0---

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SPECIAL ACCOUNTS FOR SUPPORT OF FAMILIES OF AIR CRASH VICTIMS OPENED
IN 3 ARMENIAN BANKS

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Special accounts in AMD, RUR, USD and EUR for
support of the families of the air crash victims were opened in three
Armenian banks.
Transfers in RUR can be made to the Armsavingsbank's account - 160 48
200 54 53; at Armeconombank - to the USD account - 16 300 81 23 743,
and to EUR - 16 300 81 23 750. The following account also was opened
at the Armenian Inecobank - 20 500 22 17 060 1003
Prior to transferring money to the special accounts, persons wishing
to support should contact the bank and receive necessary details (by
fax or email).
The Treasury of the RA Ministry of Finance and Economy also opened
the special account - 900013017026.
The airbus A-320 of `Armavia' Air Company crashed over Black Sea near
the city of Sochi at night at Wednesday night. R.O. --0--

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UKRAINE INTERESTED IN CONSTRUCTION OF IRAN-ARMENIA GAS MAIN

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Ukraine is interested in the construction of
the Iran-Armenia gas main, Ukrainian Ambassador to Armenia Alexander
Bozhko told reporters.
`At present, any country of the world, including Ukraine, is
interested in alternative sources of energy,' Bozhko said.
According to him, Ukraine is carrying out measures, including
negotiations with Iran, aimed at the construction of a gas main in
Ukraine.
`However, the construction of the pipeline requires huge investments,
and some kind of `dependence' of the project on large European
investors and banks is obvious at this point,' Bozhko said.
The construction of the Iran-Armenia gas main is estimated at
$120mln. The construction is expected to be completed in 2007. P.T.
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RUSSIAN SIDE MUST DECIPHER BLACKBOXES OF CRASHED ARMENIAN PLANE

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. The Russian side must decipher the blackboxes
of the crashed Armenian airplane if they are found, Press Secretary
of the RA Chief Department of Civil Aviation Gayane Davtyan told
ARKA.
`The investigator-side is supposed to decipher the blackboxes,' she
said.
`The Russian side has initiated criminal proceeding and is conducting
investigation,' Davtyan said. According to her, the Armenia side can
only take part in this process. She added that the blackboxes have
not yet been found. P.T. -0--

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HAYASTAN ALL ARMENIAN FUND LAVISHES $25 THOUSAND TO FAMILIES OF
ARMENIAN AIRBUS A320 CRASH

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Hayastan All Armenian Fund decided Friday to
give $25 thousand to families of Armenian Airbus A320 crash victims.
The Fund's press service told ARKA News Agency that the mentioned
amount is an initial sum to be given to the victims' families and
that the Fund intends to continue assisting the families.
The Fund was established in 1992. 220km of roads, 130 km of water
channels, 36 schools, 3 electric power substations, 210 apartment
blocks and 14 medical centers have been constructed since then. M.V.
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IRANIAN PRESIDENT EXPRESSES DEEP CONDOLENCES ON OCCASION OF AIR CRASH
OF ARMENIAN AIRBUS KILLING ALL PASSENGERS AND CREW
YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad
expressed deep condolences to Armenia on the occasion of the air
crash of the Armenian airbus near the Russian seaside resort Sochi
killing all the passengers and the crew.
According to a report of Presidential Office Media Department, the
president in his message to President Robert Kocharian asked for
God's mercy and blessing for victims and patience for the bereaved
families. Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi expressed his condolences to the Armenian
Government.
According to reports, an Armenian Airbus A-320 carrying 113
passengers and crew crashed in the Black Sea near the south Russian
seaside resort of Sochi in heavy rain on Wednesday killing all on
board. R.O. -0--

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ARMENIAN GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES AMD 2 MILLION TO CULTURE MINISTRY FOR
ORGANIZING COMPETITION FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM MUSIC AND TEXT

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Armenian Government has allocated AMD 2
million to Culture Ministry for organizing competition for national
anthem music and text and for paying prices to the competition
winners - AMD 700 thousand to text author and the same amount to
music author, governmental press service said Thursday.
Armenian Prime Minister has decided set up for dealing with this
matter.
Present anthem Our Motherland was approved on July 1, 1991. The
author of poems is Armenian democrat poet Mikael Nalbandyan
(1829-1866). ($1 - AMD 445.61). M.V. --0--

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ARKA NEWS AGENCY RELEASES REGULAR ISSUE OF BULLETIN `CREDIT
INSTITUTIONS OF ARMENIA' FOR 1ST QUARTER OF 2006

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. The `ARKA' News Agency has released a regular
issue of the financial-economic bulletin `Credit Institutions of
Armenia' for the 1st quarter of 2006. This quarterly product contains
the financial reforms of credit institutions officially published in
the press.
The bulletin contains about 20 pages of tables and consists of 12
parts.
1. General characteristics of credit institutions. 2. Assets. 3.
Liabilities. 4. Capital 5. Profit/Losses. 6. Information of flow of
funds. 7. Normative indicators of credit institutions' activities. 8.
Capitalization indices. 9. Profitability indices. 10. Summarized
indices of credit institutions' activities (summary). 11. Summarized
indices of credit institutions' efficiency. 12. Main services of
credit institutions.
The information contained in the bulletin presents a general picture
of the Armenian credit institutions' financial situation and allows a
comparative analysis of their activities to be made. The product also
contains technical and methodological commentary on the tables.
The ARKA Ness Agency has been publishing the quarterly bulletin `Main
indicators of banks of Armenia' since 1999. Since March 2005, ARKA
has been publishing the quarterly bulletin `Credit institutions of
Armenia'. P.T. -0--

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ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY OF ARMENIA EXTENBDS CONDOLENCES TO RELATIVES OF AIR
CRASH VICTIMS

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. On behalf of the leaders, members and staff
members of the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), Chairman of the
AAA Board of Trustees Hrair Hovhannesyan extended condolences to the
relatives and friends of the victims of the crash of the Armenian
airplane.
The tragedy is a great loss for the Armenian people. `We remember you
and grieving with you, says the AAA's message. P.T. -0--

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ARMENIAN RAMKAVAR-AZATAKAN PARTY MOURNS FOR 113 PEOPLE KILLED IN
ARMENIAN AIRCRAFT CRASH

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. Armenian Ramkavar-Azatakan party mourns for
113 people killed in Armenian aircraft crash.
The party feels deep regret and sympathy with the victims of the
crash and expresses condolences to their families, Armenian people,
President Kocharyan, Armenian Apostolic Church leader Catholicos
Garegin II.
`We wish the victims' relatives courage and patience', the message
says.
A320, a jet owned by Armavia Armenian Air Company, fell en rout from
Yerevan to Russian resort of Sochi and plunged into the Black Sea
early on Wednesday as it tried to land at an airport near Sochi. All
113 aboard the jet - 105 passengers and 8 crew members - are dead.
M.V. -0----

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FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER SENDS CONDOLENCES TO ARMENIA ON ARMENIAN
PLANE CRASH IN BLACK SEA

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy
sent condolences to Armenia on Armenian plane crash in Black Sea.
He expressed sympathy with families and relatives of those killed in
the crash.
A320, jet owned by Armavia Armenian Air Company, with 113 on board
plunged into the Black Sea Tuesday night near Russian resort of
Sochi. None of passengers and crew survived. M.V.-0--

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LEVITIN CAN'T SAY YET WHAT ARE CHANCES OF RAISING "FLIGHT RECORDER"
OF CRASHED A-320

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. RF Minister of Transport Igor Levitin can't
say yet to estimate chances of raising flight recorders of -320
plane crashed above Black Sea.
"I am not ready yet to say... As far as examples of lifting of crafts
from such depth... Yesterday we inquired for all air crashes above
seas all over the world during recent 10 years. There is no
experience of lifting crafts from such depth. There are devices,
which may lift from about 1000 m depth, but as for crafts, there is
no such thing", Levitin stated, while answering to questions of
journalists.
According to preliminary data, parts of -320 are at a depth of 680
meters, RIA-Novosti reports. S.P. -0--

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TAJIKISTANI PRESIDENT EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO FAMILIES OF ARMENIAN
PLANE CRASH NEAR SOCHI

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmonov has
expressed condolences to families of Armenian plane crash near Sochi,
Tajik presidential press service told RIA Novosti Thursday morning.
In his message sent to Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, Rahmonov
said that Tajikistan is deeply saddened by this tragic loss.
A320, a jet owned by Armavia Armenian Air Company, fell en rout from
Yerevan to Russian resort of Sochi and plunged into the Black Sea
early on Wednesday as it tried to land at an airport near Sochi. All
113 aboard the jet - 105 passengers and 8 crew members - are dead.
M.V. -0----

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MONUMENT IN MEMORY OF A-320 AIR CRASH VICTIMS BUILT IN SOCHI

YEREVAN, May 5. /ARKA/. A monument in the memory of the A-320 air
crash victims will be build in Sochi, Russian Minister of Transport
Igor Levitin told reporters.
"The decision to erect the monument here, in Sochi, was made by
request the victims' families," he said.
"The Mayor of Sochi promises to choose a place in the shortest
possible time. The proposal was supported by the governor of
Krasnodar region," Levitin reported.
According to him, "this will be the place that can always be attended
by the victims' relatives and friends".
113 people were killed in the air crash of A-320 airbus of the
Armenian "Armavia" air company at night on Wednesday. Friday was
declared the day of mourning in Russian and Armenia. The mourning
will last during two days in Armenia - 5 and 6 May. R.O. -0--