Armenian government makes adjustments to media reports on amount of expenditures for visit of government delegation to United States and Canada

Arminfo, Armenia

Armenian government makes adjustments to media reports on amount of expenditures for visit of government delegation to United States and Canada

Yerevan June 14

Naira Badalyan. The Armenian government makes adjustments to the media's information about the amount of expenses for the visit of the delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan to the United States and Canada. It is reported that in the material "Tigran Avinyan and his team of 2 people spent 7 million 464 thousand AMD during the 6-day working visit" there was a misprint in the amount of financial expenses for the visit. In particular, as is said in the government's explanation, the total amount of financial expenditures from the state budget of Armenia for a working visit to the US and Canada of the delegation led by Tigran Avinyan in the period from June 26 to July 2 was 4.857.000 AMD, and not 7.464.597, as was noted in the early information.

Pashinyan: Part of my briefing in Brussels airport needs clarification

Arminfo, Armenia

Pashinyan: Part of my briefing in Brussels airport needs clarification

Yerevan June 14

Naira Badalyan. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan made an explanation about a fragment of his briefing at the Brussels airport on July 12.

"Part of my briefing at the Brussels airport needs clarification," he wrote on his Facebook page.

"It was like this: during a meeting with one of the EU partners, I expressed bewilderment at the fact that after the revolution the EU does not increase the amount of support provided to Armenia.

The EU representative reacted by stating: "Why do you say so, we increased (support. Ed.) by 10 million EUR. "I said that we have already returned $ 42 million in several criminal cases, and if "shake" one of the corrupt officials known to us, so much money will fall out of his pockets.

The point of what I have said is that a democratic Armenia expects a much more serious consideration," the Prime Minister wrote.

When returning from Brussels to Yerevan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan speaking about his first visit to Europe as prime minister, noted that this visit can be regarded as a visit to establish acquaintance and personal contacts, and in this regard, we can consider the purpose of the visit as completed. "They have only congratulations and compliments for us so far, but they also realized that we are not in a position to melt away from compliments and flattering conversations. I told them that we will complete our democratic reforms and, of course, with the support of our international partners, these reforms will go faster, but we are not in the status of a petitioner, I said that after the revolution we heard many welcoming statements from the EU, but no major changes in policy occurred, the situation is the same as 3-4 months ago .That means, either the yield should be lowered ng the inspiration of these statements, or change the policy, "he said. "I told them directly that we will implement these changes with your support, or without it, for us there is no such topic that if assistance is not provided, reforms will not be carried out." We do not intend to turn democracy and these changes into an object we are fighting against corruption not because the EU demands it, but on the contrary, because our people demand it, I told them very clearly that we did not come here as a candidate, we will still implement our reforms, it's you You can miss your chance to contribute to the plan to support change "The struggle against corruption for us can not become the subject of foreign policy bidding," he said.

In this context, Pashinyan said that recently during a conversation one of the representatives of the EU said in amazement – how, in Armenia was there so much hidden corruption? And Pashinyan answered him: "Do not pretend that you were not aware of it, you knew everything perfectly well, you were aware of everything, there were cases when you decided not to pay attention, hoping to get geopolitical advantages, but now you do not have you are in shock, when a European official said that they are ready to allocate aid to Armenia for a certain amount within the framework of some program, I called him the name of a well- known corruptionist, and said that if we shake him well, then he will have enough money out of his pockets. in sum, if you want, and if you are in trouble, take yourself, spend, and we will find through internal reforms."

Israeli PM responds to letter of Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

ArmenPress, Armenia
Israeli PM responds to letter of Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

YEREVAN, JULY 14, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the letter of Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Hovnan Baghdasaryan– Chancellor of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said on Facebook, reports Armenpress.

The letter sent to the Israeli PM was signed on June 18 by the Armenian and Greek Patriarchs of Jerusalem and the Custos of the Holy Land.

“In the letter the spiritual leaders expressed their concern over the draft being circulated in the Knesset regarding the church properties which soon will be submitted for the discussion of the Council of Ministers. In the letter they express their disappointment over the fact that the draft continues to be discussed at the Knesset despite the assurance by the PM in February according to which the draft discussion will be frozen”, Hovnan Baghdasaryan said.

In his response letter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assures the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem that he tasked to drop out the draft from discussion and instructed minister TzachiHanegbi to meet with the Patriarch to find a solution to the issue.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan

Brussels warmly hosted Armenia’s PM: Summing up Pashinyan’s visit to Belgium

ArmenPress, Armenia
Brussels warmly hosted Armenia's PM: Summing up Pashinyan's visit to Belgium

YEREVAN, JULY 14, ARMENPRESS. Leaders of the world’s leading countries gathered in Brussels on July 11-12 to participate in the NATO summit. During these days Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was also in the Kingdom of Belgium on a working visit.

On the sidelines of his visit, PM Pashinyan had meetings with the heads of NATO, European structures and leaders of several countries. In particular, the Prime Minister met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as EU officials.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also approached to the Armenian PM and congratulated him on his election. During the press briefing at the Brussels airport Nikol Pashinyan told reporters that Cavusoglu swiftly passed by them, then returned some minutes later and approached to the Armenian foreign minister and then to him. “He got acquainted with me and said they were following the Armenian events, and congratulated me on being elected Prime Minister”, Pashinyan said.

At the end of the visit, summing up the results of the meetings, Nikol Pashinyan said the working visit to Brussels was a visit of introductory meetings and establishment of personal contacts.

There is no alternative to self-determination of the Artsakh people

Almost all meetings of the Armenian PM touched upon the need to peacefully settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and restrain Azerbaijan’s aggressive policy in this context. During his remarks at the Carnegie Europe research center PM Pashinyan announced that there is no alternative to the self-determination of the Artsakh people. “The conflict settlement should be based on the mutual concession of all sides. Any attempt to solve this conflict through military means is an attack on democracy, human rights and peace”, the Armenian PM said. These highlights of the Armenian side were maintained also during the meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice President of the European Commission. The latter announced that the peaceful settlement of the NK conflict remains one of the EU priorities.

On the second day of the working visit, PM Pashinyan, in response to the question of one of foreign reporters at the NATO headquarters, made a tough statement, noting that after the democratic revolution in Armenia Azerbaijan has become more aggressive. “It’s not just an aggression against Armenia, it’s an aggressive policy against the democracy in our region”, he said.

During the meeting with President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis PM Pashinyan highlighted the need for the international community to give tough response to Azerbaijan’s attempts to escalate the situation in the line of contact.

Later in the day, during the meeting of the heads of NATO member states and governments, the Armenian PM delivered remarks stating that the recent ceasefire violation and provocation cases provoked by Azerbaijan on the border with Armenia and the line of contact with Artsakh seriously question Baku’s commitment to the peace process. “We reaffirm the importance of the implementation of the previous agreements, in particular, those reached during the meetings in Vienna, St. Petersburg and Geneva, which aim at creating favorable conditions for peace and making confidence-building measures”, the PM said.

New page in Armenia-EU relations

One of the key topics discussed during the visit was the development and further expansion of the Armenia-EU ties. PM Pashinyan announced that the signing of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) opened a new page in Armenia’s relations with the EU. According to him, the effective implementation of the CEPA will contribute to strengthening democracy and human rights, creating better investment environment, increasing business stability and predictability level. In this context Federica Mogherini said Armenia can rely on the EU on the way of initiated rooted reforms. “I am confident that our cooperation will have a bright future, we are ready to assist the ongoing reforms in your country”, she said.

During the meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, PM Nikol Pashinyan thanked for the assistance provided during the previous years and assured that the EU’s both institutional, financial and consulting support will be used more targeted. And during the meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the PM reaffirmed Armenia’s readiness to closely cooperate with the EU. Donald Tusk highlighted expanding the Armenia-EU partnership volumes and welcomed the recent national unity in Armenia. “I have always been the friend of Armenia. What happened in Armenia was unique, I would say, was very European. Your example was very promising and you can expect the EU’s support on the path of implementing the reforms”, Donald Tusk said.

At the end of the visit, the PM told reporters at the airport that Armenia can more quickly implement the reforms by the support of international partners, but it will not be in the status of applier. “Actually, we know what we need to do, and our partners should clarify their actions. After our revolution we have heard numerous welcoming statements from the EU, but there is no tangible change in the policy. The EU’s policy is the same, as it was 4 months ago, and we think that they either need to reduce the tone of their statements or significantly change their policy”, the Armenian PM said.

Anti-corruption fight as a priority

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan introduced his vision on Armenia’s development at the Carnegie Europe research center. In particular, he stated that the new Armenian government will take all necessary steps to eradicate all obstacles that slow down our development. He considered the fight against all forms of corruption as an agenda priority. “Today persons, who previously had a privileged status, feel the whole strictness of justice. All cases will be investigated strictly in accordance with the law”, he said.

Armenia as supporter of international peace

Nikol Pashinyan delivered remarks during the NATO summit in Brussels at the meeting of the heads of states and governments contributing to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. He stated that peace and security are vital for the sustainable development. He added that as an advocate of collective security, Armenia will continue contributing to the efforts aimed at strengthening international peace and security. “Armenia will continue supporting the inclusive peace process led and participated by Afghanistan”, he said.

Today the Armenian people are more united than ever: PM met with the Armenian community

During his working visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the St. Mary Magdalene Church. The representatives of the Armenian community, as well as Armenians from different European countries gathered there. Pashinyan addressed the meeting participants, stating that today the Armenian people are more united than ever. “I urge you to talk about going back to Armenia every day in your families; no matter when it comes – within a month or a year, five or fifteen years. Your children need to hear every day that your goal is to return to Homeland, to live in Armenia and build a more powerful and prosperous Armenia”, he said.

Before this meeting he had a luncheon with the local Armenian businessmen during which he introduced them on the government’s priorities in the economy field, touched upon the fight against corruption and the steps aimed at improving the business environment which the government is going to implement in the future.

Prepared by Araks Kasyan

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan

Turkish Press: Azerbaijan takes Armenian soldier prisoner during clash

World Bulletin, Turkey
Azerbaijan takes Armenian soldier prisoner during clash

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Armenian soldier was taken prisoner during a cross-border gun battle, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said that a clash occurred between an Armenian “reconnaissance-sabotage group” and Azerbaijani soldiers early in the morning.

Karen Kazaryan, an Armenian soldier, was taken prisoner, the statement added. The Azerbaijani army did not suffer any losses, according to the statement.

Azerbaijan and Armenia remain in dispute over the occupied Karabakh region. Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Armenian military support, and a peace process has yet to be implemented.

Film: “Yeva”, “Sunset Truck” win awards at Golden Apricot filmfest

Tehran Times, Iran

TEHRAN – “Yeva”, a co-production between Iran and Armenia and “Sunset Truck”, a co-production between Iran and Germany, won three awards at the 15th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Sunday.

“Yeva” directed by Nahid Abad received the Armenian National Film Academy Award for Best Film.

In addition, the film brought the film’s star Shant Hovhannisyan the Sos Sargsyan Award for Best Actor.

Directed by Abolfazl Saffari, “Sunset Truck” won the Hrant Matevosyan Award for Best Script.

Both films were screened in Armenian Panorama, a non-official section of the festival that took place in the Armenian capital from July 8 to 15. 

Co-written by Saffari and Sajjad Afsharian, “Sunset Truck” is about an Iranian family that have been running a camp for desert lovers for many years. Business is gradually drying when Arash, the youngest son, comes up with a novel idea. Through his skillful use of Facebook, he attracts new visitors to the camp with the promise of providing the most beautiful sunsets anywhere in the world. Business takes off again. However, other problems quickly arise.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi presided over the jury of the official competition this year. He also received Parajanov’s Thaler, an honorary award for his outstanding artistic contribution to the world cinema.

“Volcano”, a Ukraine-Germany co-production directed by Roman Bondarchuk, won the Golden Apricot for Best Film in the official competition.

Germinal Roaux from Switzerland received the Silver Apricot for Best Director for his film “Fortuna”.

Photo: Narine Grigoryan acts in a scene from “Yeva” by Anahid Abad.


Fresno home of William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize playwright and author, to become museum

The Collegian: California State University – Fresno
Fresno home of William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize playwright and author, to become museum
by Dan Waterhouse
The west-central Fresno home of prize-winning playwright and author William Saroyan will open to the public and researchers as a cultural site and museum on Friday, Aug. 31 – on his 110th birthday.
Saroyan lived in the house at 2729 W. Griffith Way the last 17 years of his life. He died in May 1981.
To mark the occasion, there will be a grand opening celebration at Fresno State's Satellite Student Union that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to Liana Nikoghosyan of the Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation of Armenia. The formal program will start at 7 p.m. with a movie about the project, speakers and several musical performances. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP at
Saroyan was born in Fresno in 1908. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940 for "The Time of Your Life" and won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of "The Human Comedy." He wrote extensively about Armenian immigrant life in California and Fresno.
Nikoghosyan said Arthur Janibekyan, founder of the Renaissance foundation, bought the house to save it from foreclosure and being sold at auction in 2016. She said the process of establishing the museum began after that. She said there will be interactive and innovative exhibits, including a hologram of Saroyan.
It will also house a large digital archive about Saroyan. A research area will be created in the house to enable students, scholars and other interested people to benefit from what Saroyan left behind, she added.
The house was placed on the local register of historic resources, and a plaque honoring Saroyan was placed on a wall of the home in 1989, eight years after he died. After his death, it was a rental home for many years and attracted squatters, according to a 2016 Fresno Bee story announcing the museum project.

Armenia Ready to Continue Participating in NATO Mission in Afghanistan – Prime Minister

Sputnik News Service

July 13, 2018 Friday 12:07 AM UTC

Armenia Ready to Continue Participating in NATO Mission in Afghanistan – Prime Minister

YEREVAN, July 13 (Sputnik) – Armenia is ready to continue participating in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, contributing to international efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to this country, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Thursday.

On Thursday, Pashinyan took part in a meeting of non-NATO states' leaders engaged in the alliance's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

"Armenia has been contributing to NATO-led peace operation in Afghanistan since 2010, first as a part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and then of the Resolute Support Mission ​​​… We stand ready to continue our engagement with up to 130 servicemen with the Resolute Support Mission. We have also expressed our readiness to participate in the NATO Enduring Partnership mission, once it replaces the Resolute Support Mission," Pashinyan said at the meeting as quoted by the Armenian government press service.

Pashinyan added that Yerevan would continue supporting inclusive peace process in Afghanistan.

"I would like to once again emphasize that we will continue to support the international efforts to establish a comprehensive peace, prosperity and stability in friendly Afghanistan," the prime minister stressed.

Since February 2010, there were 40 Armenian servicemen in Afghanistan. In June 2011, 81 Armenian servicemen started service at the military base in Mazari Sharif in the north of the country. The Armenian contingent provided security in the local airport, carried patrol service and controlled checkpoints.

In August 2012, the mission of the Armenian contingent in Mazari Sharif ended. A new contingent of Armenian troops, consisting of 131 people, went to Afghanistan that same month to serve in the Mile Spann military base. Armenian peacekeepers have been protecting the checkpoint of the military base and the adjacent territory. All costs for the training and technical support of the contingent of Armenia's peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan were assumed by Germany.

Mai 68, les «gauchistes» arméniens et «Libé»

Libération– France
11 juillet 2018
Mai 68, les «gauchistes» arméniens et «Libé»
Par Sophie Toulajian, agrégée, doctorante en histoire à l'ENS de Lyon 11 juillet 2018 à 20:16    

Stephane Indjeyan, journaliste. Paris, septembre 1978 Christian Poulin / Agence VU

Robert Emmiyan : «Je rêve que mon record soit battu un jour»

La Depeche. France
-8 juillet 2018
Robert Emmiyan : «Je rêve que mon record soit battu un jour»
Les stars de l'athlétisme mondial étaient aussi en tribune ce week-end au Stadium d'Albi. Aux alentours de 15 heures samedi, avaient lieu les qualifications du concours masculin du saut en longueur. Dans les gradins, un homme en chemise blanche se tient le long des rambardes et donne ses conseils à certains athlètes. Il s'agit de Robert Emmiyan, recordman d'Europe de la discipline depuis plus de trente ans (1987, 8 mètres 86).
Aujourd'hui, l'ancien sauteur arménien est devenu président de la fédération d'athlétisme de son pays. «Je suis aussi conseiller pour la Fédération Française et je travaille en tant qu'entraîneur à l'INSEP, je coach deux athlètes pour ces championnats de France Elite» explique-t-il. Président de la fédération arménienne d'athlétisme depuis 2010, Robert Emmiyan a notamment établi une convention avec la fédération française. Elle permet à des athlètes arméniens de s'entraîner et se préparer en utilisant des infrastructures françaises. «Au niveau équipement on n'a pas d'équivalent en Arménie de ce qui se fait en France. Nos athlètes viendront notamment se préparer à Marseille avant les championnats d'Europe de Berlin cet été. Je voudrais vraiment remercier la fédération française pour ça !»
Transmettre à une nouvelle génération
Passionné par son sport, Robert Emmiyan n'a pas pu s'en éloigner après sa retraite en tant qu'athlète de haut niveau. Une carrière sportive qui lui a permis de tisser des liens, essentiels aujourd'hui : «mon parcours au haut niveau m'a permis de me créer un réseau de relations international. Je suis même en bons termes avec mes anciens concurrents comme Carl Lewis ou Mike Powell.» Aujourd'hui, celui qui détient toujours le record d'Europe du saut en longueur, se bat au quotidien pour doter l'Arménie d'installations sportives dédiées à l'athlétisme de haut niveau. Robert Emmiyan veut désormais transmettre son expérience et ses connaissances à une nouvelle génération, avec notamment en tête un but bien précis : «Je rêve qu'un athlète d'aujourd'hui batte mon record vieux de trente ans !»
Corentin Murat