Central Bank of Armenia says it will not allow armenian banks to participate in unacceptable operations

21.08.2012 20:40
Central Bank of Armenia says it will not allow armenian banks to participate in unacceptable operations

YEREVAN, August 21. / ARKA /. In retaliation to a Reuters article “Iran looks to Armenia to skirt sanctions” in which it claimed that the Islamic Republic ‘is seeking to expand its banking foothold in Armenia to make up for difficulties in countries it used to rely on to do business,’ Armenia’s Central Bank said: “ The banks in the Republic of Armenia, operating under the supervision of the Central Bank of Armenia, are subject to the laws of the Republic of Armenia, the regulations of the Central Bank of Armenia, and the banks’ internal rules. One of the supervisory tiers of the Central Bank of Armenia is the provision of the adequate implementation of financial sanctions imposed on certain countries under relevant decisions of international organizations, such as the UN Security Council Resolutions.

The decisions and relevant financial sanctions, imposed by the European Union and the United States of America in relation to nuclear proliferation programs of certain countries, are also under the attention of the Central Bank of Armenia, in order to avoid any possible involvement in or assistance to such programs by any bank in the Republic of Armenia. The Central Bank of Armenia obligates all banks and financial institutions in the Republic of Armenia to scrutinize their transactions, in order to avoid any possible involvement in transactions considered unacceptable by the international community. Moreover, pursuant to the policy adopted by the Board of the Central Bank of Armenia, individuals and companies from higher-risk countries are neither allowed to establish a financial institution in the Republic of Armenia nor to acquire any participation in the equity of acting financial institutions.

“Mellat Bank” CJSC has been operating in the Republic of Armenia since 1996; its clientele is primarily composed of small and medium enterprises involved in the foreign trade between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Armenia, as well as of tourists and students. The bank’s activities and assets have dramatically decreased during the past 3-4 years; in the period from December 31, 2010 to July 1, 2012, the banks’ assets have decreased by more than 50%, dropping from 88 million US dollars to only 40 million US dollars. “Mellat Bank” CJSC holds no correspondent accounts either in the European Union and the United States of America or in the Republic of Armenia.

The banks in the Republic of Armenia, including “ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank” CJSC, hold no correspondent accounts with banks and financial institutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The banks in the Republic of Armenia are strictly bound to customer due diligence rules, in order to avoid any direct or indirect financing of individuals and companies related to nuclear proliferation programs.

The Central Bank of Armenia will follow its supervision over the behavior and transactions of all financial institutions and their customers in the Republic of Armenia, in order to safeguard its financial system from any destabilizing effects.” -0-


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