The Azerbaijani threat to Armenia’s borders

France 24
Sept 17 2021

Ten months after the defeat of Armenian forces against Azerbaijan in the war for control of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia is seeing its border regions come under threat from Baku. According to Yerevan, hundreds of Azerbaijani soldiers have entered Armenian territory since mid-May 2021, particularly in the Syunik and Gegharkunik border provinces. The situation is sparking concern and even panic in Armenia, particularly in villages close to the frontier, where incidents are frequent. Our team on the ground reports.

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Azerbaijani police checks on Goris-Kapan road do not affect Armenian drivers

Caucasian Knot, EU
Sept 16 2021

On the road from Goris to Kapan, Azerbaijani policemen do not inspect cars with Armenian state registration numbers, but residents of border regions prefer to use an alternative road. There are complaints against Azerbaijani policemen for their rough treatment, the Vice Mayor of Goris reports.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on September 9, the Azerbaijani side arranged a police checkpoint on the Azerbaijani section of the road from Goris to Kapan, and it began operating on September 11. The police checkpoint was arranged in violation of international norms, the Ombudsperson of Armenia Arman Tatoyan stated. Several days after the opening of the police checkpoint, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Azerbaijan reported about the detention of two Iranian truck drivers who transported cement.

The “Caucasian Knot” correspondent has been informed by Karo Kocharyan, Vice Mayor of Goris, that Armenian vehicles are not stopped at the Azerbaijani police checkpoint.

“However, there were cases when Azerbaijani policemen were rude to Armenian drivers when requesting them to quickly pass by concrete barriers. There is almost no traffic at night, because people are afraid of travelling through the dark,” Karo Kocharyan said.

Residents prefer to travel from Goris to Kapan along an unfinished road through Tatev so as not to meet Azerbaijani soldiers, the Vice Mayor of Goris has added.

According to him, a 21-kilometre section of the road has been under the control of Azerbaijan since December 2020. “The road is a serpentine there. In some places, it passes through the territory of Armenia, and in other places, the road goes through the territory, the control over which passed to Azerbaijan. In case if the road is closed, residents of three villages, including Vorotan, Shurnukh, and Bartsravan, will face problems. There are a dirt road and forest paths leading to villages, but they will not be able to solve the problem if traffic on the road is blocked,” the Vice Mayor of Goris explained.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on at 04:52 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tigran PetrosyanSource: CK correspondent

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Armenia files complaint against Azerbaijan at UN Court

Caucasian Knot, EU
Sept 17 2021

Armenia has asked the UN International Court of Justice to oblige Azerbaijan to stop torture and killings of Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) and compensate for human rights violations.

Armenia has filed a complaint with the UN International Court of Justice against Azerbaijan, in which it claims a violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The complaint says that for decades Azerbaijan has been subjecting Armenia to racial discrimination, which was expressed, among other things, in the massacres and torture of POWs, says a message posted on September 16 on the website of the International Court of Justice.

"Even after the end of hostilities, after the ceasefire, the agreement which entered into force on November 10, 2020, Azerbaijan continues killings and violence against Armenian POWs, hostages and other detained persons," says the statement of the Armenian party as quoted in a press release of the Court, which was translated by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Armenia asks the UN International Court of Justice to bring Azerbaijan to justice for the acts committed in order to prevent such violations in the future, and also demands compensation for the committed violations, the statement informs.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on at 08:39 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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Soldier wounded in a shelling attack in Nagorno-Karabakh

Caucasian Knot, EU
Sept 17 2021

Soldier Vruir Shakhramanyan was wounded in a shelling attack from the Azerbaijani side, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Nagorno-Karabakh reported.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Azerbaijan and Armenia regularly exchange accusations of violating the ceasefire in the Karabakh conflict zone and on the border of the two countries. The authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh also claimed shelling attacks from the Azerbaijani positions. So, on September 7, the Ombudsperson of Nagorno-Karabakh reported that a house of a resident of the Tagavard village was damaged during a shelling attack from the Azerbaijani side.

Today, at about 12:30 p.m., “the Azerbaijani armed forces have violated the ceasefire” in the west of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ministry of Defence of the unrecognized republic reports.

“As a result, Vruir Vardanovich Shakhramanyan, a soldier of the Defence Army, got a gunshot wound. In connection with the incident, the relevant information was provided to the commanders of the Russian peacekeeping contingent,” reads the report posted on the official website of the MoD of Nagorno-Karabakh as translated from the Armenian language by the “Caucasian Knot”.

As of 3:07 p.m. Moscow time, the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan has not posted on its official website any comment on the above information.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on at 03:10 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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Customs problem is a result of fuzzy Yerevan-Baku agreements

Caucasian Knot
Sept 17 2021

Azerbaijan is unilaterally regulating the traffic on the Goris-Kapan highway, since no specific mechanisms of post-war interaction with Armenia have been stipulated, political analysts assert.

The opening of the post is backed by Azerbaijan's fears that Iran might supply military items to Nagorno-Karabakh, Andrias Gukasyan, a political analyst, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on September 9, the Azerbaijani side arranged a police checkpoint on the Azerbaijani section of the road from Goris to Kapan, and it began operating on September 11. The police checkpoint was arranged in violation of international norms, the Ombudsperson of Armenia Arman Tatoyan stated. Several days after the opening of the police checkpoint, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Azerbaijan reported about the detention of two Iranian truck drivers who transported cement.

The problem is that Azerbaijan made a decision to set up a police post unilaterally, Mr Gukasyan has added and explained: "When the decision was made on the functioning of this section of the Goris-Kapan highway, all possible details were not thought out. The November 9, 2020, statement (made by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on end of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, – note of the "Caucasian Knot") failed to stipulate, in particular, mechanisms for maintaining the ceasefire regime, the functioning of corridors and security issues."

The opening by Azerbaijan of a police post on the Goris-Kapan highway is contrary to Iran's interests; and these actions violate the principle of good-neighbourly relations, Saak Shakhmuradyan, an Iranian political observer, believes. "By an order from Russia and Turkey, Azerbaijan is trying to cut off Armenia from Iran and deprive it of the exit, via Armenia and Georgia, to the Black Sea and to Europe. This road is of great importance for Iran, which is striving to break the US blockade," Mr Shakhmuradyan told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on at 08:12 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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A new February Uprising in Armenia?

Sept 18 2021
by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR



The events held in Armenia after the early elections of the National Assembly on June 20 2021, are more and more reminiscent of the situation in Armenia before the February revolt of 1921, a burst of despair that had catastrophic historical and political consequences for Armenia.

The political persecution of opposition figures, especially the decapitation of the Syunik region, the unreasonable removal of the respected officers from the army, primitive quarrels in the National Assembly in the face of growing security crisis, consistent tensions of the whole situation intended to create an atmosphere of deep despair, as it was in February 1921. 

Thus, after establishing the Soviet regime in Armenia on December 2, 1920, Russian-Turkish negotiations determined the new Russian-Turkish borders.

However, the presence of the Armenian side in those negotiations could have caused unnecessary problems on the border issues.

Therefore, it was necessary to create a situation that would make the participation of the Armenian SSR impossible and enable the Bolsheviks to draw the borders of Armenia at their own discretion. 

The Revolutionary Committee of Armenia, violating the Armenian-Russian agreement (commonly known as the Dro-Legran Agreement) in December 1920 – February 1921 created an unbearable atmosphere of repressions and persecution.

The arrests and massacres of more than two hundred Armenian officers, politicians and intellectuals on the night of 10 February 1921 was the last drop that overfilled the cup of patience and forced people to raise a rebellion led by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, suspending the power of the Revolutionary Committee at least in the Ararat Valley. 

When analyzing the course and chronology of the February uprising, one can mention that the Revolutionary Committee handed over Yerevan almost without resistance and pulled back its armed forces to Akhta (currently Hrazdan) and Khamarlu (currently Artashat), in the north to Aparan; and in the West were Turkish troops.

The situation was completely advantageous for the Bolsheviks, since Alexander Bekzadyan, the People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs of Soviet Armenia had no grounds to participate in the Russian-Turkish negotiations in Moscow, and the “Salvation Committee of the Fatherland” blocked in Yerevan was isolated from the external world with having no chance of survival.

The plan worked.

Alexander Bekzadyan did not take part in the Russian-Turkish conference in Moscow due to the fact that the government he represented did not exist anymore, and the Salvation Committee of the Fatherland was eliminated within two weeks after signing the Moscow Treaty. 

Today through consistent processes despair and deadlock is becoming embedded within the patriotic and honest layers of the Armenian society, thus creating fertile ground for the uprising and rebellions (especially organized by Russia-Turkey-Azerbaijan – the black triangle special forces to proceed with predetermined scenario). 

This will give the Kremlin a so-called legal basis to implement actions envisaged within the framework of the CSTO or the Armenian-Russian interstate agreements and ultimately diminish the Armenian statehood.

This will lead to chaos in Armenia driven by foreign forces, and once again the issues with Armenian borders will be resolved without Armenia’s participation, and the local agents of the black triangle will get a “chance” to blame each other further. 

Post Scriptum: Not to give the reader the impression that we argue the Right of Rebellion, let us also remind you that in 1920-21 Garegin Nzhdeh disobeyed the order from Yerevan to leave Syunik since he knew the significance of Syunik for Armenia’s survival.

Unlike the Yerevan leaders, Nzhdeh also had a strategic understanding of geopolitical processes, will and knowledge to keep Syunik until the Russian-Turkish trade was over.

Moreover, the rebellious Syunik became the lifeline for the rescued Armenian intelligence, later playing a key role in Armenian communities. 

Today Syunik is beheaded. The logic of the ongoing processes suggests that we are witnessing the penultimate round of the Lenin-Kemal-2 operation: to initiate an imitation of a real rebellion by Black triangle’s local agents and puppets, which will ultimately push out Armenia even from the minimal participation in political processes, as well as discredit the idea of a real resistance. 

If the heirs of the two-year-old First Republic, after a thousand years of stateless existence, may have had excuses about not understanding the fundamental driving forces and goals of historical political processes, we need to understand the lessons of 1920-21 a hundred years later, since the price of these events was irreparable. 

Therefore, systematic actions based on the fundamental understanding of geopolitical and historical processes is the only way to stop this destructive wheel. 

By the Armenian Network State Foreign Affairs Think Tank special for Greek City Times 


Armenia and Europol Sign Agreement to Tackle Cross-Border Organized Crime

Sept 18 2021

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organized property crime and trafficking in human beings.

On September 16, Europol and Armenia signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. 

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organized property crime and trafficking in human beings.

The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data, and will lead to the secondment of an Armenian Liaison Officer to Europol.

The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Armenia and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organized crime. 

After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Armenia.

Read the announcement at Europol

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/border-security/armenia-and-europol-sign-agreement-to-tackle-cross-border-organized-crime/

Armenia and Europol Sign Agreement to Tackle Cross-Border Organized Crime

Sept 18 2021

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organized property crime and trafficking in human beings.

On September 16, Europol and Armenia signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. 

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organized property crime and trafficking in human beings.

The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data, and will lead to the secondment of an Armenian Liaison Officer to Europol.

The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Armenia and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organized crime. 

After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Armenia.

Read the announcement at Europol

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/border-security/armenia-and-europol-sign-agreement-to-tackle-cross-border-organized-crime/

ARMENIA AND EUROPOL SIGN AGREEMENT TO COMBAT CROSS-BORDER SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME

EUROPOL
Sept 18 2021
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On 16 September, Europol and Armenia signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. 

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.

The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data, and will lead to the secondment of a Armenian Liaison Officer to Europol.

The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Armenia and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organised crime. 

After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Armenia.

ARMENIA AND EUROPOL SIGN AGREEMENT TO COMBAT CROSS-BORDER SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME

EUROPOL
Sept 18 2021
        Press Release
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THIS NEWS/PRESS RELEASE IS ABOUTTRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS

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On 16 September, Europol and Armenia signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. 

The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.

The agreement allows for the exchange of general strategic intelligence as well as strategic and technical information and operational information with the exception of personal data, and will lead to the secondment of a Armenian Liaison Officer to Europol.

The signing of the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation concludes the successful negotiations between Armenia and Europol on how to effectively join forces to fight serious and organised crime. 

After entry into force of the agreement, this new level of cooperation will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and Armenia.