EX-ARMENIAN TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER AWARDED RUSSIAN RAILWAYS ORDER

ARKA
November 2, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, November 2, /ARKA/. Andranik Manukian, Armenia's ambassador
to Ukraine, who served earlier as transport and communications
minister, was awarded a Russian order for his contribution to
development of government-owned Russian Railways Company, the South
Caucasus Railways (SCR) company, running Armenian railroads, said
in a press release. It said Manukian was awarded first degree order
For Merits in Development of OAO Russian Railways company by its CEO
Vladimir Yakunin.


SCR chief executive director, Shevket Shaydulin, was quoted as saying
that 'it is a serious decoration recognizing Mr. Manukian's weighty
contribution to securing the sustainable operation of Russian and
other CIS member countries' railroads and also in recognition of
his input to strengthening of business and friendly relations between
Armenia and Russia.'

Andranik Manukian was quoted as saying that he was proud that the
decision to place Armenian railroads under concessional management
of Russian Railways was passed during his tenure of minister.


'I hope that Armenia will eventually have a developed railroad
system,' he said.


The South Caucasus Railways is run by Russian Railways. The
concessional agreement was concluded in 2008 for 30 years, with a
right of extension for another 20 years after the first 20 years
of operation.




From: A. Papazian