Reopening Of Foreign-Language Schools Is Diversion On Armenian Langu


On May 12 members of We are Against the Reopening of Foreign-Language
Schools public initiative convened their first meeting and discussed a
recent initiative by the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia
over reopening foreign-language schools.

They also released a statement which says that the Ministry’s move
is a diversion on the Armenian language and the independent state.

"Should the bill proposed by the Ministry be adopted, Armenian will
become a language of everyday use, while the Armenian language must
be used in all aspects of life for its overall development," reads
the statement.

Further it says that Minister Armen Ashotyan’s assertion that the
would-be foreign-language schools will provide a high-quality education
is just a racist approach towards the Armenian mindset.

"The language that has a literary history lasting for millenniums is
capable to meet all the requirements of modern educational system. The
quality of education depends not upon the language of teaching but
rather on the programs, the principles of teaching, the qualification
of the specialists and the organizational order."

The initiative that has already one thousand members was created just
a fortnight ago on the famous social network Facebook and is available
at: !/group.php?gid=112426852 127161&ref

Cyprus’ Silent Occupation: Ambassador Sheds Light On Little-Known Co

James Sprague

The News Record – Student Newspaper
May 12 2010

His Excellency Andreas Kakouris, the Republic of Cyprus’ ambassador
to the United States, visited the University of Cincinnati campus to
remind Americans that human injustices are still occurring outside
U.S. borders.

The 36-year occupation by Turkey of a portion of Cyprus was the focus
of a lecture given by the ambassador Tuesday, May 11 at the Max Kade
German Cultural Center.

Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and once
belonged to the Roman, Ottoman and British empires before becoming
an independent republic in 1960. The republic was admitted to the
European Union in 2004.

Kakouris described the history of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which
occurred in July 1974 as an effort by Turkey to restore constitutional
order to the island. It resulted instead in the occupation of nearly
37 percent of the island’s territory and is still ongoing.

Kakouris also shared his feelings on the lack of attention given to
the Turkish occupation, which is currently non-violent.

"[The occupation] is morally, ethically and legally wrong," Kakouris
said. "Unfortunately, we live in a society that, unless one sees
blood spilled, it is not news."

In 1983, Turkey declared a "unilateral declaration of independence"
in the area occupied by its military. The declaration was condemned
as illegal by the United Nations, which called for the withdrawal of
Turkish troops.

Approximately 5,000 Greek Cypriots (Cyprus citizens) were killed,
200,000 were forced from their homes and 1,619 were reported missing
during the invasion. Among those missing were five American citizens.

Kakouris compared the Turkish occupation to a political ethnic

"Turkey brings illegal settlers to the island to change the
demographics of the island," Kakouris said.

Kakouris expressed hope for continued negotiations with Turkey and
how Cyprus is determined to do it without outside influences.

"If this doesn’t work out, we will regroup and try again," Kakouris

Previous negotiation efforts aided by other countries failed, due in
part to those countries doing what they though was in Cyprus’s best
interest, Kakouris said.

Kakouris finished his lecture outlining the goal of the Cyprus

"All we want in Cyprus is those values and principles that you hold
dear here in the United States," Kakouris said.

The lecture was enjoyable, said Zoe Desalle, a third-year history

"There was a certain bias but that is to be expected," Desalle said.

Kakouris expressed his pleasure with the visit to UC and being able
to discuss world affairs with students and faculty.

"I’m very appreciative," Kakouris said.

Other stops Kakouris made while in Cincinnati included Children’s
Hospital, where he met staff that will be treating a Cypriot child
this summer.

Kakouris acknowledged UC’s archaeological reputation during the

"UC is rather prolific in digging and Cyprus is an archaeological
playground," Kakouris said.

The ambassador also met with UC Provost Anthony Perzigian, who is of
Armenian descent. Armenians are among the population of Cyprus.

"They had a connection," said Lia Seremetis, a fourth-year
communication student who spent the past two months organizing the
ambassador’s visit.

Seremetis felt the audience was impacted by Kakouris’s lecture.

"It was amazing," Seremetis said. "You could tell the audience was

The UC political science, European studies and UC international
departments sponsored the lecture.

Turkish Scholar Taner Akcam Advocates Change In Policy Of Genocide D

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier
13:45 11/05/2010


Dr. Taner Akcam, one of the first Turkish scholars to acknowledge
the Armenian Genocide, delivered two important lectures in Southern
California last week. Based on historical research, he analyzed the
underpinnings of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and proposed
solutions for its official acknowledgment.

Prof. Akcam made his first presentation at Valley Beth Shalom in
Encino on May 6, before the screening of Dr. J. Michael Hagopian’s
Genocide documentary "The River Ran Red." Rabbis Harold Schulweis and
Edward Feinstein, Jewish World Watch President Janice Kamenir-Reznik,
Dr. Hagopian, 96, a genocide survivor, and Archbishop Hovnan Derderian
made brief remarks.

Dr. Akcam, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Armenian
Genocide Studies at Clark University, explained that the "continuity"
of the "military and civilian bureaucracy," which has been ruling
Turkey ever since the inception of the Republic in 1923, is a key
reason for denial of the Armenian Genocide. "The founders perceived
the ethnic-cultural plurality of society at that time to constitute
a problem for the continuity and security of the state."

Specifically, the Professor identified Hasan Fehmi Bey, a leader of
the Union and Progress party that implemented the Armenian Genocide,
who had confessed in a speech to Parliament in 1920 that his group
knew the international community would call them "murderers" for
eliminating the Armenians. However, he indicated that his party’s
leaders were prepared to accept being called "murderers," as their
aim was securing "the future of the fatherland."

In his second presentation on May 7, organized by the Armenian Rights
Council of America in Altadena, Dr. Akcam disclosed that "Ergenekon,"
the recently exposed criminal group that enjoyed support of the
Turkish military, had prepared a hit list of five individuals,
including journalist Hrant Dink, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, and
Akcam himself, all targeted for assassination because they spoke out
on the Armenian Genocide. They were condemned to death as "Traitors
to National Security."

In Akcam’s view, this mindset was not simply the perverted view of
an isolated terror group, but that of Turkey’s legal establishment.

During the sentencing of two Turkish-Armenian journalists in 2007 for
using the term genocide, a Judge ruled that: "Talk about genocide, both
in Turkey and in other countries, unfavorably affects national security
and the national interest. The claim of genocide… has become part
of and the means of special plans aiming to change the geographic,
political boundaries of Turkey… and a campaign to demolish its
physical and legal structure." The ruling further stated that the
Republic of Turkey is under "a hostile diplomatic siege consisting
of genocide resolutions…. The acceptance of this claim may lead
in future centuries to a questioning of the sovereignty rights of
the Republic of Turkey over the lands on which it is claimed these
events occurred."

According to Akcam, the United States is avoiding the official
recognition of the Armenian Genocide out of a similar misguided
concern for national security in the Middle East. He stated that
"Morality is a very real issue, and for realpolitik to be successful
in the region; moral values, in this instance, the specific one of
acknowledging historic wrongdoings, must be integrated into a policy
of national security…. Failure to confront history honestly is one
of the major reasons for insecurity and instability in the region."

Akcam revealed that after World War I, Turkey’s leaders, including
Mustafa Kemal, acknowledged the Armenian massacres and favored the
prosecution of their perpetrators in order to gain support of the
Allies for the preservation of the territorial integrity of Ottoman

However, the hopes of Turkey’s leaders were dashed on both counts. The
Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 called for dismemberment of the Ottoman
Empire, while the Istanbul Court Martial sentenced to death in absentia
the Turkish national leadership, including Mustafa Kemal.

Akcam indicated that the Turkish mindset to this day views
"democratization, freedom of thought and speech, open and frank debate
about history, [and] acknowledgment of one’s past historical misdeeds,
as a threat to national security. Those who invite society to engage in
an open examination of the past are therefore labeled ‘traitors’ and
made targets of smear campaigns — dragged into courts and prosecuted
under Turkish Criminal Code Article 301 for ‘insulting Turkishness.’"

Akcam warned the United States that any policy "that ignores morality
and forgets the addressing of historic wrongdoings is doomed to fail
in the end." He suggested that Turkey should be made to understand
that "bullying and threatening others is not the behavior of an
international actor. Turkey cannot continue with the same repressive
domestic policies towards its own history and minorities under the
guise of national security and cannot threaten other countries in
expressing their thoughts on 1915, and at the same time pretend to
be a member of democratic countries in the world. An open, official
acknowledgment by the US government might force Turkey to understand
that blackmailing and threatening other states and suppressing and
persecuting its own intellectuals do not offer solutions for historical
problems and for security."

At a small gathering, after the May 7 lecture, Akcam disclosed for
the first time an alarming incident that had taken place in 1995,
following a talk he had delivered on the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan.

At the last minute, he had cautiously decided to give a milder
version of his prepared remarks. Upon his return to Istanbul, he
was shocked when confronted at the airport by Turkish police who had
in their possession the harsher version of his talk. He had handed
that original version to Armenian officials — the organizers of the
Genocide conference. Someone in Armenia must have leaked his text to
the Turkish authorities. Dr. Akcam was able to save his neck from
Turkish intelligence agents by showing them the copy of the milder
speech that he had actually delivered!

Fernanda Guerrieri: "The Cooperation Of FAO With Armenia Is Excellen


MAY 10, 2010

YEREVAN, MAY 10, ARMENPRESS: Ms. Fernanda Guerrieri, Assistant Director
General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Food
and Agriculture Organization of the UN gave interview to "Armenpress"
news agency.

Ms. Guerrieri, the organization is led by the slogan "Helping to
build a world without hunger". How do you assess the efforts of the
organization to reduce the poverty in the world?

More than one billion people are undernourished worldwide. FAO
estimates show a significant deterioration of an already disappointing
trend witnessed over the past ten years. The large increase in the
number of undernourished people in 2009 underline the urgency of
tackling the root causes of hunger swiftly and effectively. To the
date efforts to coherently address the multiple and interrelated risks
to food security at the international, regional and national levels
emanating from the food and financial crises have been insufficient.

FAO, in collaboration with diverse partners, has challenged regional
bodies, governments, communities and households to urgently meet basic
food and social needs while working to ensure sustainable access
to food in the medium term. Beyond its dramatic immediate impact,
the current food crisis has revealed a structure imbalance, which
has to be addressed urgently by an effective combination of short
and medium term actions within a broad socio-economic framework
However, emphasis on supporting short-term responses has limited
attention and the resources required to invest in agriculture and
other social areas in order to tackle the underlying causes of food
insecurity are not available. Nevertheless the Organization continues
to advocate for and to give attention to agriculture. Agriculture
can make substantial contribution to economic development and poverty
alleviation in the least developed countries. Even though this role
is reduced substantially in the middle income countries, agriculture
continues to play a crucial role in alleviating poverty which remains
disproportionately rural in spite of the falling relative importance of
agriculture in national economies. To fulfill its role as an engine of
growth, however, agriculture itself needs to grow. FAO supports this
growth, advocating for investment and providing the tools adapted to
the challenges agriculture faces at present.

How do the programs fulfilled by the organization promote the reduction
of the poverty and the increase of the agricultural productivity?

We must always be careful of advocating a one size fits all approach
to addressing rural poverty and food insecurity in the world.

Technical assistance that works well in Southeast Asia may not be
appropriate for Armenia, and what works in Armenia may be quite
irrelevant for a country with different resource endowments.

Nevertheless, in poorer countries with large rural populations,
small farms and where poverty is largely rural, agriculture can be an
important driver of poverty reduction and an important means of raising
food security. This reasoning applies to large areas of the developing
world as well as the countries of Central Asia, the south Caucasus,
Moldova and Southeastern Europe, because in these countries agriculture
is the main livelihood of the poor and an important part of GDP.

Yet agriculture requires investment both in physical and human capital
in order to fulfill its role as an engine of growth for understandable
reasons. Where land is scarce agricultural growth can be achieved only
through increased use of labour and technology. In such countries good
agricultural practices, soil and land management, green revolution
technologies and adequate chemical inputs are the keys to agricultural
growth. Growing agriculture also requires access to markets, which
means good roads, a market price information system, grades, standards
and food safety systems that satisfy the demands of export markets.

Most of the investment for agricultural growth is made by farmers,
processors and traders themselves. However, there are a limited number
of public goods that in whole or part fall under the responsibility of
governments, such as soil and land management, agricultural advisory
services, transportation infrastructure, provision of grades,
standards and food safety. A vital public good in countries where
farms are small is to support growth in farm sizes through land lease,
land sales and formation of marketing and service cooperatives.

As I said before, we need only look to recent history to show us that
investing in agriculture in this way can be an efficient engine to
eradicate food insecurity and poverty in this region. Moreover, this
region could even help to resolve hunger problems in other parts of
the world. It is estimated that with sufficient investment nearly 10
million hectares in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine could be brought
back into cultivation of grains and oilseeds.

In this context FAO and FAO partners can be an important part of the
solution of the malnutrition and hunger problem by:

~U increasing collaboration with the international community to
create an enabling environment to promote peace, eradicate poverty,
hunger and undernourishment and empower women, indigenous people and
other vulnerable groups;

~U advocating for increased investments in sustainable food production
systems and rural development in developing countries with people as
the focus, farmers not farms, fishers rather than fish, etc.;

~U advocating for increased support to local food systems to reduce
over reliance on global food supply systems, which are highly dependent
on energy prices and add to food security vulnerability;

~U providing financial assistance to developing countries to implement
policies to improve physical and economic access by all to sufficient,
nutritionally adequate, wholesome and safe food and its effective
utilization, including actions to improve food quality and safety,
prevent, control and manage micronutrient deficiencies, promote
appropriate diets, and introduce productive safety nets;

~U continuing to support improved access to markets, private-public
partnerships for innovation development, development of agribusiness
and entrepreneurial capacity and

~U improvement of post-harvest infrastructure to reduce food losses,

~U while ensuring a balance in private sector development between
increasing local food supplies and production of high value
non-traditional products for export to OECD countries;

~U and promoting dialogue to build anti-hunger alliances.

Armenia is a member of the organization since 1993. How do you assess
the bilateral collaboration?

The cooperation with Armenia is excellent. The Government has
been always very responsible and committed. Since the start of the
cooperation, FAO has supported the country in animal health, mainly
to control transboundary diseases such as Brucellosis, Foot and Mouth
Disease, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and African Swine Fever.

Some of these diseases have zero tolerance in international trade in
addition to be a threat for people health and animal production. FAO
continues to support the national seed breeding sector to equip the
country with high quality seeds for higher productivity and increased
resistance to extreme weather conditions. As one of the major obstacles
to a sustainable production and access of farm product to the market
is the excessive fragmentation of land, FAO has provided assistance
to the Government to formulate land consolidation schemes.

Since food safety is a serious concern in the country, FAO has
responded to a Government request for assistance in improving the
country control capacity on the quality of the food through pesticide
quality control and residues monitoring. In this context, capacities
of national laboratories have been strengthened within the framework
of various FAO assistance programmes. Recently the Organization has
supported the Government to mitigate the impact caused by the financial
crisis through programmes dedicated to the most vulnerable farmers.

What kind of programmes is the organization going to fulfill in Armenia
in the near future for the reduction of poverty and the increase of
agricultural productivity in the country?

To make FAO and Armenia cooperation more effective, FAO and the
Government are closely working in the preparation of a strategic
document aimed at identifying strategic areas for FAO assistance to
achieving Armenia’ s development objectives. This strategic document,
called National Medium Term Priority Framework (NMTPF). is also
an operational and results based management programming tool fully
integrated with the results hierarchy, monitoring and accountability of
the corporate FAO Strategic Framework endorsed by the FAO Governing
bodies. Currently the Organization is providing support to the
Government to improve the meat production chain. In particular FAO
assistance focuses on the quality and safety of the meat production
chain. FAO is supporting the Government to establish slaughterhouses
that would meet international standards. Training is provided to
Government officials, farmers involved in livestock activities and
small investors. One of the objectives of the initiative is to promote
Public Private Partnership in the meat production sector and in the
future in the food product value chain. As the country has no enough
high quality vegetative material, FAO continues to support Armenia in
improving its seed production sector. Particular emphasis is given
to wheat seed production. Activities range from the support to seed
selection stations to the supply of high quality wheat seeds. Natural
resources management is a major concern in Armenia. FAO provides
assistance to strengthen forest management capacity. In the near
future the Organization will support the Government in the management
of obsolete pesticides stocks. A particular critical situation in
Nubarashen, an area close to Yerevan where there are large quantities
of obsolete pesticides, is currently receiving attention from the
Government and FAO for its possible high environmental risks. All
FAO activities include capacity and awareness building at all levels.

Particular attention will continue to be given to strengthening the
collection of updated and reliable food security information for
decision making.

How do you assess the steps and efforts taken by the Government of
Armenia for the increase of the agricultural productivity of the
country, the development of the sphere and for the support of the
development of the rural industries?

Armenia is a mountainous landlocked country with a population of 3.2
million people, 36 percent of whom live in rural areas. The size of
the agricultural area showed a stable level during the last decade,
although the share of the arable land decreased significantly. Even if
between 1992 and 2007 the agricultural employment was halved (517 000
in 1992 and 315 000 in 2007), still a large part of the population
is employed in the agricultural sector. Despite many difficulties,
Armenia has successfully switched to a market economy over the past
decade, with double-digit growth rates between 2000 and 2007. From
1992 to 2007 the agricultural production has increased by 159 %. Wheat
is the main staple, supplying 48 percent of calories intake. Wheat
productivity has increased from 1,8 tons per hectare to 2.24 tons
in 2007. This limited increase is mainly related to poor planting
material, lack of proper fertilization, water scarcity and inadequate
pest management. The Government is conscious of the constraints that
hamper the development of the agricultural sector. To overcome these
constraints, the Government has recently reviewed its Sustainable
Agriculture Development Strategy which identifies the sub-sectoral
priorities. Although this is a useful guidance for the identification
of the needs of the sector and the most urgent actions, the Plan
appears not to be backed by sufficient resources. This implies that
the Government would still need substantial international assistance
and investments to effectively support the modernization of agriculture
and promote its sustainability.

The 27th regional conference of the organization is held in Armenia.

Which is the aim of organizing it here and what expectations do
you have?

This is the first Regional Conference for Europe to be held in a
country that is an important recipient of FAO technical assistance.

The holding of the conference in Yerevan illustrates the major progress
that has been made since 1993 to integrate the relatively new Member
countries of this region into the technical work and governance of
the Organization.

I want to draw your attention to an important issue that distinguishes
this regional conference from previous ones. The Independent External
Evaluation called for an enhanced role for the Regional Conference
in programming matters. In order to fulfill this role the Regional
Conference will become a Committee of the FAO Conference and be
tasked with developing issues for regional policy coherence and
developing a regional perspective on global issues. This will allow
the Regional Conference to advise on the FAO programme for the Region
and on the overall programme as it affects the Region. Item 9 of the
Agenda should be considered in view of this new enhanced role for
the Regional Conference.

What perspectives do you see in the further collaboration of the
organization and Armenia?

FAO will continue its cooperation with the Government of Armenia
within the framework of the FAO-Government of Armenia strategy that
is being formulated. (National Medium Term Priority Framework – NMTPF).

The strategy is based on Government priorities and FAO strategic
objectives. The Conference in Yerevan will provide further guidance
to the Organization on main areas to focus its assistance. This will
reflect on the formulation and agreement of the future FAO-Armenia
country programme.

Russia Could Be Active In Karabakh Talks, Says Turkish Ambassador


May 10 2010

Turkey’s Ambassador to Russia Khalil Akıncı said he is sure that
Russia could play a more active role in the settlement to the Karabakh
conflict and the process of nornalisation of the Armenia-Turkey
relations, Interfax reported.

"We believe that Russia as a state of the region is able to contribute
to the settlement to the Karabakh conflict. Actually, Russia is
the only state of the region among other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk
Group," said Turkish Ambassador in his interview on the eve of Russian
President Medvedev’s travel to Turkey, scheduled for May 11-12.

Baku Propaganda Machine Seeks To Create A Myth Of Mighty Azeri Army


May 10, 2010 – 17:23 AMT 12:23 GMT

RA Defense Minister’s statement on the intention to strengthen
Armenian army aroused serious concerns in Baku, according to military
psychologist, member of RA Defense Ministry Public Council Davit

"With neighbors like ours, strengthening of army is gaining a vital
importance," Jamalyan stressed.

As the psychologist noted, Baku propaganda machine seeks to create
a myth of a mighty Azeri army through exaggerating vulnerability of
Armenian army and lauding advantages of their own forces.

May 13 Lecture at NAASR by James Russell in Honor of Prof Richard Fr

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
395 Concord Ave.
Belmont, MA 02478
Tel.: 617-489-1610



Prof. James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at
Harvard University, will give a lecture entitled "Magic From Greater
Iran: The Parthian-Armenian-Russian Triangle" on Thursday, May 13, at
7:30 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
(NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA. Prof. Russell’s lecture
will be given in honor of the 90th birthday of Prof. Richard N. Frye.

The lecture will consider the web of word, meaning, and sound and
explores the ways our minds and spirits can still be revived by the
heritage of wonder that emerges from the Iranian-Armenian-Russian

It is possible that an intensified grade of an ancient Indo-European
root meaning "to work" acquired the connotation of magical craft in Old
Iranian. From Parthian it entered Armenian, where a mystic poet
employed it; and it was loaned also into Slavic, where it signifies
sorcery and enchantment. It leaps from old folk tradition into the
poetic codes of the most innovative, visionary Russian writers of modern

With uncommon depth and breadth of knowledge, Prof. Russell sheds new
light on the familiar and makes connections with the unfamiliar as
Armenia and its culture are seen not in isolation but in the wider
context of civilizations.

NAASR and Prof. Russell are honored to present this lecture in
commemoration of the 90th birthday of Prof. Richard N. Frye. Prof.
Frye, Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian at Harvard, a founder of
Middle Eastern Studies in the U.S., called "the Dean of World Iranists,"
was also a catalyst for the growth of Armenian Studies in America.

Frye inspired the men and women who established NAASR and was
instrumental in the creation of the first endowed chair in Armenian
Studies at Harvard. He is a Founding Member, former Board Member, and
long-serving Chairman of NAASR’s Academic Advisory Committee. His
voluminous publications include The Heritage of Persia, The Golden Age
of Persia, and the memoir Greater Iran: A Twentieth Century Odyssey. He
will be present the evening of this event.

Prof. James R. Russell has been the Mashtots Professor of Armenian
Studies at Harvard University since 1992. His books include Bosphorus
Nights: The Complete Lyric Poems of Bedros Tourian, Armenian and Iranian
Studies, The Book of Flowers, An Armenian Epic: The Heroes of Kasht,
Zoroastrianism in Armenia, and Hovhannes Tlkurantsi and the Medieval
Armenian Lyric Tradition.

Admission to the event is free (donations appreciated). The NAASR
Center is located opposite the First Armenian Church and next to the
U.S. Post Office. Ample parking is available around the building and in
adjacent areas. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

More information about the lecture is available by calling 617-489-1610,
faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing [email protected], or writing to NAASR, 395
Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.

Turkish Colonel Appointed as Advisor to Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministe

Turkish Colonel Appointed as Advisor to Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister

13:04 – 08.05.10

Ankara has appointed Unal Odemish as advisor to Colonel General Safar
Abyiev, the Defense Minister of Azerbaijan.

According to local Turkish daily Sabah the Turkish armed forces has
appointed its colonel in the framework an agreement called Military,
Educational, Technical and Scientific Cooperation in the Military

Further the daily mentions that according to the Agreement signed in
1996 Turkish officers have for 14 years been activity working in the
Azerbaijani military establishments and units. Nevertheless, it is the
first time a high-ranking Turkish military has been appointed as
advisor to the Defense Minister of Azerbaijan.

`Given the fact that Protocols signed with Armenia casts a chill over
relations between the two countries, the Turkish military forces has
made a very decisive appointment,’ explains Sabah.

Turkish colonel Unal Odemish will hold the position for 6 months.

6 Thousand 387 Children Born In The First 4 Months Of The Running Ye


MAY 7,2010

YEREVAN, MAY 7, ARMENPRESS: Six thousand 387 children were born in the
first 4 months of the running year in Yerevan, Karine Saribekyan, head
of Mother and Child Healthcare Department of the Armenian Healthcare
ministry told Armenpress that this index is more by 1992 compared
with the same period of the last year. The growth of the number of
the births is connected with the involvement of birth aid certificates.

Connected with the activity of the system the ministry periodically
conducts a monitoring in the maternity hospitals of both Yerevan and
provinces. Works are being carried out in the direction of increasing
the competence level of the pregnant women, too.

"The results of the monitoring prove that the system works efficiently,
there are positive responses both by pregnant women and doctors,"
K. Saribekyan said. Non-governmental organizations are involved in
the works of the monitoring which work with the mothers even when
they are signed out from the hospital.

The system of birth aid certificates has been operating since July
1, 2008.

Resumption Of Hostilities To Be Fatal For Azerbaijan


May 7, 2010 – 18:38 AMT 13:38 GMT

RA ex-minister of defense, member of the Central Board of Hnchak
Social-Democratic Party Vahan Shirkhanyan said that if Azerbaijan
resumes hostilities in Karabakh, this country will be divided into
5-6 parts and it will be fatal for Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s population has conceived long ago that Artsakh is in
the hands of its real master, Shirkhanyan told a press conference in
Yerevan. "The Azerbaijani army mainly consists of representatives of
national minorities, who hardly will sacrifice their lives for the
clan of Aliyevs," he said.