Acting minister: Jirair Sefilian will be granted Armenia citizenship

News.am, Armenia
Nov 10 2018
Acting minister: Jirair Sefilian will be granted Armenia citizenship Acting minister: Jirair Sefilian will be granted Armenia citizenship

16:30, 10.11.2018
                  

YEREVAN. – The founder of Sasna Tsrer party and Karabakh war veteran Jirair Sefilian will be granted the citizenship of Armenia, acting Justice Minister Artak Zeynalyan said.

“The citizenship is granted by the president, we have made a positive conclusion,” he told reporters.

Asked whether the matter is president’s focus right now, Zeynalyan said the problem was solved, and the citizenship will be granted.

Spokesperson for the party Hermine Mkrtchyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am that Sefilian’s application on granting citizenship post factum was declined.

President Sahakyan: Army building had always been and would remain among the most crucial tasks of the state

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 10 2018

On 10 November Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan together with defense minister Levon Mnatsakanyan and other officials observed tactical maneuvers involving troops of the Defense Army’s central military region.

The President noted that army building and consistent enhancement of the armed forces’ operational capacity had always been and would remain among the most crucial tasks of the state and the corresponding work on a consistent basis would be continued in this direction.

On the same day the Head of the State visited the Mets Shen village of the Martakert region, met with the residents and talked on site over the existing problems and ways of solving them.

President Sahakyan gave appropriate instructions to the heads of concerned structures for proper realization of the set tasks.

State minister Grigory Martirosyan and other officials partook at the meeting. 

Turks in France slam Armenian group’s anti-Turkey name

InfoSurhoy
Nov 10 2018
Turks in France slam Armenian group’s anti-Turkey name   
    

Jirair Sefilian denied Armenia citizenship, PM’s office suggests filing a lawsuit

News.am, Armenia
Nov 10 2018
Jirair Sefilian denied Armenia citizenship, PM's office suggests filing a lawsuit Jirair Sefilian denied Armenia citizenship, PM's office suggests filing a lawsuit

11:16, 10.11.2018
                  

YEREVAN. – Political activist Jirair Sefilian was denied Armenia’s citizenship, spokesperson for Sasna Tsrer party Hermine Mkrtchyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.

In August Sefilian, a Lebanese-born Karabakh war veteran, addressed PM Nikol Pashinyan with a request to grant him the citizenship of Armenia in a short period of time, however, PM’s chief of staff Eduard Aghajanyan said the issue can be solved through court.

The party released a statement saying the Armenian government’s chief of staff in fact stated “there is no desire and will to grant citizenship to Jirair Sefilian. And, if Sefilian does not agree with the decision, he is free to file a lawsuit”.  

Sefilian has also applied for the citizenship of Armenia according to the normal procedure, but there have been no response as well. Most likely Sefilian will not be able to run in the early parliamentary elections, since he will not manage to get citizenship by that time.

First Armenia-made military robot tested

News.am, Armenia
Nov 10 2018
First Armenia-made military robot tested First Armenia-made military robot tested

11:27, 10.11.2018

YEREVAN. – A video posted on YouTube shows the tests of the first Armenia-made military robot.

SCORPION IS-15 is one meter and twenty centimeters long and weighs 370 kilos. It can move with speed of 40 km per hour.

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Azerbaijani press: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has gone on for too long – US rep to OSCE

9 November 2018 13:07 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 9

By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:

The United States supports efforts aimed at establishment of trust between Armenia and Azerbaijan and expansion of dialogue in regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenian media reported, referring to Acting Deputy Chief of the US Mission to OSCE Gregory Macris, who made the remarks in an address during the session of the OSCE Permanent Council.

He said that the US is encouraged by recent constructive contacts by the sides at the levels of heads of state and foreign ministers.

"These contacts appear to be paying direct and positive dividends. All three Co-Chairs and the CiO’s Personal Representative reported today a decrease in violence along the Line of Contact and in conflict-affected areas over the past two months," Macris said.

He underlined that the conflict has gone on far too long and it is time for the sides to refrain from mutual accusations and recriminations and prepare their populations for peace.

"The US supports confidence-building measures and increased dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis that can stabilize the security situation and create a more constructive atmosphere for negotiations," Macris noted.

He also said that the US attaches great importance to resolving conflicts in the OSCE area, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the strong engagement of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

"That is why the United States has sent high-level envoys such as National Security Advisor John Bolton and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent to Armenia and Azerbaijan in recent weeks," he said.

Macris concluded by saying that the US shares the view that even though there can be no military solution to this conflict, the status quo is unacceptable.

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: Pashinyan hints at returning Azerbaijani lands… through his 2018 bestseller?

9 November 2018 15:12 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 9

By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:

"Reason says: the whole cannot be endangered because of the part, and, at a minimum, it is necessary to declare, loudly declare that we do not need these fields, that we are ready to return these lands for the sake of peace."

The above line is from a translated fragment of the biographical novel of the acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan entitled "The Other Side of the Earth", which became a bestseller in the country in 2018.

The excerpt was published under the same headline on the Armenian analytical portal "Voskanapat".

Pashinyan, who became Prime Minister of Armenia as a result of the velvet revolution, who was sometimes considered a “protégé” of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, was remembered in 2015 for his claims to to return the occupied regions around Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan.

In 1997-1998, then-President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan proposed a plan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, implying the demilitarization of the occupied territories and the return of a number of settlements to Azerbaijan.

As a result, Prime Minister Robert Kocharyan, Minister of Internal Affairs and National Security Serzh Sargsyan and Minister of Defense Vazgen Sargsyan, dissatisfied with such a plan, actually forced him to resign before the end of his Presidential tenure – February 3, 1998.

During the 2008 presidential election, Ter-Petrosyan, made an attempt to return to power, and as a result he gathered 21.5 percent of the votes and settled for the second place. Serzh Sargsyan, the protege of the incumbent President Robert Kocharyan, won the election.

The opposition, however, did not recognize the election results and accused the authorities of fraud. Thousands of people went out to the streets of Yerevan. The confrontation turned into unrest, during which 131 people were injured, eight of whom died from gunshot wounds. On the same day, Kocharyan announced the state of emergency for 20 days in Yerevan.

The mentioned political biographical novel "The Other Side of the Earth", was published in parts in May-December 2008 in the "Haykakan Zhamanak" newspaper when Pashinyan was hiding.

The author describes in the book how he, allegedly, illegally left Armenia, since he was on the wanted list after the events of March 1, 2008. That is, the book was a direct result of the riots of 2008, when Pashinyan was still a supporter of Ter-Petrosyan. However, we assume that he still remains a supporter of Ter-Petrosyan.

As we see, Pashinyan, like Ter-Petrosyan, even then understood that the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is impossible without the return of Azerbaijani lands, about which, as it turns out, he even openly wrote.

So why did Pashinyan change his rhetoric after coming to power? Is the fact that the power struggle in the country, as the Turkish expert on the Caucasus Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu told Trend earlier, is being built around the Karabakh issue, and if someone tries to change the country's position on this issue, then he can be dismissed from the government the next day?

As we remember, the US Ambassador Richard Mills, in an interview with the Armenian portal EVN Report, stated that Armenia would have to make compromises with Azerbaijan in order to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and expressed hope that the transition period which Armenia had entered would lead to a discussion of the options which the country has and the compromises which the country is ready for, because what he heard before was worrisome.

The topic of returning the lands has recently been heard and is being discussed more and more often in Armenia. Perhaps, instead of engaging in populism in order to preserve power, it is worthwhile to start preparing the people for the compromises that the country will have to make anyway?

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Azerbaijani press: Hikmat Hajiyev: Armenia is isolated and cornered

9 November 2018 15:22 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.9

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Trend’s interview with Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev.

Question: The outgoing week was intensive in terms of the country's foreign policy and was full of numerous meetings of the head of state with foreign delegations.

Answer: The visits to the country during the week, and the meetings held by the head of state with foreign delegations once again showed dynamic, flexible and multilateral foreign policy of Azerbaijan.

Baku hosted a meeting of Palestinian ambassadors in Asian countries, and in this context, the head of state received a delegation led by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.

It should be noted that the Palestinian issue is one of the most pressing topics on the international agenda, and Azerbaijan is contributing to the solution of this issue and elimination of humanitarian problems of Palestinians. The head of state also met with a delegation led by the Minister of the Internal Affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any ties with Armenia due to the occupation and aggressive policy pursued by this country towards Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan is committed to Islamic solidarity and is making a significant contribution to its strengthening by taking effective steps.

Following the first security dialogue held between Azerbaijan and the EU in late October, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus visited Azerbaijan and was received by President Ilham Aliyev.

The EU is one of the important partners of Azerbaijan, and, as one of the high-ranking EU representatives said, Azerbaijan is a country that pursues a stable, modern and moderate policy.

In other words, Azerbaijan is an important partner for the EU. Completion of work on a draft partnership agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU will give an additional impetus to the comprehensive development of cooperation.

During the meeting of the head of state with a delegation led by the head of the US Transportation Command, the sides discussed Azerbaijan’s contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, transit and transport support provided to NATO member countries, and prospects for developing cooperation with the United States in various fields.

In a word, I can say that successful foreign policy activities are carried out under the leadership of the head of state and Azerbaijan’s partnership relations are constantly expanding in terms of geography and content.

Q: The tendency of further strengthening the country's fair position on the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict continues. All parties recognize the unacceptability of the status quo.

A: The unacceptability of the status quo was highlighted in the message of the heads of state of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries during the G8 summit in Deauville in 2011.

Recently, during a briefing of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, held at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the United States and other delegations reiterated the unacceptability of the status quo.

It is clear that the status quo based on the occupation is unacceptable and should be changed. The change of the status quo envisages withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s position on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is based on the norms and principles of international law, resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Helsinki Final Act.

If we look at the period covering the last months, we can highlight the document on partnership priorities with the EU, the final declaration of the NATO Brussels Summit, the address of the Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, US officials and the US ambassador to Armenia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, and the declarations adopted at the trilateral meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, as well as Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in Istanbul.

Generally speaking, these declarations reflect support for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of the borders of Azerbaijan. These documents say that Nagorno-Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan and the conflict’s resolution requires withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

Support for the fair position of Azerbaijan first of all shows the commitment of states to obligations undertaken in accordance with the UN Charter.

Armenia should properly assess the situation and withdraw its troops from the territory of Azerbaijan. Only in this case it is possible to achieve progress in resolving the conflict and to ensure sustainable peace that the region needs.

Q: Several days ago, Astana hosted a summit of heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The summit ended with another failure for Armenia. Despite the wishes and claims of Armenia, the secretary general, who represented Armenia, was recalled from his post ahead of time. Armenia was trying to keep this post until 2020.

A: Naturally, this decision was made by the CSTO member states. Azerbaijan closely watched the CSTO summit. The documents signed at the end of the summit and the final declaration were taken into account. One of these documents is about the legal status of observer countries and partner countries.

As for Armenia, it is obvious that this country is isolated and cornered. It should be noted that Azerbaijan has very close friendship and partnership relations with all CSTO members, except for Armenia for well-known reasons. This cooperation continues to expand in bilateral and multilateral formats.


Azerbaijani press: Azerbaijan pushes into Nakhchivan borderlands forcing Armenia to abandon positions: Bellingcat (PHOTO)

9 November 2018 16:36 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 9

By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:

Strategic height on the border of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Armenia came under Azerbaijani control in August-September 2018, Researcher at the Australian Institute Masis Ingilizian said in his article published on open investigation portal Bellingcat.

Ingilizian also said that Azerbaijani armed forces are currently carrying out engineering works on the Nakhichevan border into what was once considered neutral territory. Satellite imagery reveals Azerbaijan has constructed new roads towards unmanned strategic points along the mountains, leading towards the frontline and Armenian positions.

According to him, Planet Labs' satellite imagery of the region suggests that over the summer and early autumn of this year, Azerbaijan has moved troops into new positions along the mountain which oversees the Armenian first line of defence in the area and a vital Armenian military road (highlighted in yellow in the first satellite image).

When considering satellite imagery since May 2018, it becomes clear that Azerbaijan has shifted even closer to the unofficial demarcation line on the same roads that were being built around May of this year. Ingilizian noted that the mountain northwest of the Arpa River, which now connects to the aforementioned roads, was not fully taken by Azerbaijani forces in May 2018; however, fresh satellite imagery from Planet Labs showing new roads suggests that the mountain is now under Azerbaijan control.

Such a move, according to Ingilizian, could push Armenia off its first implemented line of defence due to increased vulnerability of its positions. In fact, one such post may have already been abandoned due to new Azerbaijani maneuvers (the eastern trench highlighted in red in the second satellite image). Such a turn of events would constitute a new threat in which a seized, neutral territory could pose a threat to Armenian infrastructure and settlements.

As a result of successful actions in May 2018, the village of Gunnut of the Sharur district and the strategic heights of Khunut (2,065 meters), Gyzylgaya (1,683 meters), and Mehridag (1,869 meters), located around the village, came under the control of Azerbaijani units.

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 media outlet distorts my words’, says analyst at Bellingcat

‘Azerbaijani media outlet distorts my words’, says analyst at Bellingcat

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 10, ARMENPRESS. Recently the Azerbaijani media commented on the article by Masis Ingilizian, an analyst at the American Bellingcat center, claiming that the author of the article states that “Azerbaijan has liberated new heights in Nakhijevan”.

Masis Ingilizian told ARMENPRESS that the Azerbaijani media outlet distorted his words and presented the translation of the article with changes.

“There is no word in my article that the Azerbaijani side has captured Armenian heights in Nakhijevan. I have talked about the movements of neutral zone. The Azerbaijani media interpreted the article differently, from the viewpoint beneficial for them, even completely changing my words in some parts. It’s a pity for the news outlet”, Masis Ingilizian said.

Earlier spokesperson of Armenia’s defense ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan also commented on the topic, stating that Azerbaijan once again tries to distort the facts. The spokesperson also added that Azerbaijan has not “liberated” a single millimeter land.