Armenian PM To Attend Erdogan’s Inauguration: Armenian Govt

June 2 2023

Armenia's prime minister will attend the inauguration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, his office said, the latest sign of a thaw between the two arch foes.

"Armenia received an invitation to attend the ceremony of inauguration of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," the statement said.

"Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will travel to Ankara on June 3 to take part in the ceremony."

Armenia and Turkey have never established formal diplomatic relations and their shared border has been closed since the 1990s.

Their relationship is strained by World War I-era mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, atrocities Yerevan says amount to genocide.

But in December 2021, the two countries appointed special envoys to help normalise relations — a year after Armenia lost to Turkey's ally Azerbaijan in a war for control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan used the help of Turkish combat drones to recapture most of the contested territory that had been under ethnic Armenian control since the 1990s.

Last year, Turkey and Armenia resumed their first commercial flights in two years.

In 2009, Ankara and Yerevan signed an agreement to normalise relations, which would have led to the opening up of their shared border.

But Armenia never ratified the deal and in 2018 ditched the process.


President meets Armenian community in Qatar, business opportunities involving Diaspora discussed




YEREVAN, MAY 26, ARMENPRESS. President of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Khachatryan has met with representatives of the Armenian community in Qatar. 

During the meeting at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the State of Qatar, the President presented details about the realities in Armenia and the region, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as well as internal and external challenges facing Armenia, the president's office said in a readout. 

The President answered the questions of the representatives of the Armenian community, emphasized the need to strengthen the ties between Armenia and the Diaspora, addressed the possibility of Diaspora Armenians to engage in business and economic activities in Armenia and other issues.

Armenian ombudswoman comments on arrest of fallen soldier’s mother

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Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Anahit Manasyan is following the situation surrounding the arrest of fallen soldier Zhora Martirosyan's mother, Gayane Hakobyan, and believes that detention as a measure of restraint should be imposed only in exceptional cases.

The Shengavit District Court of General Jurisdiction in Yerevan on Saturday approved the woman’s pre-trial detention for one month after she was charged with attempting to “kidnap” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s son, Ashot Pashinyan, sparking anti-government protests in the Armenian capital.

Referring to the statement issued by her office following Hakobyan’s arrest, the ombudsperson said it urged officials not to violate the presumption of innocence and asked law-enforcement authorities to issue a clear statement on the high-profile case.

She said the ombudsperson’s office visited the woman immediately after her arrest and detected some problems with her detention conditions in the Abovyan Penitentiary, which were resolved promptly.

"I can't address the issue of arrest in detail because the law forbids the ombudsperson to interfere in court cases," Manasyan said.

Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan’s son tried to be kidnapped

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According to the information that Armenia’s official news agency Armenpress received from the Armenian Investigation Committee, a woman who introduced herself as the mother of one of the soldiers who died in the Second Karabakh War, invited Ashot Pashinyan to her car under the pretext of speaking and after Pashinyan got into the car, she followed the traffic rules. began to drive in violation.

Ashot Pashinyan, who claimed that the woman told him that her son was taken to the war without being asked and killed in the Second Karabakh War while driving the car, claimed that the woman said that she could kill herself by taking her to the Yerablur Military Memorial Cemetery because she had nothing to lose.

Pashinyan stated that he jumped out of the car as soon as he slowed down.

It was announced that another vehicle hit Ashot Paşiyan, who was waiting by the roadside with minor injuries, and that the people in the vehicle were the parents of the soldiers who died in the Second Karabakh War.

It has been reported that the woman who attempted to kidnap Ashot Pashinyan was taken into custody.

Armenia says soldier died after Azeri shelling attack -Interfax


EU continues engagement towards lasting peace and security in the South Caucasus – Josep Borrell




YEREVAN, MAY 16, ARMENPRESS. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell has met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov in Brussels.

In a tweet, Borrell said he welcomed the resumption of the trilateral meetings between Armenia and Azerbaijan hosted by President of the European Council Charles Michel.

“Good exchange with FM Jeyhun Bayramov. Welcomed resumption of trilateral meetings hosted by President of the European Council, discussed its outcomes & way forward and exchanged views on EU-Azerbaijan relations. The EU continues engagement towards lasting peace and security in the South Caucasus,” Borrell tweeted.

IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships: Armenia’s Manasyan defeats Spain’s Reyes, enters heavyweight semi-finals



 16:25, 10 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 10, ARMENPRESS. Armenia’s Narek Manasyan has made it to the heavyweight semi-finals at the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Tashkent after defeating Spain’s Enmanuel Reyes in the quarter-finals.

Ringside judges awarded a 4:0 WP to the Armenian heavyweight boxer after the bout.

Manasyan has thus secured at least bronze in the championships.

Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov has also entered the semi-finals in the light welterweight division.

The Armenian team’s Cruiserweight Rafayel Hovhannisyan is set for his quarter-final bout later tonight.

The semi-finals will take place on May 12.

AW: New Jersey legend Al Kachadurian turns 100

Al Kachadurian on his 100th birthday, (Photo: Brian Borchard)

Albert Kachadurian loves people.

“I love to hear what people got to say,” he says. “I’m just that kind of a person that gets along with everybody. It’s a great honor for me.”

A kind and humble man with countless stories and detailed memories, Mr. Kachadurian, who goes by Al, is New Jersey’s newest centenarian.

The celebrations began over the weekend at the North Jersey Country Club (NJCC), where Kachadurian, the club’s oldest member of 66 years and former president, was honored as “Mr. North Jersey CC.” Surrounded by fellow avid golfers, friends and family under sunny skies on May 6, Mr. Kachadurian hit the ceremonial tee shot that launched the club’s season and marked its 100th opening day ahead of his own personal milestone on Friday.

“I can’t tell you how emotional I feel that I’m still alive,” he expressed to the Weekly during a phone interview about his long and blessed life. He made sure to set the record straight at the onset.

“My real name is not Albert,” he revealed. “My real name is Vahan.”

Kachadurian was born on May 12, 1923 in Paterson, New Jersey to Hagop and Anne [née Simonian] Kachadourian. When he was in kindergarten in 1928, his mother visited the principal’s office to discuss an important matter. “All the kids were making fun of me because I had such a long name—Vahan Kachadurian,” he recalled. “We gotta do something, she said. They’re making fun of my son.” “Why don’t we call him Albert?” suggested the principal. 

That seminal moment during his formative years would resurface decades later when Kachadurian, now a father, told his son John, who was working in New York in the textile industry at the time, that he could change or shorten his surname if that would make his life easier. “He said, ‘Dad, I am proud of my name. Kachadurian. I am very proud of it.’ And that made me feel so good,” recalled Mr. Kachadurian of his only son who died in 2016.

Despite the intolerance of ethnic minorities and prejudice against immigrants in the 1920s and 30s, Kachadurian remembers having a happy childhood. “I had some hard times, but when I think back on it, they were really wonderful years. Nothing could have been better,” he said.

As an only child, Kachadurian grew up learning about his ancestors’ struggles and worked hard to make them proud. All four of Kachadurian’s grandparents perished during the Armenian Genocide. His mother, who was from Dikranagerd/Diyarbekir, was orphaned. “My mother was a brave woman,” he said. “She told me her story many times of how she survived.” His mother was miraculously spared from the atrocities because she was at the home of a Turkish family playing with their little girl. They helped her get on a bus to Syria, where she spent several years in an orphanage until relatives in the US learned of her whereabouts and arranged for her immigration.

Kachadurian was an outstanding student athlete at Paterson Eastside High School, where he starred as a first team all-state running back. In an in-depth interview with City of Champions author Hank Gola, who pitched this story to the Weekly, he recalled “simple and wholesome” days on the football field and what it was like to play baseball with Larry Doby, who broke the American League color barrier with the Cleveland Indians in 1947. “I loved every single second of it,” he told the Weekly.

Al Kachadurian and Hank Gola at his 100th birthday celebration, (Photo: Brian Borchard)

During World War II, Kachadurian joined the US Navy in 1943 and attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with 44 other prospective officers. He was then sent to the United States Navy Reserve Midshipmen’s School at Columbia where he trained to become an officer and was assigned to a ship in the Brooklyn Navy Yard until the end of the war.

Kachadurian would return to the game of football for the Columbia Lions and execute the most decisive interception of his athletic career in 1947 during a game against the undefeated Army Black Knights. Kachadurian remembers the game-winning play like it was yesterday. “With a couple minutes left in the game, they were marching up to score a touchdown. They threw a pass, which I intercepted. That saved the game, and we broke their record. That was the highlight of the season.”

Memorabilia from Al Kachadurian’s illustrious athletic career flanked by plaques from the NJCC (Photo: Brian Borchard)

Kachadurian went on to graduate from Columbia’s business school and took over his father’s successful dry cleaning business in Paterson.

On February 16, 1947, he married Janet White of blessed memory—his high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years. Together, they raised three children. “I believe in love and respect. I think those two words carried us through as a beautiful family,” he shared.

Mr. Kachadurian instilled his love for his Armenian heritage with his five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and encouraged them to read Franz Werfel’s historical novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. He regrets that he was unable to journey to Armenia after retirement and is saddened by the homeland living under threat. “I am disappointed that there is so much turmoil there,” he told the Weekly. 

He will blow out his candles on Friday with gratitude for a long life and says he will wish for more compassion in this world. “I wish more people would get along with each other,” he said. “I’ve been one of the luckiest, most fortunate people that have ever lived. I’ve lived a good life.”

Assistant Editor
Leeza Arakelian is the assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly. She is a graduate of UCLA and Emerson College. Leeza has written and produced for local and network television news including Boston 25 and Al Jazeera America.

Two Armenian servicemen wounded in Azerbaijani drone strike




YEREVAN, MAY 12, ARMENPRESS. Two Armenian servicemen were wounded Friday morning when the Azerbaijani armed forces used a UAV to bombard their position in Gegharkunik Province, the defense ministry said in a press release.

“On 12 May, around 10:00, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire in the direction of Sotk by using a UAV,” the defense ministry said, adding that two servicemen of the Armed Forces of Armenia were wounded in the drone strike. One of the two wounded troops is in grave condition.

As of 10:30 the situation on the frontline was relatively stable, the ministry added.

The Azeri drone strike comes a day after Azeri forces bombarded Armenian positions in the same area in an unprovoked attack. 


Azerbaijan falsely accuses Armenia of planning operation




YEREVAN, MAY 11, ARMENPRESS. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense is falsely accusing the Armenian military of planning an operation, the Armenian Defense Ministry warned on May 11.

In a statement, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said that the Azerbaijani allegation is a disinformation. The Armenian Ministry of Defense denied planning any operation.

Armenian positions near Sotk came under heavy Azerbaijani gunfire early morning Thursday. 4 Armenian troops were wounded.

As of 10:45, the situation was relatively stable, the ministry said.