Karmir Shouka residents block Azerbaijani convoy’s way

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Today, on January 25, the residents of the Karmir Shouka in the Martuni region of Artsakh closed the main road of the village for some time in order to stop the line of Azerbaijani cars, the Artsakh NA Deputy Metakse Hakobyan told NEWS.am.

As Hakobyan said, the residents demanded that the Azerbaijanis inform them in advance when they were going to cross the road in convoy.

In addition, residents complain that Azerbaijanis regularly seize animals and do not return them.

Azerbaijani side regularly resorts to provocations, often shots are fired in the direction of the village, insults are uttered against the residents.

The deputy said that the residents also formed a detachment for the self-defense of the village.

We were informed that the road had already been opened by the residents and a convoy of Azerbaijani cars accompanied by Russian peacekeepers had passed.

Armenian Presidential office comments on the scandalous publication by Hetq

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Hetq and other media outlets aim to divert the public attention from the problems and challenges the country faces by publishing various articles about President Sarkissian, the statement of the president's office reads.

The presidential office's statement particularly says that Sarkissian drew public attention to the real problems and challenges facing the state, describing the current situation in the country as a national crisis.

"Therefore, we once again confirm that the assessment of the moment and the real reasons for the president's resignation are clearly and fully presented in the text of the recent statement," the office said.

Hetq.am wrote that prior to being elected President, Armen Sarkissian had citizenship of the small Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. In this regard, Sarkissian had no right to be elected president, since the current legislation doesn't allow this. The National Security Service is now in charge of the publication.


A body of another killed soldier in Artsakh war handed over to the Armenian side

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) search and rescue squads found no bodies killed in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war during their operation in the occupied Mataghis on Monday, Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations said. 

Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani forces handed over in Shushi a body of another killed serviceman to the Armenian side. The body had been reportedly retrieved from Vorotan. A forensic examination is planned to establish the identity of the killed. 

Since the ceasefire of November 2020, 1,707 bodies of fallen troops and civilians have been recovered from the battle zones. 

Remains of another fallen soldier found during Artsakh search operations

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

An Artsakh search and rescue team on Tuesday found the remains of another fallen soldier as a result of the search operations for casualties of the 2020 Artsakh war.

The remains were retrieved from the Azerbaijani-occupied Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the State Service of Emergency Situations said.

The body is yet to be identified through a forensic medical examination. The future directions of the search operations will be communicated further, it noted.

Since the end of hostilities in November 2020, a total of 1,708 bodies of Armenian troops and civilians have been found and recovered from the Artsakh territories occupied by Azerbaijan.

Tigran Abrahamyan: New explosive situation may occur in the South Caucasus

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Opposition lawmaker from 'With Honour' faction Tigran Abrahamyan commented on Facebook the ongoing situation between Russia and Ukraine and its possible implications on the region of the South Caucasus. 

"The serious crisis between Russia and Ukraine with many countries indirectly involved  may lead to a new explosive situation in the region of the South Caucasus in case of escalation. Much depends on the scale of the possible clash, failure to address the crisis situation with visible or invisible sides in it. In that scenario no rapprochement with  Turkey and Azerbaijan, readiness to accept preconditions may save the Armenian leaders. The Armenian authorities have no tool of risk and crisis management which is why any explosive situation in our region may generate new threats for the  Republic of Armenia," Abrahamyan said. 

MP: Hayastan faction submitted two applications to Constitutional Court

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

The opposition Hayastan faction submitted two applications to the Constitutional Court of Armenia in the recent past, MP Aram Vardevanyan said on Facebook on Tuesday.

“The first complaint concerns Article 135 of the Criminal Procedure Code – arrests, the wording of reasonable suspicion, the evidence threshold and its interpretation by the Supreme Judicial Council. The same application also challenges the inadmissibility of revoking the grounds for arrest,” he wrote.

The second application disputes the paragraph of the law "On Procurement", according to which the protocol expenses of the president, parliament speaker and prime minister are considered a state secret.

"The mentioned regulation and its application have proved that those officials remain outside public control, which is unacceptable in a democratic society," the MP stressed.

Vardevanyan also spoke about several legislative initiatives, including a bill calling for the elimination of penalty points for drivers, stressing the introduction of the system has not had a positive impact on road safety.

In addition, the Hayastan faction is working on another bill on the disproportionality of the minimum wage and the financial burden of PCR tests. Vardevanyan promised to provide further details in the near future.

ANCA: Azerbaijan’s embassies around the world are ‘less diplomatic missions and more ATMs’

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Azerbaijan’s embassies around the world are “less diplomatic missions and more ATMs”, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) said in a tweet on Tuesday, referring to an ongoing investigation involving American businessmen and Azerbaijan.

“Increasingly clear that Azerbaijan’s embassies around the world are less diplomatic missions and more ATMs – cash machines delivering illegal bribes at Aliyev’s direction,” the ANCA tweeted.

The FBI raided Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office in Texas last Wednesday as part of a wide-ranging federal probe relating to Azerbaijan and several U.S. businessmen, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Cuellar, who represents Texas' 28th Congressional District along the U.S.-Mexico border, has been in Congress since 2005. In recent years he has served as a co-chair of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, and repeatedly met with Azerbaijan officials, including the ambassador of Azerbaijan, Elin Suleymanov.

Hayastan faction to announce its decision on presidential candidate soon, secretary says

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

The opposition Hayastan parliamentary faction is discussing the issue of nominating a presidential candidate, its secretary Artsvik Minasyan told a briefing on Tuesday, adding their decision will be unveiled soon.

“We are holding discussions at this point. We will announce our decision in the near future,” he noted.

Referring to Nikol Pashinyan’s remarks that the Armenian parliament should elect a new president who will be in sync with his government and the parliament majority, Minasyan the new president cannot be only "the president of the political majority".

“The president must ensure the full implementation of the approaches stipulated by the Constitution,” he said.

Hayastan faction MP Anna Grigoryan called Pashinyan's statement on political harmony between the president, legislative and executive branches “dangerous”.

"Pashinyan wants the president to be someone who will not raise objections to any issue, will not create obstacles, will be completely silent and oblivious to the situation in the country," the lawmaker said.

President Armen Sarkissian submitted resignation late on Sunday, stating that the president does not have the necessary tools to influence the important processes concerning the domestic and foreign policy in difficult times for the country.

He is entitled to withdraw his resignation within one week.

Composer Loris Tchgnavoryan dedicated two works to victims of the Artsakh 44-day war

Armenia – Jan 25 2022

Iranian-Armenian composer, conductor Loris Tchgnavoryan have authored more than 40 works in the past two years, including two major pieces which he had dedicated to the victims of the 2020 artsakh war. The latest work is a requiem in memory of the pandemic victims. Tchgnavoryan is visiting Armenia and his remarks came on January 24 at the meeting with Armenia's Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sport Vahram Dumanyan. 

As the press service at the ministry reported, the conductor noted that he is visiting Armenia every time with great enthusiasm and expectations: "I am linked to the motherland with the most cherished memories," Tchgnavoryan said. 

The meeting discussed joint initiatives, development and implementation of new projects, the possibilities to present the latest works of the maestro in the motherland. 

Minister Dumanyan also invited the maestro to the concert entitled 'To the Heroes:44' on January 25 at Aram Khachaturian concert hall which will feature the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra and is dedicated to the victims of the 44-day Artsakh war. 

Greek police worked with xenophobes to arrest me – Turkish-Armenian linguist

Jan 11 2022

Turkish-Armenian linguist Sevan Nişanyan has said that he was arrested by Greek police cooperated with members of far-right groups in Greece targeting him over his restoration plans on the island of Samos.

The Sixty-six-year-old writer has been living in Greece for the past four years, after fleeing in 2017 a Turkish prison, where he was serving a prison sentence on charges of violating zoning laws.

Greek police arrested Nişanyan in Samos on Dec. 31. The incident, announced by Nişanyan’s wife on Twitter, took place after Greek authorities refused to renew his residence permit following his declaration by Athens as “persona non grata.”

The linguist was released after spending nine days in custody on condition that he will leave the country within two weeks, the Armenian Embassy in Athens announced earlier this month.

Samos and all of the Greek islands in recent years are seeing a surge in xenophobia and racism, Nişanyan told Alin Ozinan for Artı Gerçek TV in an interview published on Sunday.

"The police force is among the agitators in this matter and it appears as though – as a result of a ridiculous chain of paranoia and hearsay-  they came to the conclusion that I needed to go back to Turkey as a Turk,’’ the linguist said.

A rise in the number of people crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to seek asylum in the European Union at Greece’s borders has exacerbated tensions between the two neighbouring countries for years.

Nişanyan told Artı Gerçek TV that he made “tactical and strategic’’ mistakes when he first arrived in Samos, including a series of plans to renovate old buildings, a field in which he is an expert, in an effort to increase the island’s appeal.

This translated to “A Turk has arrived and he is going to try and take our village from us,” for locals, Nişanyan said. “The only thing produced on this island is gossip.’’

Nişanyan said he has taken legal action over his deportation, but if all fails, he is ready to relocated to another country.

The linguist in October was declared persona non grata by Greek authorities, which he said he found out as he was trying to go back to the island of Samos following a visit to Belgrade.