By empty (5/7/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)Nairi Hunanian, the leader of the five gunmen currently on trial for the 27 October 1999 murder in the Armenian parliament of eight senior officials, told the court on 4 May that there is no truth to persistent speculation that the shootings were masterminded by other more influential persons. Hunanian said that he had originally planned to seize the parliament without bloodshed and force the resignation of Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsian and the formation of a new cabinet, but came to the conclusion in August 1999 that terror was the only way to improve the situation in Armenia, which he compared to the "antinational nightmare" that preceded the demise of the First Republic in 1920. (RFE/RL) ARMENIAN PREMIER MEETS WITH RELEASED ASALA MEMBER 7 May Meeting in Yerevan on 4 May with Varoujan Garabedian, a former member of ASALA (the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia), Prime Minister Andranik Markarian expressed his "joy" at Garabedian's release from a French jail where he served almost 18 years of a life sentence for his alleged role in the 1983 bombing of the Turkish Airlines Office at Orly airport.
By empty (5/5/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)The Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, has stressed the importance of cooperation with Russia in combatting armed incursions into his country by Islamic militants. Speaking before talks with President Putin, he said he viewed Russia as his country's strategic partner and a security guarantor. Correspondents say Mr Karimov's visit to Moscow, the first since 1998, is a reflection of Russia's renewed interest in the Central Asian region and of Uzbekistan's desire for Russian military support.
By empty (5/4/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has come out with an initiative to sign a bilateral agreement with Azerbaijan on dividing the Caspian seabed along a modified median line. Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov submitted a corresponding proposal to Kazakh Prime Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev, Interfax was told. The median line should be drawn on the basis of equidistance from the coastlines of the sides proceeding from the median sea level for many years, which is equal to minus 28 meters of the Baltic system of altitudes, the draft agreement says.
By empty (2/13/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)U.S. Ambassador Franklin Huddle presented US $1.
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