YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Justice Minister David Harutiunian made a statement on October 29–inviting ArmenTel to 60-day negotiations.
Under license N 60 issued to ArmenTel by the government in 1997–the government and ArmenTel "should try to settle any dispute and disagreement through consultations." Consultations are to begin immediately after a written claim is presented either by the government or ArmenTel. If the dispute is not resolved within 60 days–it is to be settled in London’s Arbitration–whose verdicts–however–have no enforcement capabilities.
The statement states the following:
1. The government–as it is provided for by license N 60–invites ArmenTel CJSC JV to 60-day negotiations. During this period the parties are to discuss all disputable points and try to solve them.
2. The government has also invited the OTE organization to take part in negotiations so that all issues concerning relations between the government and ArmenTel be solved.
3. The government is ready to conduct negotiations on the basis of good will and expects a similar approach also on the part of ArmenTel and OTE.
4. During the 60-day term of negotiations the government does not relinquish its deman’s and rights in relation to ArmenTel.
The government will confirm its position regarding prohibition of the introduction of a per minute billing system by ArmenTel if negotiations fail. Similarly–the government does not expect ArmenTel to relinquish any right or deman’s in relation to the government by taking part in the 60-day negotiations.