Artsakh’s parliament condemns the May 28 statement of the president of Azerbaijan

 18:29, 29 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 29, ARMENPRESS. The press service of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh responded to the May 28 statement of the President of Azerbaijan, stating that the National Assembly of Artsakh strongly condemns such attacks on the right to self-determination, sovereignty and security of the people of Artsakh, as well as the peace of the region and the threats of resumption of military operations.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh, the the statement reads as follows, "The May 28 statements of the President of Azerbaijan once again contained clear threats to the people and authorities of Artsakh, violating the well-known norms of international law and the international obligations undertaken by Azerbaijan.

This time, by demanding the dissolution of the democratically elected bodies of the Artsakh people, the President and the National Assembly, as well as the rest of the state institutions, the leader of Azerbaijan has once again proven that he is ready to continue the policy of ethnic cleansing of the people of Artsakh and the occupation of territories by using force and the threat of force. This is another proof that the people of Artsakh simply cannot live within Azerbaijan, due to the existential dangers arising from the xenophobic and anti-Armenian politics prevailing there.

The people of Artsakh have chosen the path of self-determination, sovereignty and statehood, the pillars of which are the President and the National Assembly. Therefore, we strongly condemn such attacks on the right to self-determination, sovereignty and security of the people of Artsakh, as well as the peace of the region and the threats of the resumption of military operations.

Addressing all actors of the international community, including the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia that have signed the trilateral declaration of November 9, 2020, as well as to all entities interested in peace and stability in the region, we expect their practical and active actions to eliminate the almost six-month-long blockade of Artsakh and other continuous encroachments, as well as to prevent Azerbaijan from new crimes against the people of Artsakh, including possible military aggression. The obligation of the international community is also to guarantee the security of the people of Artsakh, which does not pose any threat to international peace and simply seeks to live freely and with dignity in its native land, based on the fundamental norms of international law.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh, as the highest body elected by the people, regardless of repeated threats from Azerbaijan, will continue to implement its main mission of state-building and protection of our rights to live freely”.

First time ever, Armenia’s foreign direct investments stand at $1 billion


YEREVAN, MAY 30, ARMENPRESS. The volume of foreign direct investments made in Armenia in 2022 stands at nearly one billion dollars, Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan said in parliament during budget discussions on May 30.

“In terms of investments, according to interim data, last year we had 1 trillion 845 billion drams of gross accumulation, while the volume of foreign direct investments amounted to one billion dollars for the first time in the history of Armenia, about 5,13% of our GDP,” Kerobyan said.

The government had envisaged a 6% foreign direct investment-GDP ratio, while the investments-GDP indictor was planned to be 25%. Kerobyan said the latter stands at 21,7% according to interim data. The minister said the final data is expected to be much higher when the complete information is available. Recording a 25% investment-GDP ratio would mean that the government’s goal of transforming the consumer economy to an investments-based economy is being implemented.

Azerbaijanian leader says Baku may sign peace treaty with Yerevan soon

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This can happen if Yerevan does not change its position, the Azerbaijani leader said

BAKU, May 28. /TASS/. Azerbaijan and Armenia could sign a peace agreement in the near future, unless Yerevan goes back on its stance again, Azerbaijanian President Ilham Aliyev told residents of the Lachin Corridor on Sunday.

"I am confident that a peace treaty could be signed in the near future unless Armenia <…> changes its position again," the AZERTAC state-owned news agency quoted the Azerbaijanian leader as saying.

However, Aliyev said, even if no peace agreement is ever signed, "we will live in comfort and security," as he said Azerbaijan had strong positions both in negotiations and on the border.

Asbarez: Regional Security Discussed with Visiting NATO Representative

NATO's representative to the Caucasus Javier Colomina (left) meets with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on May 23

Issues related to security along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, as well as stability in the Caucasus region were the topics of discussion between Armenian leaders and Javier Colomina, NATO’s special representative to the Caucasus, who visited Yerevan on Tuesday.

While meeting with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan the recent developments in talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan were discussed.

Mirzoyan reportedly emphasized the imperative for Azerbaijan to stop its aggressive policy, “which would be an important factor for progress in the talks,” according to a press statement from the foreign ministry.

The Armenian foreign minister also highlighted the importance of “practical steps” by stakeholders interested in the region’s stability.

When Colomina met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan they “discussed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation, delimitation and ensuring border security and stability between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the situation around Nagorno Karabakh, particularly the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nagorno Karabakh resulting from the illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijan, the introduction of an international mechanism of dialogue between Baku and Stepanakert and other issues,” according to press statement.

Armenia, Azerbaijan to hold foreign ministerial talks in Moscow next week



 15:28, 10 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 10, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan will have a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on May 19 in Moscow, Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Ani Badalyan told ARMENPRESS.

“A foreign ministerial level meeting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is planned for May 19 in Moscow, hosted by the Russian side,” she said.

Film on Armenian Genocide wins awards in Turkey festival


YEREVAN, MAY 12, ARMENPRESS. Director Ara Mnatsakanyan’s The American Good Samaritans docudrama has won the Best Music and Best Producer categories at the International Anatolian Film Awards in Turkey.

The American Good Samaritans is produced by Manvel Saribekyan.

“This is a story about survivors, about extraordinary people thanks to whom remnants of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian peoples were saved from total destruction,” reads a description of the film.

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Armenia reports new border clashes with Azerbaijan forces

At least two Armenian forces have been wounded after Baku used drones in the direction of Sotk, according to Yerevan.

Renewed border clashes have erupted between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, according to Yerevan, a day after deadly fighting threatened to derail European Union-led weekend peace talks between the Caucasus arch-foes.

Baku and Yerevan are locked in a decades-long territorial dispute over Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated region of Nagorno-Karabakh, over which they have fought two wars.

On Friday morning, “Azerbaijani Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Sotk (eastern part of the state border) using UAVs”, the defence ministry in Yerevan said in a statement.

It said “two servicemen of the Armenian armed forces were wounded”, and one of them is in a critical condition.

Border clashes on Thursday left an Azerbaijani serviceman dead and four Armenian troops injured.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are scheduled to meet on Sunday in Brussels for talks led by European Council President Charles Michel.

The rival leaders had also agreed to jointly meet the leaders of France and Germany on the sidelines of a European summit in Moldova on June 1, according to the EU.

Pashinyan on Thursday accused Azerbaijan of looking to “undermine the talks” in Brussels.

He warned there was “very little” chance of signing a peace deal with Azerbaijan at the meeting.

A draft agreement “is still at a very preliminary stage and it is too early to speak of an eventual signature”, Pashinyan said.

The EU-led diplomacy comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers to Washington for negotiations in early May.

The West has stepped up mediation as the clout of Russia, historically the key powerbroker between the former Soviet republics, wanes due to its invasion of Ukraine.

Armenia, which has traditionally relied on Russia as its security guarantor, has grown increasingly frustrated with Moscow.

It has accused Russia of having failed to fulfil its peacekeeping role when Azerbaijani activists blocked Karabakh’s only land link to Armenia.

The two countries went to war in 2020 and in the 1990s over disputed territories, mainly Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the two wars over the region.

Next Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Brussels: experts do not expect a breakthrough

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Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Brussels

Brussels officially confirmed that on May 14 the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet through the mediation of the head of the European Council, Charles Michel. Although negotiations between Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev have not yet taken place, Western mediators have already announced the possibility of their continuation in Chisinau on June 1, and then, in October, in Granada with the participation of the French and German presidents.

Russia is also stepping up mediation efforts. Talks between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected in Moscow on May 19.

On the other hand, the Armenian authorities have recently been increasingly saying that “there is no progress on the key issues.”

Armenian political scientists also believe that it is not worth expecting resolution of differences between the parties in the near future. They consider “Azerbaijan’s maximalism” to be the main obstacle to progress in the negotiation process.

Pashinyan and Aliyev last met in February in Munich. The meeting was mediated by the US Secretary of State. The latest talks between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan took place on May 1-4 in Washington. As a result of four days of discussions, Ararat Mirzoyan and Jeyhun Bayramov did not sign a joint statement. However, in the United States, the talks were considered constructive and announced that the delegations participating in them had made significant progress in solving complex problems. Yerevan and Baku believe that “positions on key issues still diverge.”

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Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia, told journalists that the discussion that began in Washington will continue in Brussels.

“I think that all meetings, negotiations around the peace treaty are a continuation of each other, because it is known what issues will be discussed,” Grigoryan stated.

He said that during the Washington meeting it was not possible to agree on the most important issues:

“This is the fixation of 29,800 square kilometers of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, and the creation of the Stepanakert-Baku international mechanism, and the creation of international guarantees [of the implementation of the agreements reached]. Pay attention to the current situation: the elements of the November 9 [2020] tripartite declaration on the cessation of hostilities in Karabakh, signed with the mediation of Russia, cannot be achieved. For example, in the Lachin corridor, according to the trilateral statement, Azerbaijan should not be there, but it is there at the moment.”

As for the forthcoming Armenian-Azerbaijani talks in Brussels, Grigoryan believes that Armenia intends to “bring approaches as close as possible and move forward.”

The Prime Minister of Armenia also talked about disagreements with Azerbaijan. According to Pashinyan, the positions of the parties do not fundamentally coincide regarding ensuring the rights of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and creating an international mechanism that guarantees the fulfillment of the points of the peace treaty.

“Of course, there is some progress. If earlier there was 1 km between the positions of the parties, now it is 990 meters. This is progress, but the discrepancy is still huge.”

Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Brussels

Negotiations continue in the US between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, but what next?

Political scientist Tigran Grigoryan believes that there will be an attempt in Brussels to continue the discussion on key issues and bring the positions of the parties as close as possible, but he does not share the mediators’ optimism:

“There will be an attempt to have in the near future some kind of ready-made text [of a peace treaty] that can be signed. But there are some serious disagreements. I do not think that the parties will be able to come to any compromise or any acceptable agreement, especially on the creation of an international mechanism for direct negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.”

Grigoryan also considers it unlikely that “Baku will agree to withdraw its troops from the territories of Armenia occupied since May 2021.”

He notes that on this issue “the differences between the parties are deeper”, so it is difficult to imagine how a compromise can be reached.

Grigoryan recalls that the positions of Yerevan and Baku also differ greatly on the issue of maps that can be used to delimit the border.

“Armenia talks about the recognition of state administrative borders and refers to the maps of the last years of the existence of the USSR. Azerbaijan talks about the so-called “historical maps” and “implementation of delimitation on Azerbaijani terms.” Perhaps, as a result of the intervention of mediators, it will be possible to slightly soften Azerbaijan’s position, but I consider this unlikely, ”he said.

According to Grigoryan, during the meeting in Brussels, special attention will be paid to the topic of unblocking regional roads.

Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Brussels

Political scientist Areg Kochinyan believes that the biggest obstacle to progress in the negotiation process is “Azerbaijani maximalism”:

“Baku is intoxicated with victory in the war and is trying to get everything at once. Destructive behavior and maximalist expectations of Azerbaijan cause great damage when discussing unresolved issues. In particular, the issue of the status of Artsakh and guarantees of security and rights of Artsakh Armenians. Moreover, unlike the issue of status, on the issue of guarantees of ensuring rights in the international community there is a certain understanding of what it should be and it is important that it be.”

According to Kochinyan, the problems lie in the details – what this mechanism should be:

“Will this mechanism be a contingent with a certain right to protect people, some kind of observation mission or some kind of technical and legal complex? So far, there is no concrete answer as to what the international mechanism that should ensure the security and rights of Artsakh Armenians will be.”

Leaders Of Armenia, Azerbaijan to Meet May 14 in Brussels

May 9 2023

Reuters: The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan are to meet next week in Brussels, the European Union said Monday, the latest attempt to secure a durable peace accord and resolve long-standing differences over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The meeting on May 14 between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev follows talks between their two foreign ministers that prompted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to suggest a breakthrough was possible.

An announcement on the EU Council's website said a three-corner meeting with Council President Charles Michel would take place at EU headquarters.

Armenia and Azerbaijan, both former Soviet states, have fought two wars over 30 years focusing on Nagorno-Karabakh, recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated mainly by Armenians.

In a six-week conflict in 2020, ended by a Russian-brokered truce, Azerbaijan recovered territory lost in the first war dating from the collapse of Soviet rule. Border skirmishes erupt periodically between the two sides.

Pashinyan and Aliyev have held several rounds of talks, generally organized by the EU or Russia, but have failed to resolve outstanding difficulties, including border demarcation and access to areas across each other's territory.

The latest EU announcement said the two leaders would also meet on June 1 in Moldova during an EU-sponsored development meeting to be attended by President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany.

"The leaders have also agreed to continue to meet trilaterally in Brussels as frequently as necessary to address ongoing developments on the ground and standing agenda items of the Brussels meetings," the EU statement said.

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Lawmaker hopes Speaker’s Ankara visit for PABSEC will contribute to normalization with Turkey




YEREVAN, MAY 10, ARMENPRESS. The installation of the Nemesis monument in Yerevan was discussed between Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan and his Turkish counterpart in Ankara where Simonyan was on a visit for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) meeting, MP Babken Tunyan said on May 10.

Tunyan, a member of the Armenian delegation to PABSEC, said at a press conference that numerous other issues were discussed.

Another Armenian delegate to PABSEC, Gevorg Papoyan, stressed that BSEC is an economic organization but because of conflicts between member states the participants are mostly discussing political affairs.

Speaker of Parliament Alen Simonyan also participated in the session.

Tunyan highlighted that Simonyan’s visit to Turkey is a significant event. “And we hope that it will contribute to the normalization of relations with Turkey despite all the difficult problems and challenges facing us,” he said.

Asked by reporters whether or not the Nemesis monument issue was discussed at the meeting, Tunyan said: “The issue relating to the Nemesis monument became subject to discussion during the meeting between Speaker of Parliament Alen Simonyan and his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Şentop, where we also participated. The Turkish side said that they don’t understand how that monument was opened on the backdrop of the efforts for normalization of relations. Mr. Simonyan answered by saying that if there is the will for normalization of relations, we don’t believe that such events could become an obstacle for normalization because there’ve been, are, and will perhaps be far more significant obstacles,” Tunyan said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Turkey would take action if the monument isn’t removed. But Tunyan said that the Turkish side did not communicate such approach to them in Turkey. During the session Tunyan was elected Deputy President of PABSEC.

Nemesis was unveiled in Yerevan on April 25 to honor the participants of Operation Nemesis, a 1920s program of assassinations of Ottoman perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide.

In response, Turkey closed its airspace to Armenian flights heading to a third destination and threatened to take further actions if it isn’t removed.

On May 9, Yerevan city authorities announced that they have no intention of removing the monument.