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“OSCE should not be instrumentalized in the conflict between Yerevan and Baku”

“OSCE should not be instrumentalized in the conflict between Yerevan and Baku”

“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).”

The status-quo is no longer maintainable: Piotr Switalski

The status-quo is no longer maintainable: Piotr Switalski

“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.”

Georgian visitors “against” tourists arriving in Armenia

Georgian visitors “against” tourists arriving in Armenia

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.

Soldier killed in Artsakh

Soldier killed in Artsakh

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.

“There will be no parliamentary pluralism”

“There will be no parliamentary pluralism”

“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.”

Why did economic activity slow down?

Why did economic activity slow down?

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%.

Armenian pavilion launched at 70th Cannes Film Market

Armenian pavilion launched at 70th Cannes Film Market

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.

What did Serzh Sargsyan hint?

What did Serzh Sargsyan hint?

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.

Azerbaijan has bored everyone: David Babayan

Azerbaijan has bored everyone: David Babayan

“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.”

Azerbaijan plays with fire: David Babayan

Azerbaijan plays with fire: David Babayan

“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.

People of Artsakh only lack peace: Vladimir Yevseev

People of Artsakh only lack peace: Vladimir Yevseev

“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.

Soldier gunned down by Azerbaijani troops

Soldier gunned down by Azerbaijani troops

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.

Azerbaijani forces shell their own positions: Defense Army of Artsakh

Azerbaijani forces shell their own positions: Defense Army of Artsakh

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.

Azerbaijan is warned—there is a red line, which it can’t pass: Areg Galstyan

Azerbaijan is warned—there is a red line, which it can’t pass: Areg Galstyan

“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.

“Concession of territories for peace will lead to war”

“Concession of territories for peace will lead to war”

“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. “

This gives new impetus to the efforts of maintaining the ceasefire regime: David Babayan

This gives new impetus to the efforts of maintaining the ceasefire regime: David Babayan

“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.

Ara Babloyan elected Speaker of the Parliament

Ara Babloyan elected Speaker of the Parliament

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.

President Sargsyan accepts Government’s resignation

President Sargsyan accepts Government’s resignation

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.

You are the first and major ones taking steps towards establishment of new public administration system: Serzh Sargsyan

You are the first and major ones taking steps towards establishment of new public administration system: Serzh Sargsyan

“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.

Footage on how Defense Army takes suppressive actions

Footage on how Defense Army takes suppressive actions

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.

Ceasefire agreement restrains Azerbaijan – in April 2016 it acted moderately: Vagharshak Harutyunyan

Ceasefire agreement restrains Azerbaijan – in April 2016 it acted moderately: Vagharshak Harutyunyan

“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.”

Armenia may become a good market: American investors interested in Armenia’s energy sector

Armenia may become a good market: American investors interested in Armenia’s energy sector

“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.

Yerevan’s predictable elections

Yerevan’s predictable elections

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.

Will “Tsarukyan” bloc cooperate with “Yelk”?

Will “Tsarukyan” bloc cooperate with “Yelk”?

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.

Together with my colleagues I should resign: Levon Altunyan

Together with my colleagues I should resign: Levon Altunyan

“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.