Politics

“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.”

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

Iraqi armed forces launched an operation on Saturday to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, according to a military statement, Reuters reports. The fall of the city would effectively mark the end of Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared nearly three years ago by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi, which also covers parts of Syria.

Zbigniew Brzezinski has died aged 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski has died aged 89

“Do we even have a foreign policy right now?” The “inquisitive and innovative” son of a Polish diplomat, Mr Brzezinski was a “natural choice” as national security adviser, Mr Carter said in his tribute.

This movie is not only about the past: ‘The Promise’ screened in Vilnius

This movie is not only about the past: ‘The Promise’ screened in Vilnius

The Armenian Embassy organized the special screening of ‘The Promise’ movie in ‘Pasaka” cinema of Vilnius on May 25, with participation of Ambassadors accredited in Lithuania, numerous diplomats, representatives of legislative and executive authorities, journalists, cultural figures, Armenian community representatives.

Multiple fatalities reported as gunmen attack Coptic Christians in Egypt

Multiple fatalities reported as gunmen attack Coptic Christians in Egypt

Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 23 and injuring 25, RT reported. The attack happened as the victims traveled from Beni Suef province to the Anba Samuel monastery near the southern city of Minya, according to local security sources, cited by Haaretz.

Investigation on blogger Lapshin’s case completed

Investigation on blogger Lapshin’s case completed

The investigation on the case of Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is arrested in Azerbaijan, is over, his attorney Eduard Chernin told Trend. Eduard Chernin said on May 30 Lapshin will be presented with materials of the case, and then they will be submitted to the court.

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.

“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.”

G7 summit kicks off in Sicily

G7 summit kicks off in Sicily

US President Donald Trump will attend the 43rd G7 summit with leaders of the world’s major economies in Sicily, Italy, on the last leg of his rst foreign trip, BBC reports. A tough debate is expected on issues including trade and climate change.

US Foreign Affairs Committee condemns activities of Erdogan’s security detail

US Foreign Affairs Committee condemns activities of Erdogan’s security detail

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously adopted H.Res.354, introduced by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY), condemning the May 16th attacks on peaceful protesters by Turkish President Erdogan’s bodyguards, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Iran builds third underground missile plant

Iran builds third underground missile plant

“We are systematically beefing up our defense capabilities. I can say that over the past few years, the IRGC has built a third missile plant,” Hajiaadeh said in the city of Dezful, which had been the scene of violent clashes during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988, TASS reports.

OPEC extends oil output cut

OPEC extends oil output cut

The cuts are likely to be shared again by a dozen non-members led by top oil producer Russia, which reduced output in tandem with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from January.

Erdogan and Macron meet in Brussels

Erdogan and Macron meet in Brussels

The meeting was closed for the press. Later Erdogan also had a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission JeanClaude Juncker.

Kazakh airline to operate flights to Yerevan

Kazakh airline to operate flights to Yerevan

The operation of new flight became possible thanks to the meeting between Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Armenia H.E Timur Urazayev and Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies Vahan Martirosyan. At the meeting the sides announced opening Astana-Yerevan direct flights.

Azerbaijan violates OSCE Artsakh monitoring procedure agreement

Azerbaijan violates OSCE Artsakh monitoring procedure agreement

From the opposite side of the Line of Contact, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistant to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Ofce Ghenadie Petrica (Moldova) and staff member of the Ofce of the OSCE CiO Personal Representative Martin Schuster (Germany).