Senate Passes Armenian Protection Act of 2023, Menendez Shows Strong Support

Shore News Network
Nov 19 2023

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – In a significant move, the U.S. Senate has passed the Armenian Protection Act of 2023, receiving commendation from Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The act aims to halt military aid to the Azeri government, accused of committing genocide against the Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Senator Menendez, a vocal advocate for the legislation, expressed his satisfaction and ongoing commitment to the cause. He emphasized the systematic and brutal nature of the atrocities committed against the Armenians, advocating for sanctions against those responsible.

Menendez is currently facing federal bribery and corruption charges. The Department of Justice has alleged Menendez is a foreign agent of Egypt.

The passage of this act highlights the U.S. Senate’s stance on human rights violations and its commitment to protecting vulnerable communities. Senator Menendez stressed the importance of standing in solidarity with the Armenian people, aligning with the broader goals of U.S. foreign policy centered on human rights.

This development marks a significant step in addressing the long-standing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and reflects the U.S. government’s resolve to intervene in matters of international humanitarian concern. The legislation’s impact on U.S.-Azerbaijan relations and its broader geopolitical implications are yet to be seen.

RFE/RL Armenian Service – 11/19/2023


Azerbaijan Again Slams France Over ‘Bias’

Official Baku has criticized France over its allegedly “biased” position on an 
order issued by a United Nations court earlier this week to oblige Azerbaijan to 
ensure the safety of ethnic Armenians who want to return to Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on November 17 
after Armenia’s request for a provisional measure following Azerbaijan’s 
lightning offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh in September that resulted in the exodus 
of the region’s ethnic Armenian population has been hailed in Yerevan as well as 
in Paris.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France said in a statement that the ICJ’s 
Order that also stipulates that Baku should ensure the safety of people who wish 
to depart Nagorno-Karabakh and that those who wish to stay must remain “free 
from the use of force or intimidation that may cause them to flee” 
correspondents to the position of Paris.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry called the statements by the French ministry 
“irrelevant and unacceptable.”

“France’s disregard for the rejection by the Court of most of the unlawful 
requests by Armenia is another vivid example of double-standards and bias 
against Azerbaijan,” the Azerbaijani ministry said, as quoted by Azerbaijan’s 
APA news agency.

“It is lamentable that this country, which has presented itself as the greatest 
advocate of justice and order, misinterprets and meddles into the Court’s 
affairs on a matter that has nothing to do with France,” it added.

Citing France’s “biased position” against Azerbaijan, in early October 
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev refused to attend a meeting with Armenian 
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian that was to be mediated by French President 
Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and European Council President 
Charles Michel.

Azerbaijan has also condemned France for its arms supplies to Armenia based on 
cooperation agreements signed by the two countries’ defense ministries in 

The latest diplomatic spat between Azerbaijan and France comes amid Baku’s 
refusal to engage in negotiations with Yerevan in the United States, the other 
Western country that has spearheaded international efforts to find a negotiated 
solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since the early 1990s.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said the decision was in response to what it 
called “one-sided and biased remarks” against Azerbaijan made by U.S. Assistant 
Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien during a 
November 15 congressional hearing on “the future of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

In its statement issued on Saturday the Azerbaijan ministry said that the 
Washington platform is “no longer acceptable for Baku in negotiations with 

At the same time, Baku said that the Brussels format where it is the European 
Union that acts as a mediator remained acceptable for continued negotiations.

“Besides, Azerbaijan prefers direct negotiations with Armenia,” the Azerbaijan 
Foreign Ministry said.

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Armenian FM congratulates Luxembourg’s new foreign minister on appointment


YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 18, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has congratulated Xavier Bettel on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg.

“Congratulations to Xavier Bettel on assuming the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg. I look forward to continuing exemplary partnership with friendly Luxembourg, reinforced by Armenia's permanent diplomatic presence in Luxembourg,” Mirzoyan said in a post on X.

88 United Nations staffers killed in Gaza

 21:48, 6 November 2023

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 6, ARMENPRESS. The United Nations on Monday stressed that 88 staffers have been killed in Gaza, marking the highest toll ever for UN fatalities recorded in a single conflict, The Times of Israel reported.

The 88 staff members from the Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA have been reportedly killed since the beginning of the war, October 7.

A joint statement from the heads of all major UN agencies stated that the figure represents "the highest number of United Nations fatalities ever recorded in a single conflict."

RFE/RL Armenian Service – 11/01/2023

                                        Wednesday, November 1, 2023

More Armenians Jailed After Anti-Government Protests

        • Naira Bulghadarian

Armenia - Riot police arrest an anti-government protester in Yerevan, September 
22, 2023.

Four more participants of recent anti-government protests in Yerevan, including 
a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested on what their lawyers and the Armenian 
opposition call politically motivated charges.

The largely peaceful protests erupted spontaneously shortly after the 
Azerbaijani army went on the offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19, 
paving the way for the restoration of Baku’s full control over the 
Armenian-populated territory. They demanded that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian 
resign because of his failure to prevent the fall of Karabakh. Some 
demonstrators clashed with security forces outside the main government building 
in Yerevan.

Opposition groups swiftly took over and stepped up the daily protests in the 
following days in an attempt to topple Pashinian. Their “civil disobedience” 
campaign fizzled out later in September.

Riot police detained hundreds of people during the demonstrations. The majority 
of them were set free after spending several hours in police custody.

At least 48 protesters, many of them university students, were charged with 
participating in “mass disturbances.” As of mid-October, 31 of them remained 
under arrest pending investigation.

Armenia -- Armenians take part in an anti-government protest in central Yerevan 
on September 24, 2023.

The fresh arrests were made over the weekend. All four men are natives of 
Nagorno-Karabakh facing the same charges. They include the 16-year-old Samvel 
Mirzoyan, who is suffering, according to his lawyer, from a heart problem.

The lawyer, Abgar Poghosian, said on Wednesday, said a Yerevan court cited 
witness tampering concerns when it remanded Mirzoyan in pre-trial custody. 
Poghosian laughed off that explanation, saying that police officers are the only 
witnesses in the case and that his teenage client could simply not influence 
their testimony.

“There is no doubt that this is a politically motivated case,” Poghosian told 
RFE/RL’s Armenian Service.

“They want to arrest as many people as possible and thus create an atmosphere of 
fear,” he said, echoing the Armenian opposition’s assessments of the arrests.

Opposition leaders have described the arrested protesters as political prisoners 
and demanded their immediate release. Two of them visited the latest detainees 
in custody.

Armenia -- A protester waves the Karabakh flag as riot police officers guard the 
Armenian government building in Yerevan, September 2, 2023.

Some human rights activists have also expressed concern over the mass arrests. 
One of them, Zaruhi Hovannisian, believes that the Armenian authorities’ 
reluctance to place the indicted protesters under house arrest testifies to the 
political character of these cases.

The Investigative Committee, which is in charge of the cases, denies any 
political motives behind them, saying that the detainees assaulted police 
officers and threw rocks and other objects at the government building.

Among the detainees is Tatev Virabian, a Karabakh-born mother of two who is 
prosecuted for not only allegedly hurling a bottle of water but also her 
Facebook post construed by the law-enforcement agency as a call for violent 
regime change. She strongly denies the accusations.

Virabian’s lawyer, Arsen Babayan, expressed concern about the young woman’s 
health, saying that she recently fainted in her prison cell.

Russia ‘Rotating Troops’ In Depopulated Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh - Russian peacekeepers stand next to an armored vehicle at the 
checkpoint outside Stepanakert, October 7, 2023.

The Russian military has said that it has rotated its peacekeeping forces in 
Nagorno-Karabakh and sent their weaponry to Russia “for planned repairs” after 
the mass exodus of the region’s ethnic Armenian population.

Karabakh’s depopulation resulting from Azerbaijan’s September 19-20 military 
offensive called into question the continued presence of 2,000 or so Russian 
peacekeepers deployed there following the 2020 Armenian-Azerbaijani war. Over 
the past month they have dismantled most of their observation posts along the 
Karabakh “line of contact” that existed until the assault.

“The rotation of the peacekeeping contingent’s personnel as well as the sending 
of weapons and military equipment to the Russian Federation for planned repairs 
is being completed,” read a statement released by Russia’s Defense Ministry late 
on Tuesday.

It said the contingent keeps cooperating with Baku on “preventing bloodshed, 
ensuring security and observing humanitarian law in relation to the civilian 
population.” Only several dozen ethnic Armenians are thought to remain in 

A senior Russian diplomat said on October 9 that despite the exodus, condemned 
by Armenia as “ethnic cleansing,” the peacekeepers should remain in the region 
because their mission “will also be necessary in the future.” Russian President 
Vladimir Putin and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev discussed the issue 
when they met in Kyrgyzstan four days later. They announced no agreements on the 
future of the Russian presence in Karabakh.

Armenian leaders have denounced the Russians for their failure to prevent, stop 
or even condemn the Azerbaijani military operation. Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian insisted last week that they were “unable or unwilling to ensure the 
security of the Karabakh Armenians.”

Moscow has rejected the criticism. It has also bristled at European Union leader 
Charles Michel’s recent assertion that “Russia has betrayed the Armenian 
population” of Karabakh.

More Karabakh Captives Identified

        • Ruzanna Stepanian

Nagorno-Karabakh - A view through a car window shows abandoned vehicles in 
Stepanakert an Azeri military operation and mass exodus of ethnic Armenians from 
the region, October 2, 2023.

Azerbaijan detained not only eight current and former leaders of 
Nagorno-Karabakh but also at least as many other Karabakh Armenians following 
its September 19-20 military offensive, a senior Armenian law-enforcement 
official said on Wednesday.

“There are also captives who are not high-ranking officials. The capture of 
those individuals has been confirmed,” Argishti Kyaramian, the head of Armenia’s 
Investigative Committee, told reporters.

Kyaramian did not identify any of those captives. RFE/RL’s Armenian Service 
found out about one of them, Melikset Pashayan, last week.

Pashayan lived in the Karabakh village of Sznek. According to his relatives, he 
went missing while trying to help evacuate elderly and sick people unable to 
flee the village on their own. Pashayan’s wife said he subsequently phoned her 
from Baku and said he is in Azerbaijani custody.

Karabakh’s three former presidents -- Arayik Harutiunian, Bako Sahakian and 
Arkadi Ghukasian -- as well as current parliament speaker Davit Ishkhanian were 
taken to Baku to face grave criminal charges in late September. Their detentions 
followed the mass exodus of Karabakh’s residents that left the enclave almost 
fully depopulated.

Karabakh’s former premier Ruben Vardanyan, former Foreign Minister Davit 
Babayan, former army commander Levon Mnatsakanian and his ex-deputy Davit 
Manukian were arrested by Azerbaijani security forces last week while trying to 
enter Armenia through the Lachin corridor.

The Armenian government strongly condemned the arrests and urged the 
international community to help it secure the release of the Karabakh leaders. 
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry rejected the criticism, saying that they will 
go on trial for promoting separatism, organizing “terrorist acts” and 
participating in “aggression against Azerbaijan.”

Baku has so far acknowledged only nine Karabakh detainees. Kyaramian insisted 
that their confirmed number stands at 16.

The figure does not include 30 Karabakh soldiers and 12 civilians who 
Kyaramian’s law-enforcement agency says went missing during the Azerbaijani 
assault and remain unaccounted for.

Yerevan Says Keen To Allay Russian Concerns Over International Court Treaty

        • Siranuysh Gevorgian

Armenia - The building of the Armenian Foreign Ministry in Yerevan.

Armenia has again offered to sign an agreement with Russia to address Moscow’s 
concerns about Yerevan’s recent acceptance of jurisdiction of an international 
court that issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin in 

Despite stern warnings from the Russian leadership, the Armenian parliament 
ratified on October 3 the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court 
(ICC) known as the Rome Statute. The move initiated by Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian and condemned by Moscow added to unprecedented tensions between the 
two states.

Russian officials said it will cause serious damage to Russian-Armenian 
relations. They dismissed Yerevan’s assurances that the ratification does not 
commit it to arresting Putin and handing him over to the ICC in the event of his 
visit to Armenia.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said on October 9 that Moscow 
presented the Armenian government with “certain proposals” on the issue. He 
suggested that Yerevan is “either still thinking about them or has decided to 
reject them.”

In a statement to RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said 
on Wednesday that Yerevan has responded to those proposals. But it did not 
disclose them.

“In the context of proposals conveyed by the Russian side regarding the process 
of ratification of the Rome Statute by Armenia, the Armenian side came up with a 
proposal to conclude a corresponding bilateral agreement which can dispel the 
concerns of the Russian Federation,” the ministry said, adding that it has not 
received an “official written response” from Moscow.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed on October 3 the proposed bilateral 
treaty related to the ICC. He said it is not clear how Yerevan can “put in place 
special conditions, exceptions.”

For his part, Putin said on October 13 that the ratification of the ICC treaty 
will not stop him from visiting Armenia again in the future and that he and 
Pashinian “remain in touch.” The tensions between the two longtime allies have 
not eased since then.

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The Prime Minister gets acquainted with the overhaul works of kindergarten No. 10 in Kapan


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 28, ARMENPRESS. In the sidelines of the visit to Syunik region, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan familiarized himself with the renovation works of Kindergarten No. 10 in Kapan carried out within the framework of the subsidy program. the Prime Minister's Office said.

The number of students in the pre-school institution is 99, as a result of the renovation, attendance of about 140 students is planned. The total cost of the project is 293.8 million AMD, 80 percent of which was allocated by the Government. The two-story building was built in the 1980s. Under the project, repair works of the building were carried out: waterproofing, replacement of doors and windows, interior finishing, roof repair, installation of children's playground, fencing and beautification of the area.

A Turkish secret hiding in plain sight

BBC Travel, UK
Oct 28 2023
In the border city of Gaziantep, a secret jazz cafe is helping residents reconcile with the city's turbulent past and offering hope for the future.

On Wednesday and Saturday nights, if you follow the narrow, stone streets in Gaziantep, Turkey's old Armenian district to an unmarked silver door and knock three times, you're in for a treat. 

Moments later, a man with a long white ponytail and round glasses will appear, welcoming you to his cafe, Jazz ve Kahve, and whisking you away for a night of food and traditional Middle Eastern music. Inside a room filled with Persian carpets, locals will be listening to the melody of a ney (a Turkish wind instrument) intertwining with that of a Syrian lute-like oud in a 19th-Century Armenian mansion overlooking a scenic courtyardstrewn with dangling lights. 

"Gaziantep is a city at a crossroads in the heart of old Mesopotamia. When they were under the same empire, Armenians, Turks and Arabs all coexisted peacefully," said Murad Uçaner, the ponytailed cafe's owner. "In these few square metres, we are trying to revive that ancient vibe."

In the past few years, Uçaner's intimate cafe has become an institution in Gaziantep – one of the cities impacted by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Turkish-Syrian border in February 2023. Several buildings around this old Armenian neighbourhood of Kayacık were damaged or collapsed, but Jazz ve Kahve is still standing, and Uçaner is motivated to preserve its legacy. 

"This is not just a place where people eat and drink," he said. "It is also a place where people from different cultures and countries meet, exchange information and get to know each other's cultures."

The story of Jazz Kahve goes back to 2017 when Uçaner, a historian, translator and novelist, became fascinated with the history of Armenians in Gaziantep. While noticing the construction of more and more high-rise buildings across the city, Kayacık's cobbled streets and Ottoman konak residences made him feel nostalgic for a past he wanted to revive. 

Uçaner researched archival footage of the area and stumbled on a photograph taken in 1907 whose caption mentioned it was an Armenian house. As Uçaner explained, not only is the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks that took place during World War One something that is generally denied in Turkey, but he never learned that Gaziantep was once home to a thriving Armenian, Kurdish and Arab population. "It made me question the accuracy of the history they teach us," Uçaner said. "I discovered that even though Armenians survived for thousands of years in these lands, there have been attempts to erase the memory of their presence here."

Ümit Kurt, a Middle East historian and the author of the book The Armenians of Aintab: The Economics of Genocide in an Ottoman Province, explained that approximately 32,000 Armenians lived in Gaziantep before WW1, but as the war intensified, most were deported to Syria and other nations to remove this non-Muslim ethnic group from Anatolia.

For nearly a century since the war's end, most of these families' homes were left abandoned and in ruins. But after Gaziantep was named Turkey's capital of gastronomy in 2015, many of these crumbling buildings were transformed into cafes and hotels in an effort to draw tourists while preserving the architectural heritage of the city. 

Inspired to take part in the city's collective urban renewal, Uçaner hatched a plan to combine his love of history and music. 

"For 10 years, he dreamt about opening a cafe, but he was worried he would have had to leave his job in translation," said Murad's sister, Mujgan Şahin, who helps him run the cafe. "One day I stumbled upon an abandoned Armenian building dating back to the 1890s. I encouraged Murad to rent it."

After a year-long restoration, Jazz ve Kahve's (which means "jazz and coffee") opened in 2018. Uçaner never had to leave his full-time job, and the cafe has become a hub for the city's intellectuals, who come to share knowledge about Gaziantep's shared Turkish, Armenian and Syrian history.

After knocking at the silver door, visitors walk by the building's 19th-Century frescoes and engravings in the Armenian alphabetas Uçaner explains the area's unique history. Sometimes, he even guides guests around the neighbourhood to see similar examples of Gaziantep's multi-ethnic past, such as the Papirus Cafe, which was once the house of a prominent Armenian politician. Guests are then treated to Turkish and Arabic music and can order Turkish teas or wines alongside traditional Syrian food that was once commonly eaten in Gaziantep under Ottoman rule, such as muhammara (walnuts and roasted red peppers) and mutabbal (aubergine dip). 

Ironically, the recent earthquakes that struck the region have made the cafe's role as a cultural meeting point even more symbolic. 

When Uçaner was jolted awake by the earthquake (whose epicentre was near Gaziantep) that February morning, he was scared to see if his cafe was still standing. Hours later, he saw that the minaret and dome of the city's famous Liberation Mosque (which was formerly an Armenian church) located just in front of his cafe were in ruins. 

"It was almost like a heartbreak," Uçaner said. The region's seismic capacity had destroyed much of its rich history, and he feared Gaziantep's culture and past may one day be forgotten. As such, Uçaner says he now feels his role as one of the custodians of Gaziantep's fading multicultural past is more important than ever.

Gaziantep's famous Liberation Mosque was formerly an Armenian church and was destroyed in the recent earthquake (Credit: Carola Cappellari)

"It is important to preserve the memory and transform it into a lesson for future generations to not hate your neighbour, because we were all one population once," Uçaner said. "These buildings speak for us, and they need to be protected and repurposed to be part of our present." 

Since the 1970s, Gaziantep has grown from a 120,000-person town of primarily ethnic Turks to a bustling two-million-person metropolis – and much of this growth is due to the Syrian civil war. Thanks in large part to its location along the southern border with Syria, Gaziantep has absorbed an estimated 500,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the nearby conflict. Despite the fact that Syrians once peacefully co-existed here with Turks and Armenians, the recent influx of Arabic-speaking residents has led to tensions. 

Yet, Uçaner hopes his secret jazz cafe can not only preserve the memory of a more cosmopolitan Gaziantep but serve as a bridge connecting its past with its present. In recent years, it has displayed photo exhibits documenting the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and hosted panels and lectures about the city's multicultural past.

In 2021, Uçaner and several customers – including a sociologist, an urbanist and a musician – also launched the project Memory of Anteb to highlight the architectural and cultural legacy of Armenians and Muslims who once lived in Gaziantep.

"The history of Gaziantep was written by official historians in line with the denial policy of the country. We wanted to rewrite that history in a more peaceful present," Uçaner said. 

Today, during lazy summer afternoons or cold winter nights, artists and musicians of all backgrounds come to drink a hot cup of tavsan kani çay (red "rabbit blood tea"), chat and get inspired by music from around the region. 

"It's here, playing with other musicians, that I learnt we play the same songs but with different lyrics, depending on our language," said Ezzat Dahman, a Syrian-Palestinian oud player who regularly performs Turkish and Syrian music at the cafe. "That shows just how similar our cultures are and how many things in common we have."

Dahman had the idea to launch his own music project at the cafe, called Music Against Racism, to bring Turks, Syrians and Kurds closer together. "The idea will be to play Syrian and Turkish traditional songs that have the same melody together, to foster mutual understanding."

Regular customers are also treated to Turkish folk music, which bears traces of Arab and Armenian melodies. "We like to discover new forms of music we had never been accustomed to, like jazz or classic," said customer Irem Deniz Adali, holding a glass of Suryani red wine, typical of south-eastern Turkey, as she tapped the wooden table to the rhythm of an old folk song. "But what's even more beautiful is how this place gives us a chance to revive the old, diverse, festive past of this region."

The earthquake may have temporarily stopped these gatherings, but they quickly returned in full force as the building didn't suffer any major structural damage. "If you're aware of a place's past, its community can move forward to build a more peaceful present," Uçaner smiled, before welcoming a few other guests at the door.

Armenpress: Approaches in Armenia-Diaspora relations radically changed: Sinanyan


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 28, ARMENPRESS.  Armenian High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan believes that many of the problems facing Armenia today have a legal component. Given that the Armenian Diaspora has a great  legal potential in almost all fields, using the potential of lawyers to address issues related to the Armenian agenda can yield significant results.

Sinanyan mentioned that the organization of the forum entitled "For Armenian Interests and the Rule of Law" in Yerevan, along with all the events organized by the commissioner's office, pursue one goal that is to involve the Armenian potential in the common domestic activities of Armenia.

"Our primary objective is to establish networks, in this case between lawyers and professionals whose work is connected to the field of law.

 In terms of collaboration, several key components are of great significance. First, the direction should be clarified through joint discussions with colleagues.

Secondly, the coordination of collaborative work, and thirdly, the proper utilization of work results are very important. Our work style involves applying the principle of cooperation to address all issues," said Sinanyan.

"In the past, Armenia-Diaspora relations were primarily focused on charity, involving the giving and receiving of material support, which proved to be destructive for all parties in the long term. However, over the last 3-4 years, there has been a significant shift in approach, focusing on the collaborative efforts to carry out vital ideas.

"When we speak of strength, we don't refer solely to financial resources. In this sense, the Diaspora has great potential, but the most important thing is to use the professional capabilities of our compatriots. This enables them to share the burden and responsibility equally in building our statehood because Armenia represents the aspirations of all Armenians," added Sinanyan.

''We all aspire for Armenia to become a country governed by the rule of law," concluded the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.

Tigran Avinyan elected Mayor of Yerevan


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 10, ARMENPRESS. Tigran Avinyan has been elected Mayor of Yerevan.

Avinyan, representing the ruling Civil Contract party, passed a confirmation vote unopposed on Tuesday during the new City Council’s first session.

37 city councilors participated in the voting. Avinyan received 32 votes in favor and 5 against.

Only 37 city councilors (24 from Civil Contract, 5 from Public Voice party and 8 from Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party) were in attendance at the session. The Public Voice and Hanrapetutyun did not nominate any candidate for mayor. 

The Mother Armenia bloc and National Progress party boycotted the session.

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Armenpress: 6104 children forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh continue their education in Armenia

 20:31, 4 October 2023

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 4, ARMENPRESS. 6104out of more than 21,000 school-age children forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh continue their education in various educational institutions of the Republic of Armenia. As Armenpress reports, Armenian Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Zhanna Andreasyan announced this at the press conference held at the "Humanitarian Center" on October 4.

According to the distribution, the picture is as follows. In Aragatsotn: 306, Ararat: 943, Armavir: 467, Gegharkunik: 294, Lori: 315, Kotayk: 1033, Shirak: 216, Syunik: 216, VayotsDzor: 108, Tavush: 158, in Yerevan: 2048 children are already in schools, informed the minister.

She assured that the number will increase in the coming days, and soon they will be able to ensure the continuity of education for all school-aged children in Armenia.

The minister reminded that the children are provided with stationery. Textbooks are also provided free of charge.