Asbarez: Opposition Charts New Approach to Protests, Vows to Continue Fighting for Armenia, Artsakh

Opposition "Resistance" Movement march through the streets of Yerevan on June 14

The leader of the opposition “Resistance” movement, Ishkhan Saghatelyan, told thousands of supporters gathered at Yerevan’s French Square on Tuesday, that the protests and rallies that have been going on since May 1 have had a positive result in their efforts to oust Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

In a speech delivered ahead of a march through Yerevan streets, Saghatelyan, who is a deputy speaker of parliament representing the opposition Armenia Alliance, said that the unimpeded daily rallies and protests have had a groundswell of support and have proven that there is voice in the country that will fight for Armenia and Artsakh.

The “Resistance” movement protests have been marred by brutal police response. At one point hundreds of protesters were being arrested on daily basis, with law enforcement response escalating recently to include beating and dragging of protesters on the street.

The police violence was criticized by the United States Embassy in Yerevan, the European Union’s representation there as well as Armenia’s Human Rights Defender’s office.

Saghatelyan said that moving forward, the movement will seek to establish more focused subdivisions and committees to better get the message across, and will include professional workshops, visits to the various regions of Armenia and public meetings. He explained that local committees will also be formed in Artsakh and in various communities in the Diaspora.

The new course charted by Saghatelyan also envisions one large rally a week—a departure from the daily gatherings—as well as one weekly march. He announced that a march would take place on Thursday, followed by a rally at the French Square on Saturday.

Saghatelyan also announced that tents erected at French Square, where hundreds stayed overnight, would be dismantled on Wednesday, vowing, however, that tents can go up when needed.

“At the rally, we will talk exclusively about what kind of Armenia we will represent. We will present our ideas in all directions,” said Saghatelyan, who also the chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia.

Azerbaijan defense minister inspects construction of military facilities in Artsakh’s Karvachar and Kashatagh
Armenia –

The Azerbaijani defense minister inspected the military facilities under construction in the currently Azerbaijani-occupied Karvachar and Kashatagh regions of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

“The Minister of Defense Colonel General Zakir Hasanov and the leadership of the Ministry got acquainted with the work carried out at the military facilities being under construction in Kalbajar [(Karvachar)] and Lachin [(Kashatagh)],” the Azerbaijani defense ministry noted in a statement.

“It was reported that the construction of barracks and office premises, a bath and laundry complex, a medical point, and other infrastructure facilities, as well as their provision with modern equipment, are planned to organize military police service at a high level,” the statement added.

Then Hasanov inspected the logistics’ warehouses under construction.

Defense Minister visits north-eastern border




YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS. Minister of Defense of Armenia Suren Papikyan visited on June 17 the 2nd Army Corps, the ministry said in a news release. 

The minister was introduced on the latest technical means, equipment of local production, etc.

Thereafter, he watched a military drill. He thanked the staff and awarded several distinguished servicemen at the end of the drill.

Suren Papikyan also visited the Republic’s north-eastern borderzone, the military bases, watched the process of engineering works, got acquainted with the living conditions, the quality of food and talked with the servicemen.

Armenia ready to open consulate in Tabriz

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TEHRAN – The Armenian Parliament speaker has said that his country is ready to open a consulate in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz. 

Alen Simonyan, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, who has traveled to Tehran at the invitation of the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, met with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday evening.

Simonyan said the establishment of the consulate general of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Armenia’s Syunik Province is a turning point in the relations between the two countries and announced Armenia’s readiness to establish its consulate general in Tabriz, according to the Iranian foreign ministry.

In this meeting, Amir Abdollahian called Armenia “an important friend and neighbor of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. Citing high-level political relations between the two countries, Amir Abdollahian stressed the need to develop economic cooperation and take advantage of the two countries’ diverse capacities. He expressed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s readiness to increase trade volume with Armenia to $1 billion a year.

Amir Abdollahian also referred to Iran’s principled position to support the territorial integrity of the region and stressed the unchangeability of international borders and the need to respect the sovereignty of the regional countries.

Armenian parliament majority discusses stripping opposition MPs of their seats

Armenia –

Members of the Armenian ruling Civil Contract party’s parliamentary faction are discussing the possible expulsion of opposition lawmakers, its secretary Artur Hovhannisyan said.

“The faction is discussing the matter. It’s backed by popular demand,” he told a briefing in the parliament on Thursday.

According to him, many people have laid out a demand to strip MPs from the opposition Hayastan and Pativ Unem blocs of their seats after their boycott of parliament sessions to take part in daily protests in Yerevan.

“The [Civil Contract] faction MPs have different opinions on the matter. There are discussions, but no decision has been made yet,” Hovhannisyan said.

Asbarez: Board of Regents Deplores Attacks on Armenian Schools’ Integrity, Commitment to Homeland

Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools

The Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian schools issued an announcement on Monday deploring recent attacks on different Armenian schools and their administration by individuals who are questioning the schools’ commitment to the homeland and the Armenian Cause.

Below is the text of the announcement.

The Armenian nation has been in crisis for the past year, especially after the end of the 44-day Artsakh war.

We are disappointed that the commitment of Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools to our homeland and our cause are being questioned, during a time when our nation is facing so many challenges.

The Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools have not veered from our mission to serve our homeland and will always stand with the people of Armenia and Artsakh. We condemn any attempt in fabricating and distorting the facts about our past and present commitment to our national goals.

Since 1964, this institution has wholeheartedly served the educational needs of our children and our community. Through its service and with the commitment and sacrifice of so many teachers and administrators, the Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools have been able to serve Armenia and Artsakh, while preserving our culture, history, heritage and language.

We want to reassure our community that the Prelacy Armenian Schools, to this day, continue to support and assist Artsakh. In April 2022, in order for us to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Artsakh and Armenia, we advised all Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools to raise the flag of the Republic of Artsakh on our campuses and called on all our administrators to continue their support of the people of Artsakh to make sure we all do our part in their struggle for self-determination and independence. Furthermore, our latest initiative has been to partner with Schools in Artsakh who are in dire need of resources and assistance. Over the past few months, we have been in constant contact and have held virtual meetings with School administrators in Artsakh to provide any assistance needed to ensure that they are able to serve the educational needs of the young generations in Artsakh.

We call upon all those questioning our commitment to our homeland to cease from spreading misinformation to our youth and community, which only causes unnecessary conflicts. The Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools is an educational institution that has gone above and beyond to preserve the core values of national identity.

Our record and dedication to our homeland, Artsakh and our cause are well-established and the Board of Regents will not allow futile conflicts to slither their way into the Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools. Our schools have a sacred mission which must be valued and collectively protected.

We urge our administrators, teachers and staff to continue selflessly serving our noble mission and we thank all our parents for believing in our mission and entrusting their children’s education to the Prelacy Armenian Schools and Preschools.

Board of Regents
Prelacy Armenian Schools

David Babayan: Artsakh, Armenia are in difficult situation
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For small countries, especially those surrounded by hostile neighbors, the key geopolitical task is to maintain their status of geopolitical actor and factor. Without this, they are doomed. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Foreign Minister David Babayan wrote this Tuesday on Facebook.

“Among the most important components of being geopolitical actor and factor is adherence to principles. The absence of principles and value components deprives the state and people of geopolitical autonomy and specificity. Such a state becomes a geopolitical ‘snack’ for neighbors, especially the principled and ambitious ones.

“Artsakh and Armenia are in a difficult situation, which makes the imperative of maintaining the status of geopolitical actor and factor and adherence to principles even more relevant,” Babayan added.

Greece Strengthens Tourism Ties with Armenia at UNWTO Meeting

June 7 2022
Posted On 07 Jun 2022
By : GTP editing team

Greece is looking outward taking actions to penetrate new markets and boost the country’s tourism product, said Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki during her visit to Yerevan, Armenia for the 67th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe.

It is noted that Greece serves as Chair of the UNWTO Commission for Europe for the 2021-2023 period.

Zacharaki, who presided over the meeting, which included the participation of UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and UNWTO Regional Director for Europe Alessandra Priante, met with Armenian tourism sector stakeholders to discuss ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Among others, she met with major Armenian tour operators and discussed specific actions to boost tourist flows, as well as with representatives from Enterprise Armenia.

The minister said there was a growing interest by Armenians to visit Greece this year.

During her visit to Erevan she visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan as well as the museum dedicated to Armenians who lost their lives during genocide. She also met with representatives of the Greek community in Armenia.

Addressing the UNWTO meeting, Zacharaki referred to the great momentum in tourism this year, adding that there were reasonable hopes for full post-Covid-19 recovery. She stressed, however, that the sector globally and particularly in Europe was faced with significant challenges including the Russia- Ukraine war and soaring prices.

On the sidelines of the event, Zacharaki had the chance together with the head of the ministry’s general directorate for Tourism Policy, Panagiota Dionysopoulou, to meet with partners from France, Portugal, Spain, and Bulgaria, to discuss cooperation in tourism and participation in activities for the UNWTO Maritime Tourism Research Center for the Mediterranean which is based in Athens. 

“I had the opportunity to emphasize to our partners the impressive recovery of Greek tourism in 2021 and its even more dynamic development for 2022. We exchanged thoughts and ideas on how we can address the significant and common challenges in terms of employment, education, sustainability, but also public-private partnerships,” she said.

Addressing a special discussion on Tourism and Rural Development, Zacharaki underlined the importance of developing alternative forms of tourism “in order to obtain a better quality, balanced and sustainable tourism product”. 

“In this context, we refer to the great success of the inclusion of Soufli in the ‘Best Tourism Villages’ as well as of Western Samos in the upgrade program,” she said.

Zacharaki also presented the Greek tourism ministry’s new initiatives including the launch of special seal for visitable breweries, cheese-making factories and olive mills and to efforts being made to link the primary sector with tourism through programs supporting young farmers.

The next UNWTO Commission for Europe meeting will be held in Bulgaria.

Armenian side not responsible for skirmishes – minister

Armenia – June 7 2022
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ArmInfo.There is some tension along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, incidents occur, and Armenia's Ministry of Defense is informed of that. In some cases Azerbaijan  disseminates disinformation on Armenian troops allegedly violating  the ceasefire, Armenia's Defense Minister Suren Papikyan said in an  interview with the Public TV of Armenia. 

"Armenia's armed forces prevent ceasefire violations by silencing the  enemy with retaliations. That is, we are not responsible for  skirmishes, and I hope that the neighbor's armed forces will do the  same, and we will be able to achieve stable peace," the minister  said. 

Asked about pile-up of Azerbaijani forces and a possibility of war,  Mr Papikyan could not make any assessments. 

"In any case Armenia's armed forces must be ready to ensure security  of our borders. We do not see any threats now," the minister said. 

Asked about the army's morale, Mr Papikyan said post-war recovery is  a difficult process, but the morale is high. 

"We have to work, to ensure rear security, trust the army. The army  is awaiting support, including moral support. And we must follow this  way, and organic ties between the army and society must work," Mr  Papikyan said. 

He reported that the draft is scheduled for June 13 to July 31. 

"This autumn our conscript will be trained in training battalions  after which they will be sent to military units," the minister said. 

Armenpress: Ambassador Mkrtchyan presents credentials to the President of Albania

Ambassador Mkrtchyan presents credentials to the President of Albania



 21:01, 7 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 7, ARMENPRESS. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Albania Tigran Mkrtchyan (residence in Athens) presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta on June 7.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Facebook page of the Armenian Embassy in Greece, during the meeting following the official ceremony the President of Albania congratulated and wished success to the Armenian Ambassador, expressing confidence that he will contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

Ambassador Tigran Mkrtchyan noted that the two countries have a great potential for cooperation in areas of mutual interest, expressing hope that in the near future the agenda of Armenian-Albanian cooperation will be further expanded, the foundations of a bilateral legal field will be laid.  At the same time, the Ambassador noted that the focus of his activities will be not only the deepening of political and economic relations, but also the application of the existing potential in the cultural, scientific and educational spheres. In this context, the Ambassador stressed that the activities of the Tumo Tirana Creative Technology Center in the Albanian capital have a unique role in the cooperation between the two countries in the field of science and technology, as well as in strengthening the ties between the youth and future generations of the two countries.

The interlocutors noted with satisfaction the mutual support in the multilateral dimension.

President Ilir Meta wished success to Ambassador Mkrtchyan in carrying out his diplomatic mission in Albania and expressed his support for that mission. The President of Albania also emphasized the role of the Armenian community in Albania in strengthening the friendly ties between the two countries.