ARKA News Agency
Sept 29 2004

Exhibition of NKR artists takes place in Stepanakert

Armenia joins the project of exchange of radio-journals in South
caucasus

Confederation of graduates of Melkoniantsi International calls to not
to allow its closing

Draft law on ecological expertise to be discussed in Armenia

Two-day international conference "South Caucasus as Part of Enlarged
Europe" to be held on September 30 in Yerevan

Awards delivered to veteran of WWII on honor of 60th anniversary of
liberation of Belarus today in Yerevan

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EXHIBITION OF NKR ARTISTS TAKES PLACE IN STEPANAKERT

STEPANAKERT, September 29. /ARKA/. Exhibition of NKR artists took
place in Stepanakert, the Chairman of NKR Artists' Union Lenord
Zakharian stated today. According to him, it is third and last
exhibition this year. The next one will be conducted in March 2005.
"We want to exhibit only new works that is why the time split is so
big", he explained.
Newly elected Mayor of Stepanakert Eudard Agabekian in his turn noted
big contribution of artists in development of Artsakh culture,
propaganda of art outside the country. He stressed that the
exhibitions will be organized more often. L.D. --0

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ARMENIA JOINS THE PROJECT OF EXCHANGE OF RADIO-JOURNALS IN SOUTH
CAUCASUS

YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. Armenia joins the project of exchange
of radio-journals in South Caucasus, Coordinator of the Project of
British NGO "Peace Researces" Helen Kuk stated today at the press
conference. According to her, the advantage of the journals is that
it is not a political genre, but an example of so called "people's
broadcast". According to her, in the regions with conflict, there is
lack of information on life of people by both sides of the conflict.
"Sincere stories of ordinary people's lives allow filling existing
vacuum, overcome stereotypes in people's mentalities and are very
important in the view of psychological rehabilitation of society that
suffered conflict", Kuk said.
In the whole, about 20 channels in all countries of the region will
broadcast audio-journals, and the materials will be translated in
several languages, so they could be understood outside the region as
well.
Radio-journals is an original genre of programs, first appeared at
BBC in the beginning of 90s. It is sincere stories of people recorded
without journalists. The length of one journal makes 3-5 minutes.
The project is coordinated by British NGO Peace Resources in
financial support of Global Fund on Prevention of Conflicts and Swiss
Agency for Cooperation and International Development. L.D. --0

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CONFEDERATION OF GRADUATES OF MELKONIANTSI INTERNATIONAL CALLS TO NOT
TO ALLOW ITS CLOSING

YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. Confederation of graduates of
Melkoniantsi International calls to not to allow its closing. The
statement says that organization raises the issue of closing of
acting institution in Cyprus during General Assembly of Armenian
Charity Union that will take place on Oct 1-8 in Yerevan. According
to the organization, closing of the institution with 78-year history
will lead to a loss of small part of Armenian nation and break the
last will of Karapet Melkonian as of 1925. The press release notes
that similar attitude of ACU GA to Armenians has been several times
discussed in Armenian press and by some Armenian political parties,
the Government of Cyprus and representatives of ACU. Namely, the
Chairman of Belgium Department of ACU refused of his position and
Swiss Department of the Union condemned the decision. "It is no doubt
that Melkonian is the most important and most famous Armenian school
in the world that gave leaders of Armenian communities, teachers,
academicians, doctors, art figures, state servants", press release
notes. Confederation of graduates of Melkoniantsi International
expressed hope that the delegates of the General Assembly will cancel
the decision. L.D. --0

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DRAFT LAW ON ECOLOGICAL EXPERTISE TO BE DISCUSSED IN ARMENIA

YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. The draft law on ecological expertise
will be discussed in Armenia, as ARKA was told in Transparency
International, the Armenian branch of the regional center of
development. The draft law as well as the draft of the sub-law act is
developed by Transparency International in the frames of the program
"legislation perfection in the area of the evaluation of an impact on
the environment", sponsored by GB Government. RA Ministry of
Environmental Protection together with some Ministries and NGOs
participated in the development of the draft laws. A.H. 0--

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TWO-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "SOUTH CAUCASUS AS PART OF ENLARGED
EUROPE" TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 30 IN YEREVAN

YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. Two-day international conference
"South Caucasus as Part of Enlarged Europe" to be held on September
30 in Yerevan. The conference is organized by Department of Public
Diplomacy of NATO with support of Finnish Foreign Ministry. As
SPECTRUM Strategic Analyses Center told ARKA, in the frames of the
conference there will be discussed a number of issues related to
South Caucasus with NATO and EU. The conference will be attended by
Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament Tigran Torosyan, Deputy Armenian
Foreign Minister Ruben Shugaryan, Personal Advisor of EU on South
Caucasus Harri Kamarainen, Representative of Vienna Institute of
Peace Study and Conflicts Martin Malek, Head of Department of
Conflictology and Migration of Baku Institute of Peace and Democracy
Arif Yunusov. T.M. 0--

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AWARDS DELIVERED TO VETERAN OF WWII ON HONOR OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF
LIBERATION OF BELARUS TODAY IN YEREVAN

YEREVAN, September 29. /ARKA/. Today jubilee awards were delivered to
veterans of WWII in honor of 60th anniversary of liberation of
Belarus from Nazi occupants. As Marina Dolgopolova, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Armenia stated, the
state awards are delivered as instructed by Belorussian President
Alexander Lukashenko. She also mentioned for many Armenian veterans
of WWII, Belorussian soil became motherland. "Belorussia highly
honors feat of arms of veterans and will always be grateful for the
peace achieved", Dolgopolova said.
Veterans stood in memory of fallen during the war as well as raised
their glasses in honor of Victory in WWII and liberation of
Belorussia. T.M. 0--

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From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress