We need to end stall in Karabakh talks to rule out tension – expert

Tert, Armenia

14:35 • 15.07.17

The continuing stall in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks is absolutely unacceptable especially in the light of the recent hostilities, an Armenian historian and expert in Azerbaijani studies said today, commenting on the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers' recent meeting.

“The arrangement of meetings – at least after the recent border tension – aims to rule out military actions to return the parties to the negotiating table,” Tatev Hayrapetyan told reporters.

In her words, the OSCE Minsk Group is doing everything possible to keep the negotiation process alive. Further actions and choices rest with the parties, the expert added.

 

She noted that against the backdrop of many regional stakeholders, the OSCE Minsk Group is doing everything possible to bring to life the Vienna and St Petersburg agreements.

“The Minsk Group’s reaction to Azerbaijan’s blatant efforts to provoke and escalate [tension] has to be clear and tough,” the expert said, highlighting the Azerbaijani authorities' apparent intention to opt for a military solution.

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Five initiatives on inter-municipal cooperation to be implemented in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova

The Financial, Georgia

The FINANCIAL — Improving the provision of several public services through inter-municipal cooperation will be the aim of five grants provided by an EU-funded project in Armenia, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.

Examples of the services that will be supported include better waste management, water supply, road maintenance and tourism development, according to EU Neighbours East Info.

This initiative is part of the EU and Council of Europe’s efforts to establish reliable and efficient local self-government in Member States and Neighbourhood countries, in line with the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

The projects will be carried out during July-October 2017. They are funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Council of Europe within the “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance” thematic programme, under the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) 2015-2017 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

 

Alexander Arzumanyan appointed Ambassador of Armenia to Denmark

Panorama, Armenia

Upon the decree of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, Hrachya Aghajanyan was relieved from the post of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Denmark.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed another decree on Wednesday, appointing Alexader Arzuamnayn as the Armenian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark, press department at the President’s Office reported.

To note, Alexander Arzumanyan was Armenia’s first ambassador to the United States (from 1992–1993) and to the United Nations (from 1992–1996). He served as minister of foreign affairs from 1996 until his resignation, with President Levon Ter-Petrossian, in 1998.

Annual Digithon of Veon Eurasia Company launched in Armenia

ARKA, Armenia

YEREVAN, July 12. /ARKA/. Annual Digithon of VEON Eurasia Company was launched Tuesday in Lake Sevan coastal area. 

According to the press office of ArmenTel Telecommunication Company (brand Beeline, a part of VEON Group), VEON teams from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine will be competing throughout one week.   

The participants create prototypes of innovative digital services, the best of which will be used at VEON Group. 

Armenia is represented in the contest by Digital Pirates team, the winner of the local final, with its Bottle Letter project. 

Andrey Pyatakhin, CEO of Beeline in Armenia, is quoted in the press release as saying that Beeline pays special attention to innovative programs and encourages its employees' innovative and creative mentality. 

«The projects, services and applications offered by them are based on clients' needs and current trends in the area, and they can make our services more modern, simple and convenient to our clients,» he said. «We are very proud of our victory in 2016 and we are glad to host another Digithon this year. Good luck to all participants.» 

The previous Beeline Digithon Eurasia took place in Kyrgyzstan. Armenia's BeeForce team, with its cloud game solutions, won the then contest, and therefore this year's contest is hosted by Beeline Armenia, the winner. 

ArmenTel CJSC, a subsidiary of Russian VimpelCom (trading as Beeline), provides fixed and mobile telecommunication services and a high-speed access to Internet. -0—

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Edward Sharmazanov rules out large-scale military actions in Karaabkh conflict zone

Public Radio of Armenia

18:11, 12 Jul 2017

The Artsakh-Azerbaijan conflict has recently entered a new stage, Vice President of the Armenian National Assembly says.

“Ignoring all agreements reached in Vienna and St. Petersburg, as well as all international commitments, Azerbaijan periodically escalates the situation at the line of contact, undertakes infiltration attempts,” Vice-President of the National Assembly Edward Sharmazanov told reporters today.

“The recent developments show that the Azerbaijani leadership has drawn lessons from Hitler Germany and uses its own population as a human shield,” he said.

Speaking about the meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers in Brussels on July 11, Sharmazanov emphasized three important points.

“The Co-Chairs once again reiterate the imperative of solving the conflict exceptionally through peaceful negotiations. Second, the Armenian side reiterates its stance that progress in negotiations is impossible unless the agreements reached in Vienna and St. Petersburg are called to life. Third, Azerbaijan continues its non-constructive policy by refusing to implement the agreements,” he said.

Sharmnazanov believes Armenia should remain committed to its ‘harsh stance.’ “President Serzh Sargsyan clearly stated at the National Assembly on May 18 that the security of the people of Artsakh is the utmost objective. Second, he emphasized that the Karabakh issue should be solved through the free _expression_ of will of the people of Artsakh,” the Vice-Speaker said.

He noted that “on the other hand, the international community, the co-chairing countries should seek ways for persuading or pressuring Azerbaijan to implement the agreements.”

“Azerbaijan wanted to establish a new status quo after the April military actions, to start negotiations from the scratch, but failed to do so,” Edward Sharmazanov said. According to him, the meetings in Vienna and St. Petersburg were a failure of Azerbaijani diplomacy.

He called attention to the statements of the Russian Foreign Ministry, urging Baku to stop discrimination against Russian citizens with Armenian surnames. “This is not now, but what’s important is that the statement is being made in the wake of June escalation at the line of contact, which could mean the Russian Azerbaijani relations are entering an unfavorable stage.”

Edward Sharmazanov believes the Karabakh issue should be solved exceptionally in a peaceful way on the basis of the three principles of international law, where the full realization of the Artsakh people’s right to self-determination should be the key point. He stressed that Artsakh has nothing to do with Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. “Artsakh has not been part of independent Azerbaijan at least for a second,” he stressed.

The Vice-Speaker rules out the possibility of a large-scale war. According to him, the Trump-Putin meeting showed that the superpowers will not allow a new hotspot next to Syria.

Alexander Lapshin trial: Azerbaijan state prosecutor to make a statement on Friday

news.am, Armenia

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the trial in the case into blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is under arrest in Azerbaijan.

Judicial investigation of this case has been completed, reported APA news agency of the country. 
The state prosecutor asked to court for time to make a statement.  
 
The trial will resume on Friday.  

After his visits to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in 2011 and 2012, blogger and journalist Alexander Lapshin—who is a citizen of Russia, Israel, and several other countries—was “blacklisted” by Azerbaijan. 

In June 2016, however, he paid a visit to Azerbaijan—but with a Ukrainian passport—and, subsequently, he published several articles criticizing the Azerbaijani authorities. 
Afterward, Azerbaijan issued an international search for this famous blogger. On December 15, 2016, Lapshin was detained in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk, and based on this search.

On January 26 of the current year, the Minsk city court dismissed the blogger’s appeal of the Belarusian General Prosecutor’s Office decision to extradite him to Azerbaijan.
On February 7, the Supreme Court of Belarus dismissed the appeals that were filed into this case, and upheld the aforesaid decision by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
And on the evening of the same day, Belarus extradited Alexander Lapshin to the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku, where he was taken into custody.

Alexander Lapshin trial: Azerbaijan state prosecutor to make a statement on Friday

news.am, Armenia

The Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Wednesday continued the trial in the case into blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is under arrest in Azerbaijan.

Judicial investigation of this case has been completed, reported APA news agency of the country. 
The state prosecutor asked to court for time to make a statement.  
 
The trial will resume on Friday.  

After his visits to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in 2011 and 2012, blogger and journalist Alexander Lapshin—who is a citizen of Russia, Israel, and several other countries—was “blacklisted” by Azerbaijan. 

In June 2016, however, he paid a visit to Azerbaijan—but with a Ukrainian passport—and, subsequently, he published several articles criticizing the Azerbaijani authorities. 
Afterward, Azerbaijan issued an international search for this famous blogger. On December 15, 2016, Lapshin was detained in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk, and based on this search.

On January 26 of the current year, the Minsk city court dismissed the blogger’s appeal of the Belarusian General Prosecutor’s Office decision to extradite him to Azerbaijan.
On February 7, the Supreme Court of Belarus dismissed the appeals that were filed into this case, and upheld the aforesaid decision by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
And on the evening of the same day, Belarus extradited Alexander Lapshin to the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku, where he was taken into custody.