Germany Is Ready To Assist In Implementation Of Reforms In Armenia


May 20, 2010 – 19:15 AMT 14:15 GMT

Armenia’s Secretary of the National Security (SNS) Arthur Baghdasaryan
met with members of Caucasus parliamentary friendship group and
briefed them on reforms implemented in Armenia during his visit to
Germany from May 17-20. The parties emphasized the importance of
boosting the Armenian-German political dialogue.

Besides, Arthur Baghdasaryan’s presentation on reforms in the field
of Armenia’s security was organized at Konrad Adenauer Foundation. It
brought together representatives of the German Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Defense Ministry, Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as
experts and scientists.

The German side hailed basic directions of reforms implemented in
Armenia and expressed readiness to assist them, the press service of
the RA SNS reported.

Trade Opportunities Between Armenia And Orenburg Region Are Used Inc


May 20, 2010 – 14:46 AMT 09:46 GMT

On May 20, Yerevan hosted an Armenian-Russian business forum within
the framework of a visit of Orenburg delegation to Armenia.

"Russia is basic investor of Armenia: around 70% of direct investments
to the country come from Russia. The trade relations are also the most
developed as compared with other countries. Thus, Armenia attaches
importance to cooperation with Russian regions," Director of the
Armenian Development Agency (ADA) Robert Harutyunyan said in his
opening remarks.

However, he noted that the trade turnover between Orenburg region
and Armenia is too small and does not correspond to the available

"The fields of construction, energy, agriculture and food industry
basically present interest for the bilateral cooperation," Harutyunyan

An agreement on cooperation between Chambers of Commerce and Industry
of Yerevan and Orenburg regions was signed during the business forum.

17 entrepreneurs representing construction, machine building,
mining industry, agriculture and other fields arrived in Yerevan
from Orenburg.

The trade turnover between Orenburg and Yerevan amounted to $103,000
in 2009, including import – $57,400, export – $45,600. Currently,
eight Armenian enterprises operate in Orenburg.

Armenia And Argentina Successfully Collaborate In Many Spheres


21 MAY, 2010

Foreign Minister of Argentina Jorge Taiana’s first visit to Armenia
is symbolic as the Embassy of Argentina will be opened with his
participation. RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian declared at a
May 21 joint press conference with his Argentine counterpart following
their meeting. According to him, in spite of the geographic distance
the two peoples have a special warmth and sympathy to each other which
obliges to underake active measures to further expand partnership
between the two countries and collaboration on the international
arena. He also said that it is a "general wish."

E. Nalbandian said that his meeting with his counterpart was rather
efficient, many issues of bilateral agenda were discussed, measures
aimed at further deepening of the partnership were outlined. Armenia
and Argentina successfully collaborate in many spheres, on the basis of
a strong legal-contractual field of the two countries. It was mutually
fixed that the two countries’ collaboration on the international
arena is rather efficient and is based on mutual support.

J. Taiana, in his turn, declared that against the geographic distance
between Armenia and Argentina the most important is the mutual will
and possibilities of acting jointly. The Foreign Minister of Argentina
stressed that the two countries are traditionally on good terms. He
rated as important the necessity of further strengthening the mutual
relations with opening Embassy of Argentina in Armenia. According to
him, Argentina having Armenian community of 100 thousand people marks
its formation 200th anniversary this year. Argentine Armenians play
an important role in country’s life and brought the country success
in the spheres of culture, science, commerce and sport.

Activists Ask Congress To Investigate Planned Woodrow Wilson Center


May 20, 2010 – 13:47 AMT 08:47 GMT

Citizens from across the United States are asking their Members
of Congress to look into the controversial decision by the Woodrow
Wilson Center to award Armenian Genocide denier, Turkey’s Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, with their public service award, reported
the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Through an ANCA Action Alert, Armenian American and other anti-genocide
activists are expressing "profound anger and disappointment" over
the Woodrow Wilson Center’s plans to travel to Turkey to bestow the
award on Davutoglu, who had recently openly threatened the United
States against speaking honestly about the Armenian Genocide.

"This award dishonors President Wilson’s vision of justice for the
Armenian nation," explains the letter to Senate and House members.

"Mr. Davutoglu represents a government that, in its aggressive
denial of the Armenian Genocide and ongoing obstruction of justice
for the Armenian nation, makes a mockery of the Wilson Center and
its founding commitment to fostering scholarship commemorating the
ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson."

The letter makes special mention that "Mr. Davutoglu leads a Foreign
Ministry that reflects and actively reinforces the anti-Armenian
hatreds and intolerances that fueled the Armenian Genocide in the
first place," noting that the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC hosted
a group of demonstrators who insulted and mocked Armenians gathered
on April 24th, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, to mark the murder
of 1.5 million men, women, and children, and the exile of a people
from their ancient homeland.

The Woodrow Wilson Center receives one-third of its annual funding
from Congress. Senators and Representatives are being encouraged to
"formally investigate this matter and to share [their] concerns on
this deeply troubling development directly with the leadership of
the Woodrow Wilson Center."

Parliament To Debate Introduction Of Amendments To Law On Television


May 19, 2010 – 18:23 AMT 13:23 GMT

Speaker of the Armenian parliament Hovik Abrahamyan said that
the submitted bill on introduction of amendments to the RA Law on
Television and Radio does not solve all the problems related to
digitalization of television and radio programs.

As PanARMENIAN.Net parliamentary correspondent reports, the Speaker
believes that the bill does not specify the activity and role of the
regulating body during the process of digitalization and after it.

"In addition, the bill does not define the role of the National
Committee on Radio and Television and the Ministry of Economy, which
has submitted it," Abrahamyan said.

According to him, the bill foresees opportunity of private TV stations
to create their own broadcasting network after the digitalization.

Meanwhile, under the law, the state holds a monopoly for

"However, I suggest that the bill should be adopted in the first
reading for subsequent hearings in the relevant committee," said

The bill envisages organization of a tender for licensing of 18
frequencies, starting July 1, 2010.

ANKARA: Int’l Law Giant To Open Office In Istanbul


May 18 2010

VISION: ‘Turkey fits in with our vision to be the leading global
business law firm,’ says Sir Nigel Knowles, joint CEO and managing
partner of DLA Piper.

One of the world’s largest law firms is set to open its Turkey office
June 1 to provide legal advice on international and foreign law,
having obtained the necessary approval from the Istanbul Bar.

DLA Piper’s debut in the country will see the international law giant
further strengthen its foothold in one of the fastest-growing economies
in the world.

"Turkey is an important part of the Group of 20, and it might be in
the top 10 or even top five in the coming years. It fits in with
our vision to be the leading global business law firm," Sir Nigel
Knowles, the joint CEO and managing partner of DLA Piper, said at a
press conference Tuesday.

Local bar restrictions prohibit international firms from opening
directly in Turkey, but DLA Piper has been active in the country for
some time despite not having a legal presence there.

Last year, the firm hired U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Marc Grossman
as a senior advisor and represented the Turkish government in
lobbying against the Armenian "genocide" resolutions. DLA Piper
is also a legal adviser to the Turkish Ministry of Health on the
first-ever public-private healthcare partnership in the country:
the 250-million-euro Kayseri Integrated Health Campus.

Earlier this year, DLA Piper formed an association with Istanbul
law firm Yuksel Karkın Kucuk. With DLA establishing its presence
in Turkey, six Turkish partners from YKK will become members of DLA
Piper with permission from the Istanbul Bar.

"Turkey is preeminent in the region, and the interest from our existing
client base would be enormous," Knowles told the Hurriyet Daily News &
Economic Review.

Global client base

Fifty-eight percent of DLA Piper’s client base has a presence in
Turkey, including international names such as Bayer, Boeing, BP,
HSBC and Pfizer.

"What is good for Turkey is that we can bring the best practices
around the world to the country. We are the perfect conduit between
global business and Turkish business," Knowles said.

YKK has acted on a number of notable projects in Turkey, including
working for Turk Telekom on its $1.9 billion initial public offering
in 2008. YKK also represented Lukoil in its $500 million purchase of
Akpet and served as counsel to Turkuaz in its $1.1 billion acquisition
of media group ATV-Sabah.

Upon entering the Turkish market, DLA Piper will have 68 offices in
30 countries. The firm also penetrated the Latin America market in
March through its cooperation with Brazil’s Campos Mello Advogados.

"The opening of the DLA Piper office in Turkey shows the firm’s
commitment to global engagement with its clients, who require quality
legal advice in all key international markets," senior advisor Grossman
said. "It is also a clear statement about the future of Turkey and
its regional and international importance."

Police Chief Alik Sargsyan Tries To Convince The Public Of The Impro

Edik Baghdasaryan

2010/05/17 | 15:20

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24 year-old Vahan Khalafyan was killed in the Charentsavan police
station. it possible that the public wouldn’t have known about it?

Yes, definetely. Is it possible that RA Police Chief Alik Sargsyan
was in cahoots when it cam to feeding the public false information
r5egarding the incident? Of course, because he continues to feed
out false information. He continues to claim that Vahan Khalafyan
committed suicide.

The powers that be could bring Police Chief Sargsyan up on criminal
charges for his abuse of power. During an interview with one of the
local paper, Chief Sargsyan said, "I will punish those of my staff
that gave me the wrong information, that put me in a tight spot. Those
who committed a crime and beat this young man, tortured him, they
will all be punished to the full extent of the law…Let those who
I misinformed forgive me." However, at the same time, Chief Sargsyan
made the following outlandish statement, "I still claim that it was
a suicide. He picked up the knife and stabbed himself."

Who could possibly make such a matter-of-fact statement during the
pre-trial investigation of the case? It sounds like the man personally
participated in that "act of suicide." This is just the most recent
in a long list of times when the Police Chief has made his personal
opinions known even before the case investigation has been completed.

What’s going on? Should we really believe that this is the first case
of police torture that people within the department have heard about?

A few months ago, Sasha Davtyan, a resident of the village of
Katnaghbyur in Aragatzotn Marz, recounted how he was roughed up during
a police investigation. So cruel was the treatment meted out by the
police that the man was forced into signing some documents the police
had presented.

It was even sustained in court that the testimony was garnered through
the use of brutality. The same heavy-handed methods were employed to
extract testimony from the Davtyan’s daughters. Sasha Davtyan gave
the names of the cops and investigators that tortured him. Police
Chief Sargsyan knows the facts. Has he punished those responsible? Of
course not.

Perhaps Chief Sargsyan believes that the wounds were self-inflicted.

What is this sickness that is plaguing we Armenians? To commit suicide
in front of the police with the knife they presented. About one month
ago, a Hetq reporter asked if it was true that Serob Der-Boghosyan,
the owner of the company "Metal Prince" had in fact donated $15,000
for the renovation of the police station in Alaverdi. In response,
the Police Chief coyly suggested, in a word, that Der-Boghosyan was
a patriotic fellow.

If we take a cursory look at the statements made by Police Chief
Sargsyan, we clearly see that he has little grasp of the law,
otherwise he would not try and convince the public that 24 year-old
Vahan Khalafyan killed himself.

BAKU: Superpowers Do Not Need Karabakh As Independent State – Analys

May 18 2010

Rovshan Ibrahimov News.Az interviews Rovshan Ibrahimov, Azerbaijani
political scientist.

Karabakh separatists again plan to hold the so-called "parliamentary
elections" in Nagorno Karabakh which annoys official Baku. Which goal
do separatist pursue if their previous "elections" have never been
recognized by any of the states?

Since they consider that they have a self-determined state and all
institutions, the legislative body is one of these institutions. In
this case, being aware of the fact that Nagorno Karabakh has no
opportunity for self-determination under international law, Armenia has
started accentuating on human rights and democracy. In particular, they
want to prove that Karabakh is the so-called "democratic state" since
the so-called elections are held democratically and the regulation
there is held through elections. Thus, on the one hand they want to
demonstrate themselves as a island of democracy in the sea of autocracy
and urge to support them as fighters for democracy and human rights
and on the other hand they say they have not yet managed to become
part of Azerbaijan where the human rights are not respected, as they
say. On the whole, the whole "election process" in Karabakh aims to
show the world that their "state" has already been formed.

Do you think their efforts have been effective?

They have not yet gained anything from this. I am skeptical about
their possible recognition by someone. I do not think that after
events in Kosovo, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both the West and Russia
would want to repeat the attempt of creation of a new independent
state. This means that no one needs this.

Azerbaijan is negative on Armenia’s position on the Karabakh settlement
because Yerevan has not yet given a clear and definite response on
the updated Madrid principles. What do you think about prospects of
these talks?

Here we should define clearly that Azerbaijan’s recent proposals on
Karabakh in the light of the restoration of the Turkish-Armenian
relations are quite constructive. That is, if Armenians reject
these proposals, it is unclear what they can agree on if they say
the independence of Karabakh is not enough for them and they want to
consolidate in the occupation areas that are not part of Karabakh.

That is in this case we should define two moments. First, Armenians
are not ready to settle the conflict as they are not the party which
can settle it and they are backed by the third powers. Second, they
have no clear understanding of what will happen after the liberation
of seven occupied Azerbaijani regions around Nagorno Karabakh. If
these regions held by Armenians as a security belt are liberated
Nagorno Karabakh will directly face the rest part of Azerbaijan. But
this opinion is nonconstructive, because there are many variants of
avoiding clashes. In particular, international peacekeeping forces
might be deployed here. On the whole, the Armenian side behave the
way that it is impossible to expect a positive response to Madrid
principles from it.

Since the Madrid principles are backed by the Minsk Group co-chairing
states that are superpowers, can they force Armenia to accept these
principles in the case Yerevan again attempts to hamper the negotiation
process like it has previously done?

Theoretically, this is the way it ought to be. But today the United
States is more engaged in domestic issues, while the problem of
Afghanistan and Iraq is still the top priority in foreign policy. This
means that they are even farther from the Karabakh conflict settlement
than to normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations. As for Russia,
it has traditionally supported Armenia and it is more interested in
continuation of the status quo. It should be noted that Russia is
also interested in the soonest opening of borders between Armenia
and Turkey because it has no land communication with its base in the
Armenian territory after the 2008 August war in Georgia. The opening
of the Turkish-Armenian border will enable Russia to communicate with
Armenia via Turkey. We should not forget that the reconstruction of
the Mezamor nuclear power plant in Armenia and construction of a new
nuclear power plant are possible by 2011-2012.

In this case it is necessary to supply Armenia with due equipment,
which can be done only by the railway. Currently, Russia has no
such way and the only opportunity will appear after the railway
communication between Turkey’s Kars and Armenian Gumri opens.

Can the process of the Armenian-Turkish normalization be launched
in case Yerevan torpedoes the Madrid principles of the Karabakh
conflict settlement?

I have a very cautious approach on this issue. If we compare
the current situation with that in 2008, I think the process of
normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia may resume
and the Turkish-Armenian protocols will be ratified. But it would be
more desirable for us if Turkey continues binding this policy to the
process of liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani lands. But I am a
little bit skeptical about it, since I think that Ankara can normalize
relations with Yerevan even without liberation of Azerbaijani lands.

What makes you expect such developments?

The matter is that the Armenian and Turkish sides have recently agreed
not to make any unilateral statements about the normalization of their
relations in the next two months. They have decided to wait till this
period is over. In addition, it was Turkey which started this policy
and it is facing some pressure, therefore, if Armenian side makes
any official statement about its readiness to liberate the occupied
Azerbaijani lands, Turkey will likely view it as sufficient for the
full scale normalization of ties with Armenia.

As we see, the Armenian side is protracting the process of the Karabakh
conflict settlement. Can this force Azerbaijan apply the forced way
of the conflict settlement or the forced way is not possible at all?

In general, Armenia is ready to conduct hostilities. But we know the
sad experience of Georgia that also tried to settle the problem of
restoration of its territorial integrity through war. Unfortunately,
a third party has interfered with this conflict and the situation which
can be even more difficult to solve than Nagorno Karabakh conflict has
appeared there. Considering this moment, Azerbaijan will certainly
see the reality and conjuncture that will appear at the moment when
the decision about the forced way of the conflict settlement is
taken. In this case, there are many factors, in particular, as to
the transcience of this war, our ability to liberate lands in short
terms and the further steps. The Karabakh conflict is not expected
to be settled soon, though there are optimistic moments that some
regions will be liberated in the nearest future. Turkey also puts such
demands. I think this is connected with Turkey’s wish to open borders
with Armenia and in this case there is no agreement with Russia for
it to agree on the return of some regions to Azerbaijan.

Vahan Shirkhanyan : Nous N’Aurions Pas L’Artsakh Sans La Liberation


17 mai 2010

"Nous n’aurions pas l’Artsakh si Shoushi n’avait pas ete libere
"a declare l’ex-ministre de la Defense Nationale d’Armenie, membre
du Conseil Central du parti Sociale Democratique Hnchakhian Vahan
Shirkhanyan lors d’une conference de presse.

" Il n’y a aucune autre ville en Armenie Orientale qui est plus
armenienne que Shoushi. C’est un musee unique, où chaque pierre,
chaque maison et chaque rue sont enveloppes avec l’esprit de l’histoire
armenienne " a-t-il dit.

" Cette ville ne doit jamais de nouveau appartenir aux Turcs ou
Azeris. C’est un symbole des armeniens sur le territoire de l’Armenie
Orientale " a ajoute Vahan Shirkhanyan.

US Chess Championship: Varuzhan Hakobian Scores 2,5 Out Of 3 Possibl


US Chess Championship is underway in Saint Louis. Armenian chess
players GM Varuzhan Hakobian, GM Melikset Khachiyan, IM Levon Altounian
are taking part in the championship.

In Round 1 Varuzhan Hakobian and Levon Altounian ended in draw with
Finegold and Kudrin respectively. Melikset Khachiyan won against

In Round 2 Levon had a draw with Shulman, Varuzhan Hakobian defeated
Kraai, while Khachiyan, unfortunately, lost to Kamsky.

In Round 3 Varuzhan Hakobian again won, this time against Irina Krush.

Melikset Khachiyan and Levon Altounian lost to Robert Hess and
Alexander Stripunsky respectively.

Thus, Varuzhan Hakobian scored 2,5, Levon Altounian and Melikset
Khachiyan have 1 each.

Round 3: Irina Krush – Varuzhan Hakobian 0:1

1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 Qa5 5. e5 Ne4 6. Qf3 d5 7. Bd3 Nxc3
8. Bd2 Qb6 9. bxc3 e6 10. Ne2 c5 11. f5 Nc6 12. O-O Nxe5 13. dxe5 c4+
14. Be3 Bc5 15. Nd4 cxd3 16. Rab1 Qc7 17. Nb5 Qc6 18. cxd3 a6 19. f6
g6 20. Bxc5 axb5 21. Qf2 Bd7 22. Rb2 Rc8 23. Bd4 Qc7 24. Qe3 h5 25. h4
Ra8 26. Rfb1 Ra4 27. Qd2 Bc6 28. Rb4 Ra6 29. R1b2 Kd7 30. Qe3 Kc8 31.

Bc5 Rd8 32. Bd6 Rxd6 33. exd6 Qxd6 34. d4 Ra3 35. R4b3 Ra4 36. Re2 Qd8
37. Qf4 Qc7 38. Qxc7+ Kxc7 39. Kf2 Kd6 40. Kg3 Rc4 41. a3 Ra4 42. Kf4
Ra8 43. Kg5 Rh8 44. Rb1 Rh7 45. Re5 Rh8 46. g4 Bd7 47. Rbe1 hxg4 48.

Kxg4 Ra8 49. Ra1 Rc8 50. Rc1 Ra8 51. Kg5 Rh8 52. Rh1 Rh5+ 53. Kf4 Rh6
54. Rg5 Bc8 55. Kg3 Bd7 56. Rf1 Rh8 57. h5 gxh5 58. Kh4 e5 59. Rxe5
Be6 60. Rb1 Rh6 61. Rxb5 Rxf6 62. Rxb7 Rf3 63. a4 Rxc3 64. Rb4 Ke7 65.

Re1 Kf6 66. Rf1+ Kg6 67. Rg1+ Kh6 68. Rg3 Rc1 69. Rg2 Rh1+ 70. Kg3 h4+
71. Kf2 h3 72. Rg3 Ra1 73. Rb8 Kh7 74. Rbb3 Ra2+ 75. Kg1 Rxa4 76. Rbd3
Ra1+ 77. Kh2 Ra2+ 78. Kh1 Bf5 79. Rdf3 Be4 80. Rxh3+ Kg7 81. Rg3+ Kf8
82. Kg1 Bxf3 83. Rxf3 Ke7 84. Rf5 Ke6 85. Re5+ Kd6 86. Rf5 Ra7 87. Kf2
Rd7 88. Ke3 Ke6 89. Re5+ Kd6 90. Rf5 Re7+ 91. Kd3 Ra7 92. Rf6+ Ke7 93.

Rf5 Ra3+ 94. Kd2 Ra5 95. Re5+ Kf6 96. Ke3 Kg6 97. Kf4 f6 98. Re1 Ra2
99. Re7 Ra4 100. Ke3 Kf5 101. Re8 Ra3+ 102. Ke2 Kf4 103. Re6 Ra2+ 104.

Kd3 f5 105. Re5 Ra5 106. Re1 Ra3+ 107. Kd2 Kg4 108. Rb1 Kf3 109. Re1
Ra2+ 110. Kd3 f4 111. Re5 Ra5 112. Rf5 Ra3+ 113. Kd2 Ke4 0:1.

Round 3: Robert Hess – Melikset Khachiyan 1:0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7. Qd3
d6 8. Qc4 Qe7 9. b4 Be6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Qa6 Bb6 12. a4 O-O 13. a5
Bd4 14. c3 Ng4 15. cxd4 Rxf3 16. Nd2 Rc3 17. h3 Nh6 18. Nb1 Rc4 19.

Bxh6 gxh6 20. dxe5 d5 21. Qb7 Rf8 22. Ra3 Bc8 23. Qxa7 d4 24. Rg3+
Kh8 25. Na3 Rxb4 26. Nc2 Rc4 27. Nxd4 Qxe5 28. Nf3 Qe7 29. Qe3 Rxe4 30.

Qxh6 Re6 31. Qd2 Qf6 32. Re1 c5 33. Rc1 Rc6 34. Qg5 c4 35. Ne5 Qxg5
36. Rxg5 Rcf6 37. Rxc4 Rxf2 38. Rxc7 1:0.

Round 3: Alexander Stripunsky – Levon Altounian 1:0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bf4
c6 8. a4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 d5 10. Nb5 Bb4+ 11. c3 Ba5 12. Bxd5 cxd5 13. Ng3
Re8+ 14. Be3 Nc6 15. O-O a6 16. Nd4 Bc7 17. Re1 Be6 18. Nxc6 bxc6 19.

b4 Qf6 20. Qd2 Qg6 21. Bf4 Bb6 22. a5 Ba7 23. Re5 h6 24. Rae1 Red8 25.

R5e2 d4 26. Bc7 dxc3 27. Qxc3 Rdc8 28. Bb6 Bb8 29. Qd4 h5 30. f4 Qg4
31. Re4 Bd5 32. Re8+ Rxe8 33. Rxe8+ Kh7 34. Qd3+ f5 35. Qxf5+ Qxf5 36.

Nxf5 c5 37. Re7 Kg6 38. Ne3 Bf7 39. g3 cxb4 40. Bd4 1:0.