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Armenian Public Radio Declines New RFE/RL Contract

(RFE/RL) July 25, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Armenia's public broadcaster has refused to sign a new contract to continue airing programs from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Armenian public broadcasting officials refused to sign the agreement despite efforts by U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau officials to resolve contractual issues during talks in Yerevan on July 17-20.

A new contract was necessary for RFE/RL to continue airing programing on Armenian Public Radio.

James Glassman, chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, said that "whatever is holding up an agreement has nothing to do with legal, contractual, or technical issues."

The dispute follows an unsuccessful attempt by the Armenian parliament to block all foreign-language broadcasters.

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