Azerbaijani press: Deputy PM: Azerbaijan should rely only on itself, its strength in settlement of Karabakh conflict

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By Rashid Shirinov

Azerbaijan should rely only on itself and its strength in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister and the Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, said on October 19.

He noted that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a priority issue for Azerbaijan.

“Our main task is the resolution of this issue in a short time based on the norms and principles of international law and within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” he said.

Speaking about the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly held in New York, Hasanov said that the unfounded thoughts in the speech of the Armenian Serzh Sargsyan, as always, aroused laughter and caused great concern in Armenia itself.

“By this speech, the Armenian President disgraced himself before the whole world community. But the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, in his evidence-based speech from the UN rostrum, brought to the attention of the international community the information about the activities of the criminal regime of Armenia over the past 25 years,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the Azerbaijani territories.

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Azerbaijani press: No other way to settle Karabakh conflict besides Madrid Principles – MP

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 20

By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:

A briefing on “Averting All-Out War in Nagorno-Karabakh: The Role of the US and OSCE”, which took place Oct. 18 in the Russell Senate Office Building of the US, was more aimed at promoting Armenia and getting even more help for it from the US, Azerbaijani MP Aydin Mirzazade told Trend Oct. 20.

“Nevertheless, Ambassador James Warlick, former OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from the US, and others made statements that were close to objectivity, and their essence is that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be settled within the framework of international law and the problem should be gradually solved,” Mirzazade said.

He noted that the phased plan includes withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the adjacent Azerbaijani districts of Nagorno-Karabakh, opening of the Lachin corridor, granting temporary status to Nagorno-Karabakh.

“These principles were offered and discussed many times,” the MP said. “The fact that they were repeated at a briefing in the US once again shows that there is no other way to solve this problem except these principles.”

On Oct. 19, James Warlick addressed a briefing on “Averting All-Out War in Nagorno-Karabakh: The Role of the US and OSCE”, organized by the US Congress Helsinki Commission. He noted that six elements, based on the Madrid Principles, should be an integral part of the peace agreement and be accepted as one package.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

Azerbaijani press: Azerbaijani FM: Armenia’s purposeful, biased ignorance deceives Armenians, diaspora

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By Rashid Shirinov

Armenian leadership would better read the UN Security Council’s resolutions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry.

He made the remark when commenting on the remarks made by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian during the 4th European Armenian Convention.

"It would be better for Armenian foreign minister not to repeat his nonsense thoughts and at least try to behave as a professional," Hajiyev told Trend.

“In its resolutions, the UN Security Council condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, confirms Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders and demands the immediate, absolute and unconditional withdrawal of the occupation forces,” he said. “At the same time, these resolutions once again reiterate that Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan.”

"Regretfully, alongside with creating negative experience for the negotiations, this purposeful and biased ignorance by the Armenian side deceives Armenian citizens, as well as Armenian diaspora," added Hajiyev.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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Azerbaijani press: Ilham Aliyev: Country destroying mosques can never be friend of Muslim states [UPDATE]

By  Trend


A country destroying mosques can never be a friend of Muslim countries, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said on October 20, addressing the 9th Summit of the Developing Eight Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8).

President Aliyev is attending the Summit as a special guest.

Azerbaijani president first thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the invitation and hospitality.

“Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is not a member of D-8, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Azerbaijan to this event. I express my deep appreciation,” the president said.

“The Summit of “Big Twenty” was held in the Turkish city of Antalya in November 2015. Turkey could invite only one country, that is not a group member, to this meeting as a special guest, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Azerbaijan. This is another illustrative example of Azerbaijani-Turkish brotherhood and friendship,” Ilham Aliyev noted.

The head of state drew attention of the meeting participants to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Armenia has been occupying Azerbaijan’s historical lands – Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts – for more than 25 years. A policy of ethnic cleansing was carried out in these territories, and more than one million our compatriots became refugees and IDPs. In 1992, Armenia committed the Khojaly genocide. As a result of this war crime, 613 innocent Azerbaijanis were killed, 106 of them being women and 63 children. Thousands of people were injured and went missing.”

“The UN Security Council adopted four resolutions in connection with the conflict. These resolutions demand immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian Armed Forces from Azerbaijani lands. At the same time, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OSCE and other organizations adopted similar decisions and resolutions. However, being an occupant, Armenia ignores these decisions and continues war crimes against the civilian population,” Ilham Aliyev said.

The president reminded that soldiers and civilians were killed on the line of contact in April 2016 as a result of Armenia’s armed attack.

“Hundreds of houses were destroyed. Azerbaijan decisively suppressed this Armenian provocation, and our army liberated a part of our lands from Armenian occupants. After this, the Jojug Marjanli village, completely destroyed by Armenia, was rebuilt. A school, a medical center and a mosque were built in this village consisting of 150 houses. This mosque is similar to the mosque, destroyed by Armenians in Shusha,” President Aliyev noted.

Ilham Aliyev said that Nagorno-Karabakh is historically an Azerbaijani land.

“The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, based on the UN Security Council resolutions. The Azerbaijani state and Azerbaijani people will never allow creation of the second so-called Armenian state on their native land. The territorial integrity of our country is not and will not be the subject of negotiations.”

President Ilham Aliyev pointed out that Azerbaijan attaches particular importance to Islamic solidarity and makes its contribution.

“2017 was declared the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan. At the same time, this year Azerbaijan held the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, where about 3,000 athletes from 54 Muslim countries participated. Today we actively fight Islamophobia, which is one of the most serious threats in the world. Armenia, trying to present itself as a friend of Muslim countries, destroyed mosques and religious monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions. The country destroying mosques can never be a friend of Muslim countries,” he noted.

The head of state added that two days ago, Azerbaijan marked the 26th anniversary of restoration of independence.

“Our country has passed a successful path of development in a short period. Starting from 2004, our economy has grown more than threefold, about two million jobs have been opened. The poverty level decreased to five percent. The literacy rate is 100 percent. Our foreign currency reserves are equal to the country's gross domestic product. Foreign state debt is less than 20 percent of GDP. This success of Azerbaijan is also noted by international organizations. Azerbaijan ranked 35th in the Davos Economic Forum's report on competitiveness rating this year,” said the president.

The head of state noted that Azerbaijan is an initiator and active participant of international projects.

”Today, together with our partners, we are implementing the Southern Gas Corridor project. It is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world. The agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkey on the TANAP gas pipeline, which is the main part of the Southern Gas Corridor, was signed in Istanbul in 2012, and this gas pipeline will be commissioned next year,” said President Aliyev.

”The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, the official opening of which will be held soon, will be the shortest route between Europe and Asia. Azerbaijan invests heavily in the creation of the East-West and North-South transport corridors. These transport corridors will open new opportunities for the economic development of Eurasia. Thank you for attention,” concluded the Azerbaijani president.

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Ռուսաստանը ցանկանում է ստեղծել իր սեփական կրիպտոռուբլին. World Forex

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Կրիպտոարժույթների և Bitcoin-ի նկատմամբ հետաքրքրությունն այնքան է աճում, որ չի շրջանցում անգամ պետությունների ղեկավարներին: Ռուսաստանը ցանկանում է ստեղծել իր սեփական կրիպտոարժույթը, որի նախաձեռնությունը ՌԴ նախագահ Վլադիմիր Պուտինինն է: Իսկ ռուսական կրիպտոարժույթի անունը կլինի կրիպտոռուբլի:


Ինչպես հայտնում են World Forex–ից, կրիպտոռուբլու առաջացումը, սակայն, չի նշանակում, որ Ռուսաստանը ցանկանում է օրինականացնել Bitcoin-ը կամ այլ կրիպտոարժույթները:


Նախքան այդ որոշման հրապարակումը, Ռուսաստանի Բանկի փոխնախագահը հայտարարել է, որ ՌԴ Կենտրոնական բանկի նախաձեռնությամբ աշխատանքներ են տարվում փակելու բոլոր այն կայքերը, որոնք հնարավորություն են տալիս ձեռքբերել կրիպտոարժույթներ, քանի որ, ըստ նրանց, կրիպտոարժույթները բուրգ են, իսկ դրանք կարող են գնել նաև չորակավորված ինվեստորները:


Ռուսական իշխանությունները կհոգան, որ կրիպտոռուբլին հնարավոր չլինի գնել այնպես, ինչպես գնում են Bitcoin, քանի որ այն կլինի փակ մոդել իր համապատասխան ծավալի շրջանառությամբ:


Bitcoin-ը ապակենտրոնացած արժույթ է և նրա վրա հնարավոր չի լինում իրականացնել վերահսկողություն, իսկ ռուսական կողմը փորձում է ստեղծել այնպիսի կրիպտոարժույթ, որը հնարավոր կլինի վերահսկել և կառավարել նրա շրջանառվող ծավալները:

Մամուլ. Կարապետյանը սպառնացել է հրաժարականով, բայց հետո համաձայնել է Սարգսյանի առաջարկին

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VERELQ-ը ներկայացնում է հայաստանյան մամուլի ամենաուշագրավ հրապարակումները:


«Հայկական ժամանակ» թերթը գրում է. «Լուրեր են շրջանառվում, արդեն նաեւ մամուլում, որ 2018 թվականից հետո վարչապետի թեմայի շուրջ զրույց են ունեցել Սերժ Սարգսյանն ու վարչապետ Կարեն Կարապետյանը: Ըստ մեր տեղեկությունների՝ Սերժ Սարգսյանը Կարեն Կարապետյանին հայտնել է, որ ինքը մտադիր է 2018 թվականից հետո զբաղեցնել վարչապետի պաշտոնը եւ առաջարկել է, որ Կարեն Կարապետյանը այդ ժամանակ ստանձնի փոխվարչապետի պաշտոնը: Կարեն Կարապետյանն էլ, ըստ մեզ հասած լուրերի, փորձել է հակադարձել, թե իրեն խոստացել էին, որ 2018 թվականից հետո էլ է ինքը շարունակելու զբաղեցնել վարչապետի պաշտոնը, ինչին Սերժ Սարգսյանը հակադարձել է, թե Կարեն Կարապետյանն էլ խոստացել էր, որ ներդրումներ են լինելու…


Ըստ մեր աղբյուրների՝ Կարեն Կարապետյանը սկզբում համաձայն չի եղել Սերժ Սարգսյանի առաջարկին ու ասել է, թե հրաժարական կտա, ինչին ի պատասխան Սերժ Սարգսյանն առաջարկել է մի քանի օր էլ լավ մտածել իր առաջարկի վերաբերյալ ու նոր որոշում կայացնել՝ հասկացնելով, որ չի համոզի Կարեն Կարապետյանին՝ հետ կանգնել հրաժարականից: Մի քանի օր անց արդեն Կարեն Կարապետյանը համաձայնել է Սերժ Սարգսյանի առաջարկին՝ նրա վարչապետությամբ զբաղեցնել փոխվարչապետի պաշտոնը: Այս լուրերի կապակցությամբ մեկնաբանություն խնդրեցինք վարչապետի մամուլի խոսնակ Արամ Արարատյանից: «Թույլ տվեք ինձ բամբասանքի մակարդակի լուրեր չմեկնաբանել: Այդ հարցին բազմիցս վարչապետն անդրադարձել է եւ իր մոտեցումը հայտնել է: Ես այստեղ ավելացնելու բան չունեմ»,- armtimes.com-ին ասաց Արամ Արարատյանը»:


«Ժամանակ» թերթը գրում է. «Հոկտեմբերի 15-ին լրացավ Սահմանադրական դատարանի անդամ Կիմ Բալայանի 70-ամյակը: «Ժամանակ»-ի տեղեկու­թյուններով՝ Կիմ Բալայանի տեղի ամենահավանական հավակ­նորդը ԱԺ պետաիրավական հարցերի հանձնաժողովի նա­խագահ Հրայր Թովմասյանն է: Արդեն տեւական ժամանակ է՝ խոսվում է այն մասին, որ Թովմասյանը կարող է փոխարինել ՍԴ նախագահ Գագիկ Հարությունյանին, ով 2018թ. մարտի 23-ին դառնում է 70 տարեկան, եւ կրկին օրենքի ուժով նրա լիազորությունները դադարում են: Բայց մինչեւ Սահմանադրական դատարանի նախագահ դառնա­լը Հրայր Թովմասյանը պետք է ՍԴ անդամ լինի: Տեսականորեն Հրայր Թովմասյանին ՍԴ անդամ կարող են նշանակել Գագիկ Հարությունյանի փոխարեն, սակայն իշխանությունը ավելի պատեհ է համարում նրան ՍԴ անդամ նշանակել Կիմ Բալայանի փո­խարեն, որպեսզի մի քանի ամիս լինի ՍԴ շարքային անդամ, եւ նոր միայն ԱԺ կողմից ընտրվի ՍԴ նախագահ»:


«Ժամանակ» թերթը գրում է. ««Բարգավաճ Հայաստան» կուսակցությունը որոշել է լրջորեն զբաղվել նոյեմբերին կայանալիք ՏԻՄ ընտրություններով։ «Ժամանակ»-ի տեղեկություններով՝ ԲՀԿ-ն այնքան է կարեւորում այդ ընտրություններում իր առաջադրած թեկնածուների հաղթանակը, որ թեկնածուների քարոզարշավին կմասնակցեն «Ծառուկյան» դաշինքի անդամ պատգամավորներ եւ անձամբ ԲՀԿ նախագահ Գագիկ Ծառուկյանը։ Այդ մասնակցությունը կլինի նույն մեխանիզմով՝ սկզբում ընտրողների հետ կհանդիպեն «Ծառուկյան» դաշինքի պատգամավորները, իսկ հետո հանրահավաքում ելույթ կունենա Ծառուկյանը»:


«Հրապարակ» թերթը գրում է. «Մեր տեղեկություններով` ԱԱԾ նախկին ղեկավար Կառլոս Պետրոսյանը, որը վերջին տարիներին Մոսկվայում է եւ բավականին սոլիդ պաշտոն է զբաղեցնում այնտեղ, ամենեւին էլ անմասն չէ հայաստանյան ներքաղաքական զարգացումներից: «Գորշ կարդինալի» ֆունկցիաներին լավագույնս տիրապետող Կ. Պետրոսյանը վերջին շրջանում Մոսկվայում հանդիպումներ է ունենում հայաստանյան քաղաքական, այդ թվում եւ ընդդիմադիր գործիչների հետ, փայլուն հարաբերություններ ունի վարչապետի խորհրդական Գագիկ Մարտիրոսյանի հետ: Հիշեցնենք նաեւ, որ Պետրոսյանի դուստրն Իսպանիայում ՀՀ դեսպան Ադոնցի որդու՝ Նարեկ Ադոնցիկինն է։ Նարեկն էլ ՀՀ վարչապետի օգնականն ու սանիկն էր, բայց օրերս անսպասելիորեն ազատվեց աշխատանքից»:


«Ժամանակ» թերթը գրում է. ««Ժամանակ»-ի տեղեկություններով՝ Գագիկ Ծառուկյանի եւ Իշխան Զաքարյանի երբեմնի լարված հարաբերությունները հարթվել են։ Ըստ մեր տեղեկությունների, ԲՀԿ-ն հույս ունի, որ ի վերջո ՀՀԿ-ՀՅԴ տանդեմը ԲՀԿ-ին կառաջարկի մաս կազմել իշխանական կոալիցիային, որից հետո Իշխան Զաքարյանը փոխվարչապետ դառնալու «ախորժակ» ունի, քանի որ նոր Սահմանադրությամբ 2018թ-ի ապրիլից Հայաստանի կառավարությունն ունենալու է երեք փոխվարչապետ։ ՀՀԿ մեր աղբյուրները հայտնում են, սակայն, որ եթե ԲՀԿ-ն նույնիսկ հրավիրվի կոալիցիա, սա անպայման չի նշանակում, որ նրան կվերապահվի փոխվարչապետի պաշտոն։ Նույնը վերաբերում է դաշնակցությանը։ Չի բացառվում, որ բոլոր փոխվարչապետերին կոալիցիայի հետ խորհրդակցելով առաջարկի եւ հաստատի ՀՀԿ-ն»:


«Չորրորդ իշխանություն» թերթը գրում է. ««ՉԻ» տեղեկություններով՝ տեւական ժամանակ է՝ Տրանսպորտի կապի ու ՏՏ նախարարությունը հայտնվել է նախագահի վերահսկողության ծառայության ու Վերահսկիչ պալատի ուշադրության կենտրոնում։ Կատարված ստուգումների արդյունքում՝ այդ օղակների կողմից բազմաթիվ խախտումներ են հայտնաբերվել նախարարությունում։ Ըստ մեր աղբյուրների՝ մեկ տարուց ավելի նախարարի պաշտոնը զբաղեցնող Վահան Մարտիրոսյանը իր գործունեության ընթացքում աղաղակող չարաշահումներ է կատարել։ Նա, ըստ էության, հետ չի մնացել իր նախորդից՝ Գագիկ Բեգլարյանից, նորացված տարբերակով կատարելագործելով վերջինիս աշխատաոճը։ Նախագահականին մոտ կանգնած «ՉԻ» աղբյուրների փոխանցմամբ՝ այս թեմայով առաջիկայում բում է լինելու։ Սպասենք նոր զարգացումների»։


«Հրապարակ» թերթը գրում է. ««Ընտանեկան բռնության կանխարգելման եւ ընտանեկան բռնության ենթարկված անձանց պաշտպանության մասին» օրինագծի քննարկումների ընթացքում եւ դրա շուրջ առաջացած աղմուկի մեջ առանձնապես չի լսվում մեր ազատասեր գործիչների ձայնը: Ո՛չ փողոց են նետվում, ո՛չ կուրծք ծեծում, ո՛չ էլ, մանավանդ, մոխիր լցնում գլուխներին: Իսկ եթե նրանք չեն պայքարում, ապա էլ ո՞վ պետք է պաշտպանի այս ազատաշունչ օրինագիծը, որպեսզի այն օրենք դառնա, պարտադիր նորմ մեր եվրոպականացվող նիստուկացում:


Մենք հասկանում ենք, որ դժվար է հայ հասարակության մեջ այս ականը ներդնելը, բայց մյուս կողմից էլ մենք բազմաթիվ արեւմտամետ գործիչներ ունենք, որոնք մի ամբողջ կյանք այդ նույն հասարակությանը եվրոպական արժեքներ են քարոզել ու համոզել, որ հայը պետք է վերջապես իջնի լեռներից ու ապրի ինչպես առաջադեմ մարդկությունը: «Ընտանեկան բռնության կանխարգելման եւ ընտանեկան բռնության ենթարկված անձանց պաշտպանության մասին» օրինագծը, մինչդեռ, առաջին ծիծեռնակներից է միայն, այսպես ասած` փորձաքար, որպեսզի նաեւ Եվրոպան հասկանա, թե առեւտրի ոլորտից բացի, մյուս ոլորտներում, դիցուք` բարոյականության, մենք որքանով ենք պատրաստ իրեն ինտեգրվելու:


Եվ պատկերացրեք` այս վճռական պահին մեր տարատեսակ ազատականները, գրանտակեր ՀԿ-ները, «կոտոշներ եւ սմբակներ» մթերող արեւմտյան գրասենյակները համարյա լռում են: Իսկ ի՞նչ են անելու նրանք, երբ հերթը հասնի Հայոց բանակում սեռական փոքրամասնությունների ծառայել-չծառայելու օրինագծին, երբ Եվրոպայից ասեն, որ ժամանակն է միասեռ ամուսնությունների գրանցումը թույլատրել: Ի վերջո, այսպիսի բաներով է ժամանակակից Եվրոպան մեզ ասոցացնում իր հետ եւ ոչ թե Բալզակի եւ Գյոթեի, Դյումայի եւ Շեքսպիրի, Բախի եւ Մոցարտի անմահ ստեղծագործությունների մեր իմացությամբ: Եթե այն, ինչ ժամանակակից Եվրոպան եւ Արեւմուտքը փորձում են ներմուծել Հայաստան, իրոք լավ բան է, ապա ինչո՞ւ են մեզ փող տալիս դրա համար: Ինչ է, մեզ առնո՞ւմ են: Կա՞ այսօր Հայաստանում մի մայր, որ իր երեխայի փափուկ տեղերի վրա մատնահետք թողած չլինի, կա՞ մի հայր, որ խոսքով, հայացքով եւ հայրական ապտակով սնած չլինի իր որդուն: Հետեւաբար, ինչի՞ համար է մեր կռիվը: Մի՞թե միայն փողի եւ վիզայի»:


ՀՀ կառավարության հերթական որոշման արդյունքում առաջիկայում ավելի քան 11 մարդ գործազուրկ կդառնա։ «Ժողովուրդ» օրաթերթի հաղորդմամբ՝ առողջապահության նախարարությունը նախատեսել է «Ն.Բ. Հակոբյանի անվան ընդհանուր հիգիենայի և մասնագիտական հիվանդությունների գիտահետազոտական ինստիտուտ»-ը միացնել «Ակադեմիկոս Ս. Ավդալբեկյանի անվան առողջապահության ազգային ինստիտուտ» ՓԲԸ-ին։ Ըստ թերթի, հիմնավորումն այն, որ վերջին տարիներին ընկերությունը անարդյունավետ է գործել, որը պայմանավորված է կադրերի տարիքային բարձր ցենզով, շենքային անհարմարավետ պայմաններով։

Sports: Gegard Mousasi: from exodus in Iran to a life as one of the world’s great road warriors

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Gegard Mousasi: from exodus in Iran to a life as one of the world's great road warriors
 
 By Gareth A Davies
 
 
A fighting man. Gegard Mousasi's face is marked with scars, many of them small, and healed, like the pitted landscape of this road warrior's life. The 32-year-old, fighting for the 51st time and headlining on his Bellator MMA debut against tough Russian Alexander Schlemenko on Friday's card here at the Mohegan Sun on a Native Indian reservation in Connecticut, has plied his trade across the world from Asia, through Europe, to the USA.      
 
Yet his life story is one of Exodus, upheaval, and the long struggle to prove himself. With all that, Mousasi remains one of the quiet men of mixed martial arts, in spite of a history that resonates with turmoil once the lines open up and you read between them.
 
Born in Iran into an Armenian community, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war – in which half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with estimates of a similar number of civilians, are believed to have died – Gegard's formative years were inextricably linked to conflict.
 
The first Persian Gulf War has been compared to World War I with large-scale trench warfare. It was attritional, with manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, and waves of attacks across a no-man's land, and extensive use of chemical weapons.
 
This was the backdrop to the early years of the life of Geghard Movsesian, the youngest child of three, born to Gakik and Lucik Movsesian.  
 
Mousasi's family – parents, brother Gewik and sister Angineh – tripped over the border a few years after the Iran-Iraq war and headed to Holland. Gegard was 8 years old. And impressionable. But it was not a straightforward journey, as the family of five endured eighteen months in a refugee camp there.
 
Mousasi revealed his early years, unaware of the troubles around him. A teary child of 8 saw his blissful life, at least in his eyes, of "playing outside on dusty streets all day in Tehran", was over. Instead, a new world, with many other refugees, all seeking solace in the orange light and new hope of The Netherlands.  
 
The early experiences, whether he knew it or not, created a tough young man who had an inner steel and fearlessness. And a need to prove himself. "My mum and dad were born in Iran. There's a small community of Armenians there, but slowly everyone is leaving. I think there were 200,000 of us there at one time, and it's fallen to around 50,000 now," explains Mousasi softly, accentuating each syllable clearly, his hands clasped together.  There is much reflection in this man.
 
"These days, there are a lot of people who have difficulties getting out of the country so you have to go illegal, but it's not the same as it used to be."  Prior to the Iran Revolution in 1979, it was once Persia, an opulent, glamorous Kingdom. Armenia is on Iran's northern border.
 
"It was once a glamorous place. If you'd seen the King and Queen, you'd have thought it was France. It was such an elegant place."  
 
"My parents had a good life there. They used to live in a village and later they came to Tehran. My dad was a mechanic and my mother was a housewife, who looked after the children."
 
"Iranian people are very hospitable, very family-oriented and besides that they have a very beautiful country. They have mountains, desert, sea [it borders both the Caspian Sea and Indian Ocean] so you have everything. There are four seasons in Iran, so you can go winter skiing, you can go in summer to the beach… it's not a real tourism place, but it's a nice country if you have family and friends to visit there." Mousasi has been back a few times – but only, he explains, "to visit family".  His recollections of Tehran were "a lot of playing in the streets, being at school, football. Back then, you would play a lot outside…"
 
It was a life-changer in Holland. He began by dreaming of being a boxing world champion, watching Oscar De La Hoya, and the heavyweight careers of Mike Tyson, and then Lennox Lewis. He tested himself in an array of combat sports, and found solace. Judo was his first sport. Then he took up boxing.
 
By the age of 16, he was a national amateur champion in his adopted country. Indeed, in 2011, he had revealed that he had contemplated trying to qualify for the London Olympics as a Dutch representative. It never came about. As a teenager, he was also drawn to kickboxing, and then, he walked into an MMA gym. Bingo.
 
Twelve years later, his resume includes victories over Hector Lombard in a Pride Welterweight Grand Prix, success in Dream at middleweight with wins against Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef and Jacare Souza. Then, a move to light-heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight. In Dream's Open Weight Grand Prix, Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt in the opening round. He has even sparred with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in an exhibition match – though he was defeated by an armbar. He defeated Renato Sobral via KO in the first minute of the first round to become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, brought to America to fight for the first time by Bellator's current CEO Scott Coker.
 
It is some resume. And some journey. And after four years in the UFC, fighting the leading middleweights, it was time for a change. He was simply not getting the middleweight title fight he craved. He felt he had proved himself.  But talk to anyone who has worked with Mouasi. He is a technician. He makes very few mistakes.
 
He favours the stand-up; but he's comfortable anywhere. Perhaps he learnt not to make mistakes, unconsciously, in his surroundings as a child. It helped in Holland, which he recalls, was very hard on him, at first. "Yeah, because I was missing my home, my friends…I think it took me six months to a year until I was settled, and of course, we came to Holland where all the refugees go. You had camps for that."
 
"We'd had a normal life in Iran, then you move there and suddenly you were five people in a room, sharing with another family. There were refugees from so many other countries. Eventually we got our house and it wasn't that bad. We were lucky. It took a year and a half. A lot of people stayed there in refugee status for 5 years. You can't get your life started when you are in that situation."
 
"It takes the time off your life. I know some people who took 8 years to get the right to stay in Holland. So for 8 years, they weren't allowed to do anything, go for a job. That's one thing that's bad about immigration. Once you got there, the children would always go to Dutch school, medical care was good, but it's the change you have from having everything in your own country and then you start from zero, and you have to wait."
 
"We didn't get the Visa for staying for 5 years so it took a long time before you could go to work. Then there was the language barrier. It's very difficult. I have one friend whose dad was a surgeon, another who was a high level engineer. But once they come to Holland they were nothing. People want to work but from being respected in your job in your country, you have to start out with nothing. It's not impossible, of course, but it can be very difficult." But looking back, Mousasi now feels lucky.
 
"My dad would take me to judo a few times a week. I got all these things that I was able to do once we were set up in Holland. Everything was taken care of. I think Holland is a country that takes care of their people – one of the best countries in the world."
 
So what drove him ? "I think it had more to do with poverty than a difficult lifestyle. We were not rich. I didn't have money – at least compared to my friends, I didn't."
 
"It was a combination of not wanting to struggle for money, but also that I wanted to be a tough guy, to be respected, too."  The young Gegard had athletic prowess, so he decided to exploit it. "I had talent in judo, I believe. Every time the teacher would show something in class, I would be his favourite student to show it." He learnt quickly. "I think with fighting you have to have a desire to achieve something. You never see a rich kid get to the top of any combat sport because they don't have the drive. All the great boxers come from the ghetto. They all had nothing. They have the desire, the hunger but the rich kid is not going to get punched in the face. Why would they ?"  
 
"I wanted to be a boxer but I knew it wouldn't be possible. It was difficult especially in Holland. But MMA at that moment was doing well in Holland and I liked the fighting styles, so I thought I'm going to do that – it's tougher. You want to be the best and I thought I want to be the best in fighting. Once I'd started, I realised it's better than boxing."
 
"I remember I was doing boxing, and I lost a fight. I was heartbroken. I thought Mike Tyson didn't lose, so I shouldn't lose either. It was my first loss. But then I started kickboxing, and soon afterwards saw MMA. So two or three weeks later I took a fight without really knowing the ground game. I was 17/18 then. I just took every fight that I could at the time whether it was kickboxing or MMA. It just clicked."
 
By now, Gegard had made up his mind that he would become a professional fighter. It didn't go down too well at home. "My mother didn't like watching the fights but I would always do well so it wasn't that bad. At that time I wasn't at a high level, it wasn't on TV, so they didn't see anything. And back then, I never got home injured or with a black eye or whatever, so it wasn't that bad."
 
As the years have passed, and success came, his parents have changed towards his career. He has also invested wisely. "I have some properties," he explains. "But don't expect me to run a gym, it's too much of a headache, though my brother may do that." "I've got my home but I've also bought properties which I rent so I have some income out of that."
 
"Yeah no just properties, any business that I feel like it's worth to invest so far I haven't seen anything to go ok I'm going to invest in that.  My dad is proud but my mother still, she doesn't like to watch the fight. The fight week is hard for her. That week she has a lot of stress."
 
"I always call them after my fights, but normally after the fight my friend already called my mother to tell the result."
 
Mousasi's aspirations are like every other fighter in mixed martial arts today: title ownership.  "Every fight is difficult so I have to be 100% for every fight. It's all about the small details and preparation, the coaching and the game plan. This is the highest league. You can't just make your opponent tired with own conditioning. Everyone is in shape, everyone is ready, everyone is well rounded, everyone understands what is on the line. So every fight is difficult. That's why every fight has to be seen as a championship bout."
 
Now, his aspirations are to win the Bellator middleweight crown, and then take on all-comers. "I feel like Bellator is pushing me and I feel obligated to deliver. Of course there is pressure for me. I've put the hard work in in the gym. I just have to make weight and it will be a good result."
 
Shlemenko is a tough cookie. And Mousasi knows it. But he is confident. Very confident. "I've dealt with that when I fought Uriah Hall. I know what's coming. I shouldn't be too aggressive. I should be smart. I have the reach advantage, physically I'm the bigger guy. Ground, wrestling, technically I'm better. Everything is on my side. I just have to get the job done."
 
"I feel I should be able to finish Shlemenko and be dominant. Also, he brings the fight. He comes to fight. I've never seen him in a boring fight. I'm not worried about a boring fight because he's going to make the fight."
 
There are many options in Bellator – Mo Lawal, Ryan Bader, even Rory McDonald – but for now, reigning at 185lbs is his goal. "Middleweight is my division. I'm at my best at middleweight. If I go to light heavyweight I want there to be something on the line like a belt. Then I'd do that for sure. But there is also Mo Lawal. There would be a huge doctor's cheque for him if we fight."
 
As for the middleweight title, there is already a defence lined up. "Alessio Sakara is fighting Rafael Carvalho (the champion) in December, so I have to wait and see who is champion. I trained with Alessio before in Holland. I know what I'm expecting at least. I've only seen Carvalho fighting Manhoef, so I don't know him that well. He has a good record."
 
"Rory MacDonald might want to come up but he's a welterweight. He's going to give up a size advantage. First I have to beat Shlemenko. He's a good competitor. I trained with Douglas Lima for a week in Holland and there's a size difference. Douglas Lima is tough. Let him first pass him and then we'll see. But there's a size difference. That I can tell for sure."
 
So to Friday night. "I hope to finish Schlemenko. I don't see him being dangerous. But it's a fight. You can get caught with a punch or a kick. I'm sharp, I'm in shape, I know what he's doing, I'm prepared. I should finish him in two rounds." Confident, and happy. A good place for Mousasi right now. "Bellator is open-minded. They talk to the fighters and see what it is they like. I have freedom. It's easy for me to say I want to go up to light-heavyweight, fight the best. That's what I want." And every day, as Gegard Mousasi has known from the start of his life, is a fight for survival. Friday is simply the next test.
 

Sports: Manchester United forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan needs to be protected by Jose Mourinho

manchestereveningnews.co.uk
 Thursday 5:41 PM GMT


Manchester United forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan needs to be protected by
Jose Mourinho

Man Utd star Henrikh Mkhitaryan is vital against Chelsea and Tottenham
and needs Jose Mourinho to help him regain top form.

By Alex Porter


There was little surprise when the board went up after 83 minutes
ofManchester United'sChampions Leaguetie against Benfica andJuan
Mata's number was up.

The diminutive Spaniard is yet to complete the full 90 so far this season.

It has been a feature of the season so far to see Mata depart ahead
ofHenrikh Mkhitaryan, who limped along until stoppage time.

But if there was one match when Mata might have outlasted his
teammate, the one in Lisbon was surely it.

For the second game in a row, Mkhitaryan was a passenger, and given he
was struggling to find a teammate with a simple pass, withdrawing him
earlier might have been kinder.

But it isn't too difficult to see the reason why Jose Mourinho is
tempted to leave the Armenian on the field as long as possible.

A total of two goals and five assists in 11 competitive United
fixtures is an impressive yield for the playmaker who can turn a match
in an instant.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reminds rivals why they should be feared

Swansea in August provided the blueprint. Mkhitaryan was struggling to
influence the game until two brilliant late assists for Romelu Lukaku
and Paul Pogba.

But the 28-year-old has now had two stinkers in succession, and he was
also quiet in the game immediately preceding the international break
against Crystal Palace.

A couple of bad games is no reason to write off any player, but it is
a sign a rest is due. Mkhitaryan has had a heavy workload so far this
season, and has suffered more than most in the absence of Paul Pogba.

But while others around him have been rotated, Mourinho has written
Mkhitaryan's name onto the teamsheet in apparently permanent ink.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have both sizzled this season, but
have been forced into a job share. Mata has been in good form but did
not start at Anfield and has played three fewer games than Mkhitaryan,
while Jesse Lingard's position is getting increasingly chilly.

But Mourinho has a different treatment method for the player signed
from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

It all flies in the face of 12 months' ago, when one bad half against
City ensured he did not feature for United for six weeks and his
confidence suffered.

But being forced through a series of bad performances can also be
damaging to morale.

Manchester United player ratings: Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof class

Mourinho has spoken at length about the benefits Martial and Rashford
have been given when coming off the bench against tired limbs that
have been ravaged by their teammates for 75 minutes, and the two young
forwards are going from strength to strength.

The United manager has the options to give Mkhitaryan the same advantages.

Mata can play centrally, as can Lingard - who is no slouch and has
scored in two Wembley finals for United in the last 18 months.

It does not have to be a case of going all out attack with Rashford
and Martial either side of Lukaku.

Seeing Mkhitaryan coming on late, with his guile and quick brain, is
likely to spark fear in the majority of defences - especially combined
with the speed and power of his teammates.

United have tough fixtures against Spurs and Chelsea coming up, for
which they will need fit and firing Mkhitaryan. There are few in the
league more dangerous than United's Armenian on top form.

Giving him a rest from the start in the next two games may be the
quickest way for Mourinho to get him there.

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Sports: Armenian fighter one of the world’s great road warriors: The Telegraph

PanArmenian, Armenia
Oct 20 2017
Armenian fighter one of the world's great road warriors: The Telegraph

The Telegraph has prepared a feature about Gegard Mousasi, a mixed martial artist of Armenian origin ahead of his Bellator MMA debut against Russia's Alexander Schlemenko on Friday, October 20.

Mousasi was born in Iran to Christian Armenian parents at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, his family name having been changed long before his birth from Mofsesian to Mousasi.

Detailing the turmoil of war, The Telegraph says Mousasi’s family – parents, brother Gewik and sister Angineh – tripped over the border a few years after the Iran-Iraq war and headed to Holland. Gegard was 8 years old.

‘My mum and dad were born in Iran. There’s a small community of Armenians there, but slowly everyone is leaving. I think there were 200,000 of us there at one time, and it’s fallen to around 50,000 now,’ explains Mousasi softly.

It was a life-changer in Holland. He began by dreaming of being a boxing world champion, watching Oscar De La Hoya, and the heavyweight careers of Mike Tyson, and then Lennox Lewis. He tested himself in an array of combat sports, and found solace. Judo was his first sport. Then he took up boxing.

By the age of 16, he was a national amateur champion in his adopted country. As a teenager, he was also drawn to kickboxing, and then, he walked into an MMA gym.

Mousasi’s aspirations are like every other fighter in mixed martial arts today: title ownership. Now, his aspirations are to win the Bellator middleweight crown, and then take on all-comers.

Mousasi is the former DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion, former DREAM Middleweight Champion, former Cage Warriors World Middleweight Champion and the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, thus making himself a four-time World Champion.

Sports: Armenia’s Sona Poghosyan grabs gold at Junior European Championships

Panorama, Armenia
Oct 20 2017
Sport 10:33 20/10/2017Armenia

Armenian weightlifter Sona Poghosyan has won gold at the 2017 European U20 Weightlifting Championships underway in Durres, Albania.

According to the press service of the National Olympic Committee, the Armenian athlete took the gold with a total of 227kg result from both lifts. She also won small gold medals in snatch (97kg) and clean and jerk (130kg) events.

Three other representatives of Armenia – Andranik Karapetyan (85kg), Karush Ghukasyan (94kg) and Arpine Dalalyan (90+ kg) will begin their performances today.