Armenia returns to negotiating table after refusing talks with Azerbaijan in December


The President of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia have held talks in Brussels facilitated by the President of the European Council Charles Michel. This positive development saw progress on border and transportation issues after earlier talks with President Michel stalled when Armenia refused to participate in a meeting last December, writes Political Editor Nick Powell.

Charles Michel’s efforts to help Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to a lasting peace were put on hold at the end of last year when Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refused to attend a further meeting in Brussels with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. But patience by the European Union -and by Azerbaijan- has been rewarded with a meeting that went ahead on 14 March.

It seems that some progress was made in Brussels in the dispute between the two countries. It is primarily over the Karabakh region, which lies within Azerbaijan’s internationally recognised boundaries but has brought devastation to a much larger area during two major wars, causing widespread human misery and economic disruption. After the meeting, the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence reported that its military positions in the Kalbajar region had come under mortar fire from Armenia’s armed forces.

Nevertheless, the leaders confirmed that they would meet again next month, together with President Macron of France and Chancellor Scholz of Germany, during the European Political Community summit in Chisinau, Moldova. The two sides didn’t offer a detailed readout of their talks in Brussels but President Michel provided some commentary.

“Our exchanges were frank, open and results-oriented”, he said. “Following the recent positive talks in the United States on the peace treaty, the momentum should be maintained to take decisive steps towards the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan”.

“On border issues, we reviewed progress and the next steps regarding the delimitation of the border”, he added. Charles Michel also reported good progress on unblocking transport and economic links “in particular on the reopening of the railway connections to and from Nakhchivan”.

In an interview with EU Reporter last month, Elchin Amirbayov, who is Assistant to the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, spoke of his expectation that President Michel would soon resume his role as a facilitator of peace talks. Mr Amirbayov saw the reconstruction of the railway through Armenia linking Azerbaijan with its exclave of Nakhchivan as an important confidence-building measure.

It could form part of the Middle Corridor between Asia and Europe, he argued, enabling Armenia to benefit from this increasingly important trade route once a sustainable peace reopened its borders with both Azerbaijan and Türkiye. He said his country was offering Armenia a ‘win-win’ strategy, not a victor’s peace.

“With it, Armenia will benefit even more because it will be open to investment, for example, from the countries around it”, explained Mr Amirbayov. “It would be considered as a relatively stable place which is not actually risking any new confrontation with its neighbours”.

The Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs later confirmed that the Brussels talks had included the delimitation of borders and the restoration of communications. It stressed the extreme importance of the acceptance by Armenia of the internationally recognised territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

It said that the meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss humanitarian issues, especially included the importance of clarifying the fate of missing persons and of speeding up the process of clearing minefields. Azerbaijan remained ready to continue dialogue and interaction with international partners to achieve normal relations with Armenia.

Glendale town hall seeks solutions to rising Southern California hate incidents

May 1 2023

A town hall to bring awareness to anti-Armenian racism and other hate is set for Thursday, May 4, in Glendale.

The event, organized by the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations and the Truth And Accountability League (TAAL), seeks to foster a discussion on solutions to rising anti-Armenian incidents, along with other forms or hate against other minority groups in the county.

Moderated by TAAL’s founder & Chair, Vic Gerami, and live-streamed on various platforms, the event’s panel of elected officials and experts include the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations Executive Robin S. Toma, Esq., Glendale Mayor Daniel Brotman, Police Chief Manuel Cid, Chief of Staff Joseph F. Iniguez from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, State Commissioner Sam Kbushyan, and West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, will likely be the last panelist, organizers said Monday. Other elected officials, dignitaries, community leaders, and stakeholders are confirmed to attend.

The discussion follows a recent spate of incendiary incidents that have troubled local resident and leaders.

Last month, Glendale police began investigating as a possible hate crime fliers containing anti-Armenian sentiments. They were found posted on poles near St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in the city, sparking condemnation from city officials.

The fliers reportedly contained messages denying the Armenian genocide, while claiming that Israel “fully supports” its completion. According to reports, The fliers also referenced the ongoing blockade of the Nagorno-Karabakh region by Azerbaijan, which has become a humanitarian crisis.

The region is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians but lies within Azerbaijan. Last year, Azerbaijanis claiming to be environmental activists began blocking a winding road known as the Lachin Corridor that forms the only land connection between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

The blockade threatens food supplies to Nagorno-Karabakh’s 120,000 people. Armenia argues the protests are orchestrated by Azerbaijan and says the country also has repeatedly halted supplies of gas to the region — a claim Azerbaijan also rejected.

That spate of hate coincides with the finding late last year of plastic bags containing fliers with antisemitic messages that were left on driveways and in front of homes in San Marino and Pasadena at the start of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

The incidents come amid a general rise in hate crimes in L.A. County.

Reported hate crimes in the rose to their highest level in 19 years in 2021, jumping 23% from the previous year, according to a report released in December by the county Commission on Human Relations.

According to the report, there were 786 reported hate crimes in the county last year, up from 641 the prior year. The number is the highest it has been since 2002.

The number of hate crimes targeting Asian residents rose to 77, the highest number in at least 20 years, according to the report. In roughly one-fourth of the crimes targeting Asians, the victims were blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report noted that 46% of racially based hate crimes targeted Black residents, although they only make up 9% of the overall population, and religion-based hate crimes jumped by 29%, with 74% of the offenses targeting Jews. Crimes based on sexual orientation jumped by 15% year over year, with 85% of those crimes targeting gay men.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Glendale Central Library, 222 East Harvard St., Glendale.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this article.


Azerbaijan continues shelling Armenian positions in Sotk



 08:58, 11 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 11, ARMENPRESS. As of 08:45 the Armenian positions in the direction of Sotk were still under Azerbaijani gunfire, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported.

The Armed Forces of Armenia are taking the relevant defensive-preventive measures, the ministry said, adding that the situation in other parts of the border is relatively stable.

Azerbaijan launched an artillery and mortar attack on Armenian positions near Sotk at 06:00, May 11.

9 patients in serious condition were transferred from Artsakh to Armenian hospitals accompanied by Russian peacekeepers




YEREVAN, MAY 11, ARMENPRESS. On May 11, 9 patients in serious condition were transferred from Artsakh to Armenian specialized medical centers by an ambulance accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, and another 21 are still waiting for their transfer, ARMENPRESS reports, the Ministry of Healthcare of Artsakh informs.

"Considering that since April 29, due to the obstacles caused by the Azerbaijani side, the International Committee of the Red Cross has stopped the transportation of Artsakh’s patients to Armenia, as a result of which 30 patients were deprived of the opportunity of transportation, the Artsakh side had to turn to the support of Russian peacekeepers for transporting those patients needing urgent medical intervention to Armenian medical facilities in order to save their lives. And the remaining 21 patients are under the supervision of Artsakh doctors, who are taking all possible measures to prevent further deterioration of their health condition," the ministry informed.

Artsakh’s Healthcare Ministry stressed the importance of urgently restoring the humanitarian transportation of patients and medicines carried out by the Red Cross, without any hindrance or supervisory intervention by the Azerbaijani side.

ICRC has not carried out humanitarian transportations since April 29.

Precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals are Armenia’s top exported goods, according to Q1 data



 14:00, 8 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 8, ARMENPRESS. Armenia exported goods worth over $1,6 billion in the first three months of 2023 – 2,3 times more than in Q1 of 2022, according to official data released by the Statistical Committee.

Precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals and related goods amount to the bulk of the exports.

Imports amounted to more than $2,5 billion – a 89,1% growth compared to the same period of last year.

Overall, Armenia’s foreign and mutual trade amounted to more than $4,2 billion – twice more than in 2022 Q1.

Russia was the top export destination, with exports totaling over $838 million (4,5 times more compared to 2022 Q1).

The second top export destination in Q1 2023 was the UAE with over $288 million in exports (13,2 times increase). Goods worth over $100 million were exported to the Netherlands (80,5% growth).

Overall, Armenian exports to EEU member states amounted to more than $878 million, while exports to EU countries totaled more than $185 million.

Most of the exports (over $382 million) were precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals and related goods (jewelry and other products made from precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals ), which is a 4-time growth compared to the same period of last year. The second most-exported goods are vehicles, equipment and mechanisms (over $270 million – a nearly 17-time growth). Some $208,4 million of food products (53,3% growth) were also exported in Q1.

AYF Camp Haiastan announces annual raffle fundraiser

Young day campers at Camp Haiastan, Franklin, MA

FRANKLIN, Mass. — AYF Camp Haiastan is excited to announce its annual raffle fundraiser. This year, there will be three chances to win $5,000. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward fulfilling the mission of Camp Haiastan by funding its activities and programs.

The raffle drawing dates are scheduled on the following Sundays this summer: July 9, July 23 and August 6 (dates are subject to change). Each raffle ticket costs $100.

Camp Haiastan has been a pillar of the Armenian community for over 70 years, providing a fun and educational summer camp experience for Armenian youth. We believe that it’s important to foster a strong sense of Armenian identity and culture in our young people, and we work hard to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where campers can grow, learn and have fun.

Camp relies on donations and fundraising events like this raffle to support its programs and activities.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online, by reaching out to a local seller or sending the donation to the Camp Haiastan Office (PO Box C, Franklin, MA 02038).

Located in Franklin, Massachusetts, AYF Camp Haiastan, was founded in 1951 and is the oldest Armenian camp in the United States. The Camp prides itself on providing a healthy and safe experience to Armenian-American youth to help them foster their Armenian identity and establish lifelong friendships.

RFE/RL Armenian Report – 04/25/2023


Karabakh Says Humanitarian Supply ‘Somewhat Restored’ Due To Russian Efforts

Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto premier Gurgen Nersisian holds consultations on 
humanitarian issues in Stepanakert, 

A checkpoint set up by Azerbaijan at the entrance to the only road leading from 
Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh resulted in a complete halt of all humanitarian 
supplies to the region before they were “somewhat restored” due to efforts of 
Russian peacekeepers, authorities in Stepanakert said on Tuesday.

Addressing a meeting of senior members of the de facto ethnic Armenian 
government of the region, Nagorno-Karabakh’s premier Gurgen Nersisian said that 
the additional restrictions imposed by Azerbaijan had led to the impossibility 
of importing even the minimum amount of essential goods, including fuel, into 
the region since Sunday.

“As a result, we have been unable to deliver even the amount of goods provided 
for by ration coupons [given to the population] for a designated period. We will 
extend the validity of coupons so that our people can use them after their 
expiry,” Nersisian said, without elaborating.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Information Center, a single information platform for the 
region’s government bodies, later said that due to efforts of the local 
administration and the Russian peacekeeping force it became possible to 
“somewhat restore” the supply of humanitarian cargoes disrupted in recent days.

According to the report, the main part of the cargo imported through the 
peacekeepers consisted of essential food included in the coupon system, which 
will be delivered to local stores beginning on Wednesday.

The supply of goods to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia has already been reduced 
dramatically since December when a group of Azerbaijanis calling themselves 
environmental activists blocked the only road connecting the region with Armenia 
and passing through the Lachin corridor.

Azerbaijan tightened the effective blockade on April 23 by setting up a 
roadblock on the Lachin corridor at the border with Armenia.

A bridge over the Hakari river where Azerbaijan set up a checkpoint at the 
entrance to the Lachin corridor stretching from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh. 
April 23, 2023.

Commanders of Russian peacekeepers, who are deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh and the 
Lachin corridor under the terms of the Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire agreement, 
reportedly continued to conduct negotiations with Azerbaijani representatives 
regarding the checkpoint that Russia describes as unacceptable.

In the past several months Azerbaijan denied blockading the mostly 
Armenian-populated region, citing the fact that vehicles of Russian peacekeepers 
as well as representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross 
(ICRC) were not prevented from carrying humanitarian supplies to the region and 
transporting people needing medical care to Armenia.

But Nersisian said earlier today that for three days no transportation was 
carried out by ICRC vehicles. He added that “additional clarifications” had to 
be made regarding how urgent transportation of Karabakh residents should be done 
through the agency of the ICRC and Russian peacekeepers.

When setting up the checkpoint on Sunday Baku pledged that “necessary 
conditions” would be created for “a transparent and orderly passage of Armenian 
residents living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan” in both directions.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on Tuesday, Gegham Stepanian, a 
human rights defender in Nagorno-Karabakh, voiced doubts that any ethnic 
Armenian resident of the region would agree to be inspected by Azerbaijan 
services in the Lachin corridor.

Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh stress that the presence of an Azerbaijani 
checkpoint in the five-kilometer-wide corridor contradicts the provisions of the 
Moscow-brokered ceasefire agreement that put an end to a deadly war in 2020 and 
brought Russian peacekeepers to the region.

The United States and France, which along with Russia have spearheaded 
decades-long efforts to broker a solution to the protracted conflict over 
Nagorno-Karabakh, have voiced their concerns about the developments in the 
Lachin corridor, saying that an Azerbaijani checkpoint there undermines efforts 
to establish confidence and damages the peace process between Baku and Yerevan.

Jailed Ex-Defense Chief Seeks War Probe Testimony In Public Session

        • Gayane Saribekian

David Tonoyan

Armenia’s jailed former Defense Minister David Tonoyan has refused to appear 
behind closed doors in front of a parliament commission conducting a probe into 
a 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh in which the Armenian side suffered a defeat to 

Instead, Tonoyan, who has been in custody pending investigation and trial for 19 
months now, challenged Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian to participate jointly 
with him in an open session of the commission where, he said, he would answer 
all questions.

Tonoyan, who served as Armenia’s defense minister in the Pashinian government in 
2018-2020, including during the 44-day Armenian-Azerbaijani war in 
September-November 2020, was arrested in September 2021, almost a year after 
being sacked from his post, on charges of supplying the armed forces with faulty 

Along with several other former senior officials he went on trial in January 
2022, denying the accusations.

Before the trial, however, Tonoyan warned that he must not be made a scapegoat 
for Armenia’s defeat in the six-week war and pledged to shed more light on it 
with “surprise revelations.”

Pro-government lawmaker Andranik Kocharian, who heads the parliament commission 
conducting the war probe, said on Tuesday that he was ready to discuss the 
former defense minister’s proposal.

Andranik Kocharian

“Have no doubt that the proposal will be considered, and, if possible, we will 
provide solutions,” he said.

The meetings of the commission that has worked for over a year now, are held 
behind closed doors and clarifications provided by officials invited to these 
meetings are not made available to the media.

Tonoyan said he ruled out his participation in a commission meeting that would 
be held behind closed doors as he said he doubted the commission’s impartiality.

“The absence of independent experts and representatives of the parliament’s 
opposition factions at the sessions of the commission not only raises questions 
about the impartiality of its work, but also is a fertile ground for the 
continuation of political speculations, slanders and dilettantish gossip,” the 
former defense chief explained.

Kocharian, for his part, ruled out any bias on the part of the commission 
members. “If he [Tonoyan] wants to come to the commission, there is no issue of 
bias here. The problem of bias will be solved if the participants ask questions 
and, if necessary, these questions will be available to everyone,” he said.

The ad hoc parliamentary commission has been examining the circumstances of the 
44-day war since early 2022. The opposition boycotted the work of the commission 
from the outset. Prime Minister Pashinian stated in parliament last week that he 
was ready to answer questions of the commission.

As part of the parliamentary inquiry the commission has already invited and 
questioned former and current chiefs of the Armed Forces’ General Staff and 
former Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanian.

Armenian Authorities Dismiss Opposition Criticism Over Karabakh Road Checkpoint

        • Karlen Aslanian

Azerbaijan is setting up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Lachin Corridor, 
April 23, 2023.

Authorities in Yerevan do not accept criticism from the parliamentary opposition 
over the installation by Azerbaijan of a checkpoint in the Lachin corridor at 
the border with Armenia effectively obstructing the movement of people and 
traffic from and to ethnic Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh.

Members of the Armenian opposition claim that Yerevan itself gave the green 
light to Baku to put the roadblock when Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian stated in 
the National Assembly last week that Armenia fully recognizes the territorial 
integrity of Azerbaijan and expects Azerbaijan to do the same by recognizing the 
territorial integrity of the modern-day Republic of Armenia within its 
Soviet-era borders.

Pro-government head of the Armenian National Assembly’s Foreign Relations 
Committee Sargis Khandanian defended Pashinian’s remarks, insisting that, on the 
contrary, they were “constructive.”

Sargis Khandanian

“It is becoming clear that Armenia is the constructive party, and this is likely 
becoming visible to our international partners as well. This is also evidenced 
by, for example, very quick and targeted assessments by the U.S. State 
Department or the French Foreign Ministry after the situation emerged. And 
Armenia cannot abandon the peace process it has committed itself to, it cannot 
deviate from its goal of establishing stability in the region,” Khandanian said.

In separate statements issued on April 23, the United States and France, which 
along with Russia have spearheaded decades-long efforts to broker a solution to 
the protracted conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, have voiced their concerns about 
the developments in the Lachin Corridor, saying that an Azerbaijani checkpoint 
there undermines efforts to establish confidence in the peace process and 
damages the negotiation process.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell 
also assessed Azerbaijan’s installation of a checkpoint in the Lachin Corridor 
as an act “contrary to the EU’s call to reduce tensions.”

Meanwhile, Baku also cited statements from Yerevan on recognizing Azerbaijan’s 
territorial integrity in substantiating its decision to set up the checkpoint. 
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in particular, referred to the 
agreements reached by the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan at their meetings in 
Prague and Sochi in October last year, describing the establishment of the 
checkpoint as a legal step.

The pro-government lawmaker in Yerevan said to this: “Armenia has always stated 
that the rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh should be 
addressed and that it should be done under conditions of international 
visibility. Therefore, such wording by Baku is manipulative. The latest 
statement in the National Assembly by Prime Minister Pashinian was also followed 
by a narrative about ensuring the rights and security of the Armenians of 

The April 23 installation by Azerbaijan of the roadblock on the Lachin corridor, 
the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, completed the effective 
blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh that was established by a group of Azerbaijanis 
calling themselves environmental activists back in December.

Authorities in Yerevan and Stepanakert denounced the move, saying that it was in 
violation of the Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire agreement that designated the 
Lachin corridor along with the ethnic Armenian-controlled part of 
Nagorno-Karabakh as a sphere of Russian peacekeepers’ deployment.

Among other things, the new roadblock also cut four Karabakh villages from the 
rest of the region.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday that commanders of its peacekeeping 
force were in negotiations with the Azerbaijani side over the issue of the 
checkpoint that official Moscow sees as a “unilateral step” by Baku and calls it 

Official Yerevan says that it continues to see a way out of the created 
situation only through diplomatic and political means, expecting additional 
efforts from Russia.

The pro-government Armenian lawmaker also said on Tuesday that any scenario of 
using force “has no prospect.” “Because Armenia does not imagine solving the 
issues in that way,” Khandanian said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for 
years. Some 30,000 people were killed in a war in the early 1990s that left 
ethnic Armenians in control of the predominantly Armenian-populated region and 
seven adjacent districts of Azerbaijan proper.

Decades of internationally mediated talks failed to result in a diplomatic 
solution and the simmering conflict led to another war in 2020 in which nearly 
7,000 soldiers were killed on both sides.

The six-week war in which Azerbaijan regained all of the Armenian-controlled 
areas outside of Nagorno-Karabakh as well as chunks of territory inside the 
Soviet-era autonomous oblast proper ended with a Russia-brokered cease-fire 
under which Moscow deployed about 2,000 troops to the region to serve as 

Resolution Calling For Recognition Of Nagorno-Karabakh Introduced In U.S. 

        • Arman Hovhannisyan

The United States Capitol

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has introduced a resolution in the United 
States Congress calling for the recognition of independence and 
self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), the resolution 
also calls for the condemnation of “unprovoked attacks by the Azerbaijani forces 
on Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.”

It emphasizes that the recognition of Artsakh, which is the Armenian name for 
Nagorno-Karabakh, is “consistent with the right to self-determination enshrined 
in various United Nations instruments and the people of Artsakh’s 1991 vote and 
decision to declare their independence from Azerbaijan.”

The document condemns the ongoing blockade of the Lachin Corridor, which is the 
only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, and calls on Baku “to 
immediately cease its blockade and aggressions against Armenia and Artsakh 
without conditions.”

The resolution calls for all U.S. foreign and military assistance to Azerbaijan 
to be immediately ceased pursuant to Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act “to 
make clear to the Government of Azerbaijan that further attacks on Armenia and 
Artsakh will result in sanctions and other measures.”

The resolution underscores firm support for the sovereignty and territorial 
integrity of Armenia, which is described as a democratic partner of the United 
States, “against Azerbaijan’s military aggression and blatant violations of 
international laws and norms.”

The document also supports United States and international humanitarian 
assistance programs “to meet the urgent needs of victims of Azerbaijani 
aggression in both Armenia and Artsakh.”

Adam Schiff

In introducing the resolution backed by two other democratic congressmen, 
Congressional Armenian Caucus founding co-Chair Frank Pallone and Josh 
Gottheimer, Schiff stressed the importance of this move on April 24, the 
international day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

“The United States must recognize the right of self-determination of the people 
of Artsakh, the need for remedial secession, and stop sending support to 
Azerbaijan. Anything less will only further embolden [Azerbaijani President 
Ilham] Aliyev in his attempt to annihilate the Armenian people,” he said, as 
quoted by the ANCA.

The initiative of the U.S. democratic congressman came a day after Azerbaijan 
announced the installation of a checkpoint at the entrance to the Lachin 
Corridor from Armenia, completing the effective blockade of the breakaway region 
that was established by a group of Azerbaijanis calling themselves environmental 
activists back in December.

Authorities in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh denounced the move, saying that it 
was in violation of the Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire agreement that designated 
the Lachin Corridor along with the ethnic Armenian-controlled part of 
Nagorno-Karabakh as a sphere of Russian peacekeepers’ deployment.

Official Moscow on Monday described “unilateral steps” in the Lachin Corridor 
made in violation of the basic provisions of the tripartite statement of the 
leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020, as 
“unacceptable”, expressing a hope that “Baku and Yerevan will show political 
will and will be able to overcome this negative trend in the near future.” The 
Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Moscow is ready to provide all 
the necessary assistance to Azerbaijan and Armenia “both at the political level 
and on the ground.”

In separate statements issued on April 23, the United States and France, the two 
other nations that along with Russia have spearheaded decades-long efforts to 
broker a solution to the protracted conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, have voiced 
their concerns about the developments in the Lachin Corridor, saying that an 
Azerbaijani checkpoint there undermines efforts to establish confidence in the 
peace process and damages the negotiation process.

The 2020 ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia put an end to a six-week 
Armenian-Azerbaijani war over Nagorno-Karabakh in which nearly 7,000 soldiers 
were killed on both sides.

The war in which Azerbaijan regained all of the Armenian-controlled areas 
outside of Nagorno-Karabakh as well as chunks of territory inside the Soviet-era 
autonomous oblast proper was followed by international efforts to facilitate a 
peace deal between Yerevan and Baku.

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Los Angeles’ large Armenian community observes Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

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The killing and deportation of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 1900s was remembered Monday in Southern California, home to an enormous Armenian American community that only recently has been able to celebrate U.S. recognition that the systematic oppression was genocide.

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day was marked in the Los Angeles region by big rallies and marches long before 2021, when President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to use the word "genocide" to describe the campaign of violence.

For decades, the White House had avoided using using the term for fear of alienating Turkey, the successor to the Ottoman Empire and a NATO ally. The government of Turkey vehemently rejected Biden's use of the word.

Biden on Monday issued a statement renewing a pledge to never forget.

"On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople — the start of a systematic campaign of violence against the Armenian community. In the years that followed, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths — a tragedy that forever affected generations of Armenian families," Biden said.

More than 200,000 people of Armenian descent are estimated to live in Los Angeles County, where April is celebrated as Armenian History Month.

The suburban city of Glendale is a center of the community, and a small section of Los Angeles is known as Little Armenia, where a crowd gathered Monday on Hollywood Boulevard.

Traditional annual remembrance activities on or around the day include protests outside the Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills and a ceremony at the towering Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument on a hilltop in suburban Montebello.

The Glendale and Los Angeles school districts closed schools Monday in observance of the day. Last week, the LA district Board of Education voted to support the inclusion of an Armenian check box on the U.S. Census questionnaire so that officials can better serve the population.

Trilateral agreements on Karabakh have no alternatives — Kremlin on checkpoint in Lachin


"Russia continues its mediation efforts, mainly the efforts to implement all provisions of the trilateral documents, signed two years ago. Russia will continue to work on this together with Yerevan and Baku. We stay in touch," Dmitry Peskov pointed out

MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Azerbaijan's decision to establish a checkpoint in the Lachin corridor requires additional mediation efforts by Russia, and Moscow will continue to promote the implementation of the trilateral agreements concluded by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, which remain without alternatives, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Monday.

While commenting on Azerbaijan's checkpoint, established in the Lachin corridor, Peskov said that "the situation is really difficult" and "requires additional efforts" and the understanding on the part of Yerevan and Baku there is no alternative to the implementation of trilateral agreements concluded by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

"Russia continues its mediation efforts, mainly the efforts to implement all provisions of the trilateral documents, signed two years ago. Russia will continue to work on this together with Yerevan and Baku. We stay in touch," the Kremlin spokesman pointed out. "We have been working together with the capitals, I mean with Yerevan and Baku. And we will continue doing so."

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to immediately resume compliance with the existing agreements and expressed concern about growing cease-fire violations in Karabakh. The Russian Foreign Ministry also cautioned "external Western actors" against attempts to throw the situation off balance, including smear campaigns against Russia.