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Armenian Government Denies Opposition A Conference Venue

Levon Ter-Petrossian addresses a crowd in Yerevan in September.
YEREVAN -- The Armenian government has refused to allow former President Levon Ter-Petrossian and his opposition allies to hold their upcoming conference in Yerevan's main conference hall.

Government press service head Meri Harutiunian told RFE/RL's Armenian Service on December 15 that the HAK application was rejected and that a Ter-Petrossian aide was told about the decision.

No reason for the refusal was given.

The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) plans to hold the conference on December 19 and applied for permission earlier this month.

The auditorium in question is a traditional venue for indoor gatherings of various Armenian politial parties, and has been made available to HAK and Ter-Petrossian previously.

Ter-Petrossian and his allies threatened last week to hold the conference in Georgia if no venue is made available to them in Armenia.