No verified information about resettlement of Lebanese Armenians in Karabakh, Maria Zakharova says

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 17 2020

"We have seen reports about the resettlement plans of the Nagorno Karabakh de facto authorities for Armenians who left Lebanon. We have also seen reports that two Lebanese-Armenian families have expressed desire to resettle in Nagorno Karabakh," Spokeswoman at Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told at a briefing on Thursday. "However, we do not possess verified information about the real influx of Lebanese Armenians into Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding territories," added Zakharova.

Her comments came at a request of Azerbaijani reporter to comment on the issues.

In the words of the Russian diplomat, the time is now to concentrate on resumption of the peace process, including on issues of refugees and internally displaced persons in Karabakh.

Zakharova next recalled the latest consultation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs with Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs and the proposal to hold separate talks with the Co-Chairs. The Russian diplomat expressed hope for a positive feedback from the sides.


No verified information about resettlement of Lebanese Armenians in Karabakh, Maria Zakharova says

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 17 2020

"We have seen reports about the resettlement plans of the Nagorno Karabakh de facto authorities for Armenians who left Lebanon. We have also seen reports that two Lebanese-Armenian families have expressed desire to resettle in Nagorno Karabakh," Spokeswoman at Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told at a briefing on Thursday. "However, we do not possess verified information about the real influx of Lebanese Armenians into Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding territories," added Zakharova.

Her comments came at a request of Azerbaijani reporter to comment on the issues.

In the words of the Russian diplomat, the time is now to concentrate on resumption of the peace process, including on issues of refugees and internally displaced persons in Karabakh.

Zakharova next recalled the latest consultation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs with Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs and the proposal to hold separate talks with the Co-Chairs. The Russian diplomat expressed hope for a positive feedback from the sides.


European Commission urges Turkey not to intimidate neighboring countries

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 17 2020

The European Union understands Turkey’s difficulties, but does not consider them to be an excuse for its aggressive behavior in the region, Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday in the European Parliament.

"Yes, Turkey has a problematic neighborhood. And yes, it accepts millions of refugees, for which we support it with significant funding. But none of this can justify its attempts to intimidate its neighbors," von der Leyen said.

Head of the European Commission noted that although Turkey is geographically close to the European Union and will always be its close neighbor, the misunderstanding between Ankara and Brussels is growing.

"Turkey is and always will be an important neighbor, but although we are geographically close, the distance between us is likely to continue to grow," she said.

Von der Leyen also added that Greece and Cyprus "can always count on European solidarity in protecting their sovereign rights."

Turkey has recently been actively searching for deposits in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which has led to tensions with Greece, Cyprus and other European countries, which believe that the Turkish side is looking for deposits in areas not belonging to it.



European Commission urges Turkey not to intimidate neighboring countries

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 17 2020

The European Union understands Turkey’s difficulties, but does not consider them to be an excuse for its aggressive behavior in the region, Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday in the European Parliament.

"Yes, Turkey has a problematic neighborhood. And yes, it accepts millions of refugees, for which we support it with significant funding. But none of this can justify its attempts to intimidate its neighbors," von der Leyen said.

Head of the European Commission noted that although Turkey is geographically close to the European Union and will always be its close neighbor, the misunderstanding between Ankara and Brussels is growing.

"Turkey is and always will be an important neighbor, but although we are geographically close, the distance between us is likely to continue to grow," she said.

Von der Leyen also added that Greece and Cyprus "can always count on European solidarity in protecting their sovereign rights."

Turkey has recently been actively searching for deposits in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which has led to tensions with Greece, Cyprus and other European countries, which believe that the Turkish side is looking for deposits in areas not belonging to it.



Armenia To Tighten Gambling Laws With Location Restrictions

inkedin
Sept 17 2020

It is confirmed that Armenia is tightening its gambling laws, with steps that affect both the location and size of betting venues.

Reported by Armenian media outlets, Finance Minister Atom Janjughazyan announced during a government meeting that bookmakers would now be allowed to operate only at locations that are some distance away from ‘heavily populated areas, as well as educational or cultural institutions, government offices or hospitals.’

As it stands, bookmakers are licenced to operate in Armenia, with most of the venues within heavily populated residential areas.

However, the new regulations mean that Yerevan bookmakers would need to move their offices to more than 150 metres away from the areas mentioned. Elsewhere, the distance is 100 metres, with the exception of the Syunik, Meghri and Tavush administrative centres, where the limit is set at 50 metres.

Janjughazyan said: “This is negatively impacting the society by creating the dangers of easily being allured with gambling. In particular, such facilities should have additional premises, in particular, a foyer, which is to be separated from the general gambling hall for checking the IDs of people.”


Armenia To Tighten Gambling Laws With Location Restrictions

inkedin
Sept 17 2020

It is confirmed that Armenia is tightening its gambling laws, with steps that affect both the location and size of betting venues.

Reported by Armenian media outlets, Finance Minister Atom Janjughazyan announced during a government meeting that bookmakers would now be allowed to operate only at locations that are some distance away from ‘heavily populated areas, as well as educational or cultural institutions, government offices or hospitals.’

As it stands, bookmakers are licenced to operate in Armenia, with most of the venues within heavily populated residential areas.

However, the new regulations mean that Yerevan bookmakers would need to move their offices to more than 150 metres away from the areas mentioned. Elsewhere, the distance is 100 metres, with the exception of the Syunik, Meghri and Tavush administrative centres, where the limit is set at 50 metres.

Janjughazyan said: “This is negatively impacting the society by creating the dangers of easily being allured with gambling. In particular, such facilities should have additional premises, in particular, a foyer, which is to be separated from the general gambling hall for checking the IDs of people.”


Armenia passes a law for keeping bookmakers away from populated areas

The Indian Wire
Sept 17 2020

Government of Armenia on September 17 has passed a decision where bookmakers would be kept at a certain distance from main stream population. The Armenian Government has done so with the view to prevent the people from being allured by bookmakers and to prevent losses of money.

Bookmakers will have to relocate their offices which would be at least 150 meters away from populated areas such as educational institutions, historic-cultural institution, state and local self governing offices and hospitals. The distance is 100 meter elsewhere, with the exception of administrative centers of Syunik, Meghri and Tavush where the limit is set at 50 meters, reported ArmenPress.

Finance Minister of Armenia, Atom Janjughazyan said at the Cabinet meeting that, “Currently bookmakers have offices mostly in heavily populated areas. This is negatively impacting the society by creating the dangers of easily being allured with gambling”, reported ArmenPress.

The authorities stated that they have developed the law after studying international practices.


Armenia passes a law for keeping bookmakers away from populated areas

The Indian Wire
Sept 17 2020

Government of Armenia on September 17 has passed a decision where bookmakers would be kept at a certain distance from main stream population. The Armenian Government has done so with the view to prevent the people from being allured by bookmakers and to prevent losses of money.

Bookmakers will have to relocate their offices which would be at least 150 meters away from populated areas such as educational institutions, historic-cultural institution, state and local self governing offices and hospitals. The distance is 100 meter elsewhere, with the exception of administrative centers of Syunik, Meghri and Tavush where the limit is set at 50 meters, reported ArmenPress.

Finance Minister of Armenia, Atom Janjughazyan said at the Cabinet meeting that, “Currently bookmakers have offices mostly in heavily populated areas. This is negatively impacting the society by creating the dangers of easily being allured with gambling”, reported ArmenPress.

The authorities stated that they have developed the law after studying international practices.