“I should start by reminding that the observatory mechanism on the contact line is not completely shut down. It’s still in effect, the common objective that the two parties (Yerevan and Baku) accept common procedures of planned monitoring and observation of the Line of Contact. Baku proposed to use a surveillance aerostat, on the area to be observed (west of Seysulan and Martakert district).”
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The Ambassador said anti-corruption activities may serve a very good example for Armenian institutions, “The rest will be decided by independent courts. The EU is serious about fight against corruption, not only in words, but on the level of activities as well. We follow corruption as a policy of zero tolerance.”
“We greatly support the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and their latest statement. We believe that there is no military solution for this conflict, and that the status-quo is no longer maintainable. We believe that the ceasefire agreement should be respected, we believe there is no military solution to this conflict and we believe that investigative mechanisms, also confidence building mechanisms should be implemented.”
“Agreement was reached to increase the number of international observers up to 7. Both sides support this. However, there are still some disagreements over certain details, including placing observers, financing their activities and other technical issues.”
And in case of Georgia WB has taken the number of visitors. To be clear how these figures differ, exact data should be brought. In 2016 total 2.9 million visits to Armenia have been recorded (source: volumes of RA border crossing per RA border checkpoint), from which 1.26 million comprised tourist visits. In 2016 Georgia recorded 6.3 million visits, from which tourist visits comprised 2.7 million.
The soldier was stationed in a military base in the northern direction. The defense ministry of Artsakh told that an investigation is underway to determine details of the shooting. The defense ministry extended its condolences to the family of the fallen soldier.
“Here parliament’s role should be strengthened by another context, which is called establishment of trust atmosphere, e.g. if our parliament members could meet members of Azerbaijani parliament, discuss some issues and etc. However, the parliament can’t assume the role of an executive body. As the PM is a person elected by the majority, he should hold negotiations a year later, if they exist.”
“Serzh Sargsyan succeeded to eliminate talks on return of territories from the agenda through various means”
“Unfortunately, escalation is possible at any moment. The point is that inside Azerbaijani elite sharp struggle is ongoing for existence under current serious economic crisis. Many realize Azerbaijan needs no Karabakh.”
“Who is guilty? For instance, I didn’t observe any prevention or opposing opinion, and Azerbaijan is against. A question rises here: who is interested in settlement through force? Naturally, the side, touching upon conflict settlement through force. It’s Azerbaijan.”
Armenia’s economic activity index (EAI) in January-April 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year comprised 105.7%. Note, in January-March EAI rate was higher—6.6%.
This year, in the period of 70th Festival de Cannes—May 18-26, for the first time Armenia will be represented in the Film Market in the sector Village International/Pantiero under the number 226 through the pavilion of the Republic of Armenia, where these days “Aurora’s sunrise” of Bars Media, Sergo Ustyan’s “Exchange” and Artur Sukiasyan’s “The Wounded City” are trying their chances to succeed.
He singled out a few of them. “In his speech at the National Assembly president Serzh Sarsgyan said that by saying concession we understand realization of the right of Artsakhi people to self-determination, and basically, new assessment is provided to the concept mutual concession.
“Through provocative actions Azerbaijan intends to disorientate the international community and direct the arrow toward Armenia”
“Through such provocative activities they intend to disorientate the international community and direct the arrow toward Armenia. It’s already a new strategy and shelling their own borders, territories under their control and filming they haven’t thought that we and international organizations have the opportunity to film.”
“You know our country and Iran negotiate around trilateral Armenia-Iran-Turkmenistan gas agreement, we again negotiate with Georgia and here some progress has been recorded. These formats allow increasing Armenia’s role in the whole region.”
Areg Galstyan (Russia), PhD, regular contributor to Forbes, the National Interest, the Hill and the American Thinker, editor-in-chief and head of American Studies, commenting on the statement issued by OSCE MG Co-Chairs, condemning Azerbaijani actions, told “168 Hours” that it has several reasons.
“There are two main streams contributing to peace and stability in the region: Armed Forces of Artsakh and Armenia, their combat readiness, this is one of the most important factors. The other crucial factor is consolidated opinion of the international community, that war is impermissible. In particular, they more seriously refer to these issues after April 2016.”
“Unfortunately, we recorded a casualty—this is irreversible loss, like any of them. Azerbaijan simply is playing with the fire. Such behavior, manifestation of such impudent, irreverent attitude towards the international community, I consider shouldn’t remain with no reply. Soon it may be anticipated that in case of continuity of such behavior tougher and more painful steps will be taken toward Azerbaijan: we hope it’ll be so,” Davit Babayan said.
“It is difficult to build statehood in the conditions of the armed conflict, which, unfortunately, is being escalated. I visited Nagorno Karabakh in August, 2014, the period when the situation was tense. I have visited there also during the constitutional referendum this year, and we were together in the place when the residents of Talish were resettled.
The defense ministry of Artsakh told a 21 year old soldier of the country’s Defense Army, identified as Karen Danielyan, has been shot dead in the early morning of May 20 by Azerbaijani forces.
The video recording devices installed on the front line have detected that the Azerbaijani side opened fire on its own positions from 60 mm mortars by preliminary information in the SeysulanYarmja section of the contact line at about 12:15-12:19 and 13:32-13:36, as a result of which explosions took place in the mentioned area.
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“And Congress is for protection of interests of US citizens. Accordingly, raise the issue with your Congressman, take steps so that clear statements are made, that respective decision condemning those steps was adopted. If there were Jews or Irish instead of Armenians, I’m sure, a week later serious sanctions would have been imposed.”
“Firstly, OSCE main members have been long convincing Baku, that there is no need to exert efforts towards closure of OSCE Yerevan Office, but Baku ignored views of Moscow, Washington and Brussels. Those statements were a signal, as in fact, no one from OSCE MG members intended to close it in Yerevan, i.e. it turns out that will of one side is exerted over MG and the international community,” he sad.
“There is no Lavrov’s plan, it’s misinformation. Media war is taking place, you see what Azerbaijani FM says, he says that such option is possible. However, he is a liar, there was no any “peace for territories” formula any time. In 1992 I was a participant of negotiations, I don’t know when he was then, and there was no any discussion and it can’t be. “
“The statement of the OSCE Minsk Group indicates that all are interested in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Aliyev’s adventurism, the attempt to distract his society’s attention from domestic problems through such dangerous means is unacceptable. I think this statement will be followed by respective processes, maybe, they will not be public, and it is not necessary at all. The international community will more clearly and insistently present its stance,” Babayan said.
Abraham Lincoln said, “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 of those hours sharpening my axe.” We all waste time in chopping the tree by a blunt axe. We seem to work, but we see no changes.
The Co-Chairs condemn these recent ceasefire violations and call upon the sides to take all necessary measures to prevent any further escalation in the conict zone.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has issued a decree on appointing Karen Karapetyan to the post of the Prime Minister of Armenia, the press service of the Armenian President’s Office informed .
Voting for the Speaker at the National Assembly is over. Gagik Melikyan, chairman of the counting committee, said there are no null votes, 88 MPs voted for Ara Babloyan, and 12 against, and in favor of Edmon Marukyan nominated by “Yelk” bloc 12 MPs voted for, and 88 against.
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“Different people speak by different anticipations, regarding what is discussed, but as long as there is no a published version, making anticipations would probably be the most improper policy,” he said.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on May 18 signed a decree on accepting the Government’s resignation, the President’s Office told. According to the President’s decree the members of the government will continue fulfilling their duties until the formation of a new government. The decree enters into force from the moment of signing.
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“I once again congratulate the Republican Party of Armenia, ‘Tsarukyan’, ‘Yelk’ blocs and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation party for assuming a political responsibility in the Republic of Armenia in the upcoming 5 years through free, competitive and highly assessed elections. I congratulate all MPs of the 6th convocation Parliament and wish productive work,” the President said.
The first session of the 6th convocation of Armenia’s Parliament kicked off. The session is chaired by Knyaz Hasanov, leader of the country’s Kurdish community and most senior Member of Parliament.
Armenian contractual soldier Grisha Karapetyan received fatal gunshot wounds in the military position of the N regiment on May 17, at about 10:30.
In response to Azerbaijan’s heavy ceasefire violations overnight May 16 – May 17, Artsakh’s military took suppressive actions which resulted in Azerabaijani forces suffering manpower losses, according to credible data of the Defense Army.
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“What would happen, if not that agreement? War would be recorded. I understand, you may ask if there is an agreement, why we have casualties and what the international community does. If not the agreement, war would be recorded, and in that case not this much casualties, but even more. This agreement should be observed as a restrictive factor. Yes, it doesn’t solve the main issue, however, it prevents a wide-scale war.”
“Currently there are energy production capacities in Armenia, which means Armenia’s market is enlarging and already regional considerations may be examined here. These opportunities include both traditional energy production and use of new—renewable green energy sources,” the Ambassador said, stressing that purpose of the conference is introduce existent opportunities in energy sector.
Firstly, Yerevan City Council elections were marked with rather low participation. Only 345 thousand out of 840 thousand eligible citizens have gone to the polling stations. Participation level comprises 41 percent.
The MP said “Yelk” has proposal linked to Vanadzor. However, they haven’t applied to the bloc by that issue. E.Marukyan said they don’t know who they should apply as long as the parliamentary faction hasn’t been developed and it isn’t known who the head is and etc.
“I feel more like as an administrator, than a political figure. Accordingly, like any citizen, I know the staff of today’s parliament. As for my future job..The government is a collegial system, and together with my colleagues, it’s clear, I should resign, which I would do,” Levon Altunyan said.