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Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian will visit Strasbourg on September 13th the Press Service of the Armenian MFA reports. From September 14th-18th Oskanian will take part in the work of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. September 23rd-24th he is scheduled to visit Venice and Bologna.

OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel will visit Baku on September 6th. Next day Rupel is expected in Armenia. Within the framework of the visit Rupel intends to get information about the outcomes of the recent Kazan meeting of the Armenian and Azeri presidents. In the course of his regional visit the OSCE head will meet with presidents of both countries. With Azeri officials Mr. Rupel is expected to discuss the process of preparation to the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. While in Armenia, the matter will concern the coming referendum on introducing changes to the Constitution of the country.

The Central Electoral Commission of Azerbaijan did not respond to the application of the Armenian charitable nongovernmental organization “Azat Hayk” to include it in the list of the international organizations on monitoring over the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, Leader of Azat Hayk Rouben Mnatsakanian informed.

Upon a decree of Armenian President dated August 29th General Mikhail Grigoryan has been released from his post of Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia.

Armenia will host the final stage of the 10th annual Russian-Armenian tactical exercises on September 13th, a spokesman said Tuesday. Colonel Seiran Shakhsuvaryan, the press secretary to the Armenian defense minister, said a reinforced mechanized infantry regiment would represent Armenia, and Russia would field servicemen from the 102nd military base, which is deployed in Armenia. “The aim of the exercises is to practice defense interaction,” the spokesman said. Russian-Armenian military exercises were last held at an Armenian testing range on August 26th-27th 2004.

Official Yerevan plans to protest the construction of Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi railway, hoping to prove to the international community that the project is useless. Vartan Oskanian, RA foreign minister, stated at the press conference on August 30th that “Georgia and Azerbaijan have no moral right” to invest financial sources in the construction of the railway that bypasses Armenia, as there exists Kars-Gyumri railway that stopped functioning because Turkey still keeps Armenia in blockade.

The Committee for Economic Rivalry Protection informs that the administrative action of ArmenTel to review the fining terms was partially satisfied. A representative of the company accepted the fact of providing unqualified telecommunication to the subscribers thus violating RA laws “On Communication”, “On Consumers` Rights” and “On Economic Rivalry”. In view of these violations the Committee did not call off the fine levied on ArmenTel that amounts to 1 percent of last year`s profit of the company. ArmenTel has to pay the fine within one day of receiving the decision of the Committee. In case of refraining from payment, the state has the right of confiscation.