14.3.08

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Anonymous said...

GOOGLE NEWS----->
U.S. Threatens To Freeze Aid To Armenia

The United States has expressed concern about the Armenian government’s continuing post-election crackdown on the opposition and threatened to suspend its multimillion-dollar economic assistance to Armenia.

"We continue to follow with concern the current situation in Armenia," a spokesman for the White House, Tony Fratto, told reporters on Thursday. He pointed to the imposition of a state of emergency in Yerevan and mass arrests of opposition activists following the March 1 clashes between security forces and opposition supporters protesting against the official results of last month’s disputed presidential election.

"The government of Armenia needs to uphold the rule of law, lift the state of emergency and restore press freedoms. We urge a political dialogue between the government and opposition to resolve the situation quickly," Fratto said, according to AFP news agency.

Reuters quoted the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as telling a congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday that the emergency rule made it necessary to freeze some of the U.S. aid programs in Armenia. She did not elaborate.

Rice apparently referred to $235.6 million in aid which Washington has promised allocate to Armenia under its Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) program designed to promote political and economic reforms around the world. U.S. officials have repeatedly said that the sum’s disbursement is conditional on democratic reform and improved governance in Armenia.

In a Tuesday letter to President Robert Kocharian, the head of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), John Danilovich, warned that the U.S. government agency managing the scheme could “suspend or terminate” the five-year aid package due to the dramatic post-election developments in Armenia.

“MCC is reviewing operational aspects of its ongoing work in Armenia in light of these events, including the suspension of media freedoms and the imposition of a state of emergency, and is closely monitoring the situation with U.S. Government and donor colleagues,” Danilovich wrote. He said MCC needs to be certain that “our programs operate in a democratic environment.”

Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian acknowledged on Thursday that continued U.S. assistance to Armenia is now at serious risk. “It all depends on how the United States evaluates things, on how quickly we can get out of this situation,” he said.

“Right now we are facing a dilemma: the country’s stability and the people’s security versus democratic values, liberties, civil rights,” Oskanian told a news conference. “The president of the republic is facing this dilemma.”

“The situation is not clear-cut. He has to balance things, and that’s not an easy task. The longer this balancing act lasts, the more the public will suffer,” he said.

Prime Minister and President-elect Serzh Sarkisian appears to be more sanguine in that regard, though. He chaired on Wednesday, the day after Danilovich’s letter to Kocharian, a meeting of the governing board of an Armenian government agency overseeing the use of MCA funds, which are due to be spent on upgrading the country’s battered irrigation networks and rural roads.

A statement by Sarkisian’s press office said the government received about $11.3 million in MCA funding as of last December and expects to get the next installment of the promised aid, also worth $11.3 million, in the second quarter of this year.

The aid package is essential for the success of the Sarkisian government’s efforts to reduce widespread rural poverty. According to Armenian and U.S. officials, the resulting infrastructure projects, if implemented, will benefit 75 percent of the country’s million-strong rural population.

Anonymous said...

Karapet Roubinyanic lur unek? Hacadul er anum, tesnes inchpes e.

swede said...

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT INDICATES CRISIS AGENDA FOR ARMENIA



The MEPs adopted a critical but concurrent urgent resolution concerning the crisis in Armenia



Strasburg – France – The European Parliament adopted an urgent resolution yesterday on the situation which prevails in Armenia since the State of emergency was instituted after the presidential elections of February 19th, 2008.

By this resolution, the European Parliament “expresses its concern at recent developments that have taken place in Armenia, with the violent police crackdown on opposition demonstrations”. The Parliament “calls for a prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation of the events” and “calls on the Council and the Commission to offer EU assistance to the Armenian authorities for such an investigation”.

The Commissioner Louis Michel intervened on behalf of the European Commission and answered Parliament’s requests by giving Armenia EU assistance in the field of police and judiciary cooperation. Referring to the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Commissioner qualified the balance of Armenia as being “more and more positive”. He also added that a third of the European cooperation budget granted to Armenia is dedicated to reform its judicial system.

In an obvious show of appeasement, the resolution also calls on the Armenian authorities to “lift the State of emergency, mitigated by a presidential decree on 10 March 2008” and “take all measures necessary to ensure the return to normality”. The European Parliament also supports the EU special representatives and OSCE in their efforts to “facilitate dialogue between the political forces and to investigate the possibilities to resolve the political crisis in Armenia”.

An amendment which was tabled by the EPP group (European Popular Party- Christian Democrats) and adopted in plenary session by the whole of the MEPs mentioned the difficult situation in the South Caucasus because of the blockade imposed by Turkey, which “threatens Armenia’s economy and the regional stability”. Moreover, referring to the recent attacks led by Azerbaijan thanks to the internal disrupted situation in Armenia, the resolution regrets the loss of life during the attacks and “calls on all sides to return to the negotiation table”.

“We welcome the European Parliament’s fair and balanced reaction regarding the regrettable developments which occurred in Armenia. This resolution proves that Europe has the sincere will to help Armenia to overcome its current difficulties, and we think that, by its repercussions in Armenia, it will be useful to reach the objective”, declared Hilda Tchoboian, the chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.

“After 70 years of totalitarian regime, Armenia has been developing a system of democracy for only 17 years. We are convinced that these deplorable events must be seen in this context: a normal growth crisis of this young Republic’s evolution towards a State of Law. The authorities and the opposition have to draw the right conclusions from this crisis in order to work for a progressive and reinforced democratisation”, concluded Hilda Tchoboian.

o said...

Karapet Rubinyan ancel e ishkhanutyan koghm, undunel ir sxalner.

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