Today is the international day of biodiversity

Aysor, Armenia
May 22 2010

Today is the international day of biodiversity

Today is the international day of biodiversity. The UNO has announced
the 2010 an internatinal year of biodiversity.

The head of the of stable management of biodiversity project of German
technical collaboration company Thomas Eberharn informed today that in
the frameworks of the project the RA Nature Protection Ministry
together with the education and science ministry has initiated a
project of ecological education and information.

He mentioned that on the sidelines of that project will be implemented
a campaign on exploring biodiversity of the brooks and rivers of
Armenia.

`The rivers are living ecosystems which flaw through the regions of
Armenia like the veins through our body,’ Tomas Ebhern stressed and
added that the target groups of the project are the children from 9 to
14 years old.

According to him this year, in May and April, around 120 teachers from
different regions of Armenia have taken part in the lectures on the
rivers and brooks’ biodiversity and ecology.

BAKU: Turkish MP: Turkey and Armenia resort to ‘silent diplomacy’

Trend, Azerbaijan
May 21 2010

Turkish MP: Turkey and Armenia resort to ‘silent diplomacy’

Turkey and Armenia have decided to remain silence for some time and to
study the issues on the negotiation table to normalize Yerevan- Ankara
relations, Turkey-United States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group
head Suat Kiniklioglu said at the Institute for the Study of the
Middle East in Washington, the Zaman newspaper reported.

"There are new proposals on the negotiation table, but I cannot speak
about details. Let me just say these are good suggestions and
Armenians must decide on their adoption," Kiniklioglu said.

Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward
Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocols in Zurich Oct. 10.

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey have been broken due
to Armenia’s claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of
Azerbaijani lands. The border between them has been broken since 1993.

Kiniklioglu drew attention to the fact that Armenia has occupied the
land of a Council of Europe member – Azerbaijan. He added that the
issue of normalizing Turkish-Armenian ties hinges on the resolution of
the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"It’s useless and unrealistic to expect addressing problems between us
[Turkey and Armenia] via foreign forces," Kiniklioglu said.

In turn, Nalbandian denied Kiniklioglu ‘s allegations, saying rumors
of any new document are false, Armenia Today reported.

European Parliament Urges EU Engagement in Karabakh

AGBU Europe
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1050 Brussels, Belgium
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26 May 2010

European Parliament Urges EU Engagement in Karabakh

On Thursday 20 May 2010, the European Parliament renewed its
commitment to greater engagement by the European Union in the South
Caucasus as it adopted a new resolution on EU policy in the region
[1]. This is the first resolution dedicated to the South Caucasus
countries since the launch, in 2009, of the EU’s landmark Eastern
Partnership policy [2].

AGBU Europe welcomes the Parliament’s interest in the region. As most
observers consider that renewed war over the small territory of
Nagorno-Karabakh is becoming increasingly likely, the resolution’s
recommendations on the subject are likely to be widely discussed.

AGBU Europe welcomes MEPs’ support for the OSCE’s Minsk Group
mediating between the parties and their call for greater direct EU
engagement in the peace process. The Parliament calls for dialogue
between the parties and for the implementation of confidence-building
measures with EU support. Crucially, in that regard, the EP also
invites “all parties to fully engage in the multilateral cooperation
of the Eastern Partnership without linking it to the final solution of
the conflicts”, a reference to Azerbaijan’s systematic boycott of
Armenia and Karabakh, which it seeks to impose even within
EU-sponsored multilateral fora.

The Parliament also supports direct EU engagement with Karabakh,
including “aid and information dissemination” to the population. The
EU has so far avoided engaging with Karabakh society, due to
Azerbaijan’s opposition and has no contact with the territory (see
background below).

According to the Parliament, the EU should furthermore help develop
“the necessary security guarantees in a period of transition” for the
success of peace negotiations over Karabakh. The Parliament also calls
for both sides to create conditions favourable to the return of
refugees and IDPs and to recognize their rights, including their
property rights [3].

AGBU Europe particularly welcomes Parliament’s call for greater EU
involvement in promoting regional cooperation and conflict resolution
in the region. Following the vote, Nicolas Tavitian said, “the
Parliament supports policies to reduce tensions and contribute to
security on all sides in the South Caucasus. This is very important
for Karabakh and it is the only road to peace. We hope the EU’s
executive branches, the Commission and Council, will follow that call
and take action.”

It is curious however that Parliament should have asked that “the
position according to which Nagorno-Karabakh includes all occupied
Azerbaijani lands surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh should rapidly be
abandoned”. AGBU underlines that the government of Karabakh holds no
such position, nor does Armenia. These territories came under the
control of Karabakh troops following the war and are among the key
elements under negotiation within the Minsk Group.

European Parliament resolutions are non-binding recommendations. The
EU’s Council of Ministers and Commission ultimately determine and
execute foreign policy. Nevertheless, as the only democratic forum to
debate EU policy, Parliament debates are important and influential in
EU policy formulation.

1. Link to resolution:

10-0193+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN

2. The Parliament is strongly supportive of the opportunities which
the Eastern Partnership offers to deepen the relationship between the
EU and the three South Caucasus countries, notably through Association
Agreements to be negotiated in the near future. The Parliament also
urges on the EU in its efforts to contribute to the rule of law,
effective democratisation, good governance and conflict resolution in
the region.

3. A great many Armenians had to leave Azerbaijan following pogroms
and violence from 1988 onwards, and Azeris left territories
surrounding Karabakh after the retreat of the Azerbaijani army in 1993
and early 1994.

AGBU Europe coordinates and develops the Pan-European activities of
the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) including the promotion
of important initiatives in areas as diverse as academic research,
conservation and promotion of heritage, culture, education and
Armenian language teaching and European policies, training of
association leaders and children and youth activities. Established in
1906, AGBU (
<> ) is the
world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization and is headquartered
in New York City.

Background

AGBU Europe is campaigning to press the European Union to provide
humanitarian and development assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh, and to
establish confidence building measures between Karabakh and
Azerbaijan. AGBU Europe also calls for the EU to allow its officials
to travel to Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been effectively independent since it won the war
against Azerbaijan in 1994 but there is a real risk that the war will
resume. Isolated from the world by geography and politics, the small
Republic can count on no one’s help except Armenia’s.

Karabakh is reserved special treatment by the international community.
There are other non-recognized states in the region: Transdniestria,
Abkhazia or South Ossetia. These all benefit from some form of
international peacekeeping; they are involved in some form of
internationally funded projects, particularly confidence-building
projects to help reduce tensions; and their residents enjoy contacts
with other countries. Not so Karabakh.

The European Union is not involved in policing the cease-fire, they
fund no development or humanitarian project there, and have not
sponsored contacts between the inhabitants of Karabakh and of
Azerbaijan. Far from condemning Azerbaijan’s policy of boycott of
Armenia and Karabakh, the European Union has largely followed Baku’s
wishes. In fact, Karabakh is the only part of the region, which the EU
Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, has not
visited. The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus,
P. Semneby, has called the territory a “White Spot” on the map of
Europe.

AGBU Europe’s position is available at:

UGAB EUROPE

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

26 Mai 2010

Le Parlement europ√©en presse l’Union europ√©enne √† s’engager au
Karabagh

Le Jeudi 20 mai 2010, le Parlement européen a renouvelé son engagement
envers une implication plus importante de l’Union europ√©enne dans le
Sud Caucase en adoptant une nouvelle résolution sur la politique de
l’UE dans la r√©gion[1] <> . C’est la premi√®re r√©solution qui concerne
les pays du Sud Caucase depuis le lancement du Partenariat Oriental en
mai 2009[2] <> .

L’UGAB Europe se f√©licite de l’int√©r√™t du Parlement dans la
région. Les recommandations de la résolution sur la question seront
tr√®s probablement largement d√©battues dans la mesure o√Ļ une reprise de
la guerre dans ce petit territoire du Karabagh est de plus en plus
vraisemblable, selon l’avis de la plupart des observateurs.

L’UGAB Europe se r√©jouit du soutien accord√© par les d√©put√©s europ√©ens
à la médiation entre les parties du Groupe de Minsk et de leur appel
pour un engagement direct plus important de l’UE dans le processus de
paix. Le PE appelle au dialogue entre les parties et à la mise en
Cuvre, avec le soutien de l’UE, de mesures visant √† √©tablir la
confiance entre elles. Il est fondamental de noter qu’√† cet √©gard, le
PE invite √©galement ¬ę toutes les parties √† s’engager pleinement dans
la coopération que prévoit la cadre multilatéral du Partenariat
oriental, et ceci indépendamment de la solution finale du conflit
¬Ľ. Une r√©f√©rence au boycottage syst√©matique de l’Azerba√Įdjan vis-√†-vis
de l’Arm√©nie et du Karabagh, qu’il cherche √† imposer m√™me dans le
cadre de forums multilat√©raux sponsoris√©s par l’UE.

Le PE soutient √©galement l’engagement direct de l’UE au Karabagh √†
travers ¬ę l’assistance et la diffusion de l’information ¬Ľ √† la
population. L’UE a jusque-l√† √©vit√© un engagement en faveur de la
soci√©t√© du Karabagh en raison de l’opposition de l’Azerba√Įdjan ; l’UE
n’a pas de contact avec le territoire (voir plus bas).

Selon le PE, l’UE devrait aider davantage au d√©veloppement ¬ę des
garanties de s√©curit√© n√©cessaires dans une p√©riode de transition ¬Ľ en
vue de la réussite des négociations de paix autour du Karabagh. Le PE
exige également des deux parties de créer des conditions favorables au
retour des r√©fugies et des personnes d√©plac√©es et de reconna√ģtre leurs
droits, y compris leur droits de propriété[3] <> .

L’UGAB Europe se r√©jouit particuli√®rement de l’appel du Parlement pour
un engagement plus important dans la promotion de la coopération et la
résolution des conflits dans la région. Suite au vote, Nicolas
Tavitian a d√©clar√© : ¬ę Le Parlement soutient les mesures concr√®tes qui
réduisent les tensions et qui contribuent à la sécurité partout au Sud
Caucase. Ceci est très important pour le Karabagh et constitue le
seul chemin vers la paix. Nous espérons que les branches exécutives
de l’UE, la Commission et le Conseil, vont suivre cet appel et agir ¬Ľ.

Il est curieux cependant de noter que le Parlement ait demand√© que ¬ę
la position du Karabagh selon laquelle celui-ci inclue tous les
territoires azéris occupés autour du Karabagh soit rapidement
abandonn√©s par celui-ci¬Ľ. L’UGAB souligne que ni le gouvernement du
Karabagh, ni l’Arm√©nie ne soutiennent cette position. Ces territoires
sont tomb√©s sous le contr√īle des troupes du Karabagh suite √† la guerre
et comptent parmi les élément-clés des négociations qui se déroulent
sous l’√©gide du Groupe de Minsk.

Les résolutions du PE sont des recommandations non contraignantes. La
d√©cision et l’ex√©cution de la politique √©trang√®re revient en dernier
ressort au Conseil des Ministres et √† la Commission de l’UE.

Toutefois, étant le seul forum démocratique qui discute de la
politique de l’UE, les d√©bats du Parlement sont importants et
influents dans la formation de la politique de l’UE.

[1] <> Lien à la résolution :

<> &language=EN

[2] <> Le PE soutient fermement les opportunités que le Partenariat
Oriental offre en vue de l’approfondissement des relations entre l’UE
et les trois pays du Sud Caucase, notamment par le biais de Contrats
d’Association qui seront n√©goci√©s dans l’avenir proche. Le PE pousse
√©galement l’UE √† contribuer par ses efforts √† l’√©tat de droit, √† la
démocratisation effective, à la bonne gouvernance et à la résolution
des conflits dans la région.

[3] <> Beaucoup d’Arm√©niens ont d√Ľ abandonner l’Azerba√Įdjan √† la suite
des pogroms et de la violence de 1988 et depuis, et les Azéris ont
quitt√© les territoires autour du Karabagh apr√®s le retrait de l’arm√©e
azérie en 1993, début 1994.

L’UGAB Europe coordonne et d√©veloppe les activit√©s pan-europ√©ennes de
l’Union G√©n√©rale Arm√©nienne de Bienfaisance (UGAB), dont d’importantes
initiatives dans des domaines aussi divers que la recherche
universitaire, la conservation et la valorisation du patrimoine, la
culture, l’√©ducation, l’enseignement de la langue, les politiques
européennes, la formation de cadres associatifs, les enfants et la
jeunesse. Cr√©√©e en 1906, l’UGAB ( <> )
est la plus importante organisation arménienne à but non lucratif. Son
siège social est basé à New York.

L’Union europeenne et le Nagorno-Karabagh

L’UGAB Europe m√®ne une campagne pour encourager l’UE √† fournir de
l’aide humanitaire et de l’aide au d√©veloppement au Karabagh et pour
établir les mesures de confiance entre le Karabagh et
l’Azerba√Įdjan. L’UGAB Europe appelle √©galement l’UE √† autoriser ses
responsables à se rendre au Karabagh.

Le Karabagh est en effet ind√©pendant depuis qu’il a gagn√© la guerre
contre l’Azerba√Įdjan en 1994. Mais il y a un vrai risque que la guerre
reprenne. Isolée géographiquement et politiquement du reste du monde,
la petite r√©publique ne pourra compter que sur l’aide de l’Arm√©nie.

Le Karabagh reçoit un traitement particulier de la part de la
communaut√© internationale. Il y a d’autres Etats non reconnus dans la
r√©gion : la Transnistrie, l’Abkhazie ou l’Oss√©tie du Sud. Ceux-ci
b√©n√©ficient tous d’une certaine forme d’op√©rations internationales de
maintien de la paix ; ils sont impliqués dans une certaine forme de
projets financés par la communauté internationale, en particulier des
projets de nature à établir la confiance et réduire ainsi les tensions
; et leurs habitants ont des liens avec d’autres pays. Ce n’est pas le
cas du Karabagh.

L’UE n’est pas impliqu√©e dans le contr√īle du cessez-le-feu, ne finance
aucun projet humanitaire ou de d√©veloppement au Karabagh et n’a pas
sponsorisé des contacts entre les habitants du Karabagh et de
l’Azerba√Įdjan. Loin de condamner la politique de boycottage que
l’Azerba√Įdjan pratique vis-√†-vis de l’Arm√©nie et du Karabagh, l’UE a
largement suivi ainsi le veCu de Bakou. En fait, le Karabagh est le
seul endroit dans la région que Peter Semneby, le Représentant spécial
de l’UE pour le Sud Caucase n’a pas visit√© encore.

Le Repr√©sentant sp√©cial de l’UE pour le Sud Caucase a d√©sign√© le
territoire comme le ¬ę Point blanc ¬Ľ sur la carte de l’Europe.

Pour acc√©der √† la position de l’UGAB Europe, consulter

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-20
http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=399321&msgid=211834&act=UFZ1&c=605494&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.agbu.org%2F
http://en.agbueurope.org/files/2009/11/agbu-position-paper-on-nk-and-eu.pdf
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-2010-0193+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-2010-0193+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN
http://www.agbu.org/
http://en.agbueurope.org/files/2009/11/agbu-position-paper-on-nk-and-eu.pdf
www.agbu.org
www.agbu.org

BAKU: No International Organization Recognizes So-Called "Elections"

NO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZES SO-CALLED "ELECTIONS" IN KARABAKH, MP

news.az
May 21 2010
Azerbaijan

Rabiyyat Aslanova The chairman of the MM parliamentary committee will
speak with an initiative to adopt a law on the status of the occupied
lands of Azerbaijan.

‘In the nearest future I will propose an initiative about preparation
of the law on the status of the occupied lands of Azerbaijan because
time should not be wasted in this issue’, said Rabiyyat Aslanova,
chairman of the Milli Majlis Committee on Human Rights.

He said an immediate adoption of such a law to avert illegal actions
of the separatist regime in Karabakh.

‘We should demonstrate a definite position in this issue and define
the status of the occupied lands of the country by means of this law’,
said Aslanova. She said unless a part of the Azerbaijani lands are
under occupation, no separatist regime has a right to hold elections
or create any organizations.

As for the proposed ‘elections’ of the separatist regime, the chairman
of the parliamentary committee noted that no international organization
or European country recognize them.

Aslanova added that within the framework of the OSCE event held
recently in Almaty the Armenian delegation invited the representatives
of different countries for these ‘elections’.

‘But we have appealed to the event participants with the issue of
whether it is correct for a jural state, respecting the supremacy of
laws to become a participant of such illegal actions of the separatist
regime’, the deputy noted.

Meetings Of GRECO Delegation With The Factions Of The National Assem

MEETINGS OF GRECO DELEGATION WITH THE FACTIONS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

National Assembly
parliament.am
May 20 2010
Armenia

On May 19 the members of the Council of Europe Group of States against
Corruption, GRECO, delegation Sophie Meudal-Leenders, Tania Van Dijk
and Adrian Moraru met with the representatives of the factions of
the National Assembly.

The first meeting was with the members of the RPA faction Gagik
Minasyan and Hovhannes Sahakyan.

Sophie Meudal-Leenders said that as a result of three-day meetings,
the delegation would prepare a report, which it would submit to the
Armenian authorities and would be approved at GRECO plenary session.

At the guests’ request the members of the RPA faction presented the
control mechanisms of the financial flows of their party and the
legislative solutions providing them.

Mr. Minasyan emphasized the transparency of the financial flows
especially in the political sphere, as the political parties also
control the financial transparency in other spheres.

Mr. Sahakyan said that besides the territorial sub-units the party
also has structures, where in women, youth and sport and has no status
of legal person are involved, all events are financed from the common
treasury box of the party.

The members of GRECO delegation also met with the secretary of the
PAP faction Aram Safaryan and deputy Vahe Enfiajyan.

The Secretary of the PAP faction Aram Safaryan presented in detail the
structure and activities of the Prosperous Armenia Party, noting that
they permanently retained the provisions of RA acting laws concerning
the parties and their financial flows. The Editorial Council of the
PAP Political Board, which consists of nine persons, will work out
relevant standards till September, and they will be debated.

The Head of the Country of Law faction Heghine Bisharyan, Secretary
Artsruni Aghajanyan, members Hovhannes Margaryan and Gagik
Baghadasaryan also met with the members of GRECO delegation.

The Head of the Country of Law faction Heghine Bisharyan presented the
structure of the party, the financial sources of the regional party
offices, the procedure of presenting the financial reports. The Head
of the faction highlighted the full presentation of the parliamentary
happenings through mass media in order the citizens would have
opportunity to get acquainted with the parliamentary work, and
according to that, would get oriented in the upcoming elections.

The Secretary of the NA ARF faction Artyush Shabazyan and Ara Nranyan
met with the members of GRECO delegation.

Presenting the passed path of the party the Secretary of the ARF
faction Artyush Shabazyan noted that the financial means of the party
come up from membership fees and donations.

According to the deputies, the control structure of corruption
in Armenia is not sufficient, and the legislation of the sphere
needs reforms, especially the Electoral Code, as the corruption of
the parties especially becomes more in electoral processes. In this
context Artyush Shabazyan and Ara Nranyan emphasized the affirmation
of the public control mechanism in the Electoral Code.

The Head of the NA Heritage faction Styopa Safaryan, Secretary Larisa
Alaverdyan and the Director of the Central Office of the Party Gevorg
Kanachyan also met with the members of GRECO delegation.

Presenting to the guests the history of the foundation of the young
party the head of the faction Styopa Safaryan touched upon the sources
of the financial means of the party. He said that the financial means
of the party, which are very modest and are formed from the membership
fees and from the donations of the representatives of small business.

The Secretary Larisa Alaverdyan was convinced that it was necessary
to find a mechanism, which would provide the transparency and
accessibility of the expenditures of the party to the public.

Samvel Nikoyan Does Not Take The Report Seriously

SAMVEL NIKOYAN DOES NOT TAKE THE REPORT SERIOUSLY
Diana Markosyan

/samvel-nikoyan
May 19, 2010

A1+ interviewed Samvel Nikoyan, deputy speaker of the Armenian
parliament and chairman of the parliamentary commission looking into
the events of March 1, 2008.

In their report Andranik Kocahryan and Seda Safaryan, members of the RA
disbanded fact-finding group investigating the events of March 1, 2008,
say the authorities involved armed forces in the post-election unrest
which is a rough breach of the country’s Constitution. The group’s
members say they sent you facts but you failed to pay attention to
them, moreover, you "deliberately ignored the facts."

What is your opinion on this?

I see no need and desire to comment on their accusation as I do not
take it seriously. Such accusations can frequently be heard.

Aren’t you, as a NA deputy speaker, concerned over the fact that army
was involved in inner-political issues?

I heard about it for the first time. Do you mean to say that army
was involved in the events? Where did you learn about it?

The information was provided by the fact-finding group in its report.

The members say they have video evidence proving that heavy military
was ordered into the capital during the deadly clashes.

It is not surprising. One day they can say that people from Mars were
at Liberty Square on March 1. As I have said, they can make reports
every six months "revealing" new facts on the occurrences. What’s
the use of commenting them?

The report accuses you of idleness that is why I asked you to comment
on it.

The report was a result of political activity. They are oppositionists
and are free to write whatever they want. Similarly, you are free in
your actions. I find it useless to comment on the report.

But does it mean that you want to conceal the army’s involvement in
the events?

I already said what I wanted to say. Tomorrow someone else may turn
up and make a report instead of Andranik Kocahryan and Seda Safaryan.

Am I supposed to study their findings and comment on them every time
a report is presented? I just want to say that the parliamentary
interim commission stopped its activity on September 15

http://a1plus.am/en/politics/2010/05/19

Turkish PM Slams Suspension Of Protocols Ratification By Armenia

TURKISH PM SLAMS SUSPENSION OF PROTOCOLS RATIFICATION BY ARMENIA

Interfax
May 18 2010
Russia

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Yerevan’s
decision to suspend the ratification of the protocols normalizing
relations between Turkey and Armenia, which were signed in Zurich on
October 10, 2009.

"The signed protocols have been left hanging in the air because of
Armenia. As you know, we in Turkey have already forwarded them to
parliament," Erdogan said at a news conference after a meeting with
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on Monday.

"We have a very open position regarding the normalization process
protocols submitted to parliament. We have said that it is impossible
to expect the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to make a positive
decision on the issue until the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and the
Azeri-Armenian problem are resolved," the Turkish PM said.

"Our position on this matter is very open. We have already informed all
three states co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group of it. In this situation,
they [the OSCE Minsk Group chair countries] will be required to pay
greater attention to this issue and to explain its importance to
Armenia," he said.

Turkey and the states co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group have already
discussed the Madrid principles for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process,
Erdogan said.

"But, to our regret, we have not seen any reaction from Armenia.

Four months have already passed since [the January 25 meeting of the
Russian, Azeri and Armenian presidents in] Sochi, but no positive
development has been observed in this process," he said.

Babayan Confirme Sa Visite De Nature " Privee " En Iran

BABAYAN CONFIRME SA VISITE DE NATURE " PRIVEE " EN IRAN
Marion

armenews
19 mai 2010
Armenie

Samvel Babayan, ancien dirigeant militaire du Haut-Karabagh, a
confirme lundi une visite recente en Iran, mais a insiste sur le
fait que ce n’est pas un signe de sa participation active a la vie
politique armenienne.

Une serie de reportages recents dans les journaux armeniens ont
declare que l’ancien president Robert Kocharian utilise Babayan dans
ses efforts presumes pour revenir au pouvoir.

Ils ont affirme que le general a la retraite obtiendrait le poste
de ministre de la Defense dans un nouveau gouvernement prevu par
Kotcharian. Babayan a ete accuse d’avoir visite Teheran recemment
afin d’obtenir le soutien iranien en vue de ce scenario.

Dans une declaration ecrite, les attaches de communication de Babayan
ont rejete ces allegations. " Nous voulons une fois de plus souligner
que si Samvel Babayan decide de s’engager en politique, il le fera
publiquement, independamment d’autres strategies ou relations, ont-il
declare. Quant a devenir ministre de la Defense, Babayan n’a jamais
aspire et n’aspire a aucune position au gouvernement. "

La declaration a egalement denonce " l’avalanche de mauvaises langues
" suscitee par son voyage en Iran. " Samvel Babayan s’est rendu en
Republique islamique d’Iran recemment, mais cette visite etait de
nature privee, plutôt que politique. "

Kotcharian a egalement parle d’une visite prive en Iran en janvier
dernier, suscitant de nouvelles speculations dans les medias au
sujet de son retour en politique imminent. Tous deux originaires du
Haut-Karabaggh, les deux hommes entretiennent une relation etroite.

Earthquake, Landslide, Anthropogenic Calamity Risks High In Armenia

EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, ANTHROPOGENIC CALAMITY RISKS HIGH IN ARMENIA

PanARMENIAN.Net
May 18, 2010 – 12:55 AMT 07:55 GMT

"Assessment of national risks in Armenia" 2-day seminar kicked off
in Yerevan on May 18, with opening remarks of Dafina Gercheva, UN
Resident Coordinator in Armenia.

Representatives of Armenian ministries, international and local
organizations are participating.

With the earthquake, landslide and anthropogenic calamity risks
being high in Armenia, the local ministries and organizations are
specifically concerned over the risk of landslides, which have recently
blocked the republic’s several main roads.

"Armenia has much to learn from other countries to reduce calamity
risks," UNDP representative Armen Chilingaryan said.

Armenian President Receives Chairman Of The Belarusian NAS

ARMENIAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES CHAIRMAN OF THE BELARUSIAN NAS

ARMENPRESS
MAY 18, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, MAY 18, ARMENPRESS: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
received today Chairman of the Belarus National Academy of Sciences
Mikhail Myasnikovich.

Presidential press office told Armenpress that May 17 a cooperation
agreement has been signed between Armenian and Belarusian academies.

Welcoming the guest, Serzh Sargsyan said that the Armenian-Belarusian
scientific ties have serious history. "We all remember the successful
cooperation between the academies of the two countries during the
Soviet years as well. After the collapse of the USSR, unfortunately
these ties interrupted, but I hope that we are registering new start
of the cooperation," the leader of the country said.

Chairman of the Belarus National Academy of Sciences noted that there
is a warm attitude toward Armenia and Armenian people in his country.

"Our two peoples have also similarities – we create everything by our
own intellect, own strength and thanks to hard work," the Belarusian
scientist said.

The parties exchanged thoughts over the prospects of development of
science in the two countries. The heads of the Armenian and Belarusian
academies noted that the signed document creates new opportunities
for the scientific circles of the two countries.