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Azerbaijani press: Baku, Paris discuss Azerbaijan-Armenia normalization [PHOTO]

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and French Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador for Eastern Partnership Brice Roquefeuil have discussed Azerbaijan-Armenia normalization in Baku, the ministry has reported.

“At the meeting, the process of normalization of interstate relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and steps taken in this direction were discussed. In particular, the sides exchanged views on the implementation of the agreements reached after the Brussels meeting,” the ministry said.

Moreover, the sides also touched on the current regional situation, as well as other international problems.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and European Council President Charles Michel met in a trilateral format in Brussels on April 6.

The meeting was held for a continuation of the discussions on the situation in the South Caucasus region and the development of EU relations with both countries.

The leaders took stock of developments since their last meeting in Brussels in December 2021 and their videoconference, together with French President Emmanuel Macron, in February 2022. They reviewed progress on the implementation of undertaken commitments. The leaders discussed the recently reported tensions and reiterated the necessity of adhering fully to the provisions of the 9/10 November 2020 trilateral statement.

Both Aliyev and Pashinyan have expressed a willingness to work quickly toward a peace agreement between their countries. To that end, it was decided to instruct foreign ministers to begin work on drafting a future peace treaty that would address all of the issues.

At the same time, it was also agreed to convene a Joint Border Commission by the end of April. The Joint Border Commission's mandate will be to: delimit the bilateral border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and ensure a stable security situation along and in the vicinity of the borderline.

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    "Immortal Regiment" march dedicated to the heroes participating the Great Patriotic War held in Yerevan



     13:12, 9 May, 2022

    YEREVAN, MAY 9, ARMENPRESS. The silent "Immortal Regiment" march dedicated to the heroes who took part in the Great Patriotic War was held in Yerevan's Victory Park, ARMENPRESS reports the participants of the march took with them the photos of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. Vahram Karapetyan, Director General of the Dom Moscow Cultural and Business Center, congratulated all the veterans who did their best to win the bloody war that killed 27 million people.

    "Glory to the veterans who died, who survived. We remember the participants of the Great Patriotic War, we honor their memory. Today we want our veterans to live longer so that they can tell the true story. We will do our best to pass on the memory of the war from generation to generation so that it is not forgotten. This is our history that we must respect," Karapetyan said.

    According to the director general of the Moscow House Cultural and Business Center, since the first days of the Patriotic War, the heroes have written with their blood, "We will die, but we will not surrender."

    "How can we forget those words? That is why today is a glorious day, Victory Day. The Victory was shaped by the peoples of all the countries of the Soviet Union. The Armenian people, of course, played a significant role in this victory. We can say with pride that the role of the Armenian people in the victory in the Patriotic War is great, because more than 600 thousand Armenians took part in that war, of which 300 thousand died, more than 100 Armenians were awarded the title of Hero of the USSR. It is a great achievement for the Armenian people. We are proud of our heroes, we respect their memory," Karapetyan concluded.

    Photos by Hayk Badalyan, Gevorg Perkuperkyan

    Book Release and Reading of Tenny Arlen’s Book of Armenian Verse

    LOS ANGELES, Calif.On Friday, May 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. PST, the release of Tenny Arlen’s book of Armenian verse entitled Կիրքով ըսելու՝ ինչո՞ւ հոս եմ (To Say with Passion: Why Am I Here?) will take place in Bunche Hall 10383 of the University of California, Los Angeles. As the first full-length volume of creative literature composed in Armenian by a US-born author after over a century of Armenian-American community development, this is a landmark achievement. It is also one of the first public outcomes of the emphasis that UCLA Narekatsi Chair’s Armenian program places on the concept of Armenian as a living and creative language in the diaspora.

    Tenny Arlen

    Arlen grew up in San Luis Obispo, far removed from any Armenian community. She began her undergraduate studies at UCLA in 2011 with no prior knowledge of Armenian. She took courses in Western Armenian language and literature for two years with Dr. Hagop Kouloujian. Already a talented writer, she soon began to write poetry in Armenian. In 2013, she graduated from UCLA with highest honors, earning a B.A. in Comparative Literature. In 2015, she was admitted into the University of Michigan’s doctoral program in Comparative Literature with a plan to study French and Armenian symbolist poetry, but she passed away in a car accident in the summer of 2015 before beginning the program. 

    Կիրքով ըսելու՝ ինչո՞ւ հոս եմ (To Say with Passion: Why Am I Here?)

    She wrote the first drafts of most of the poems collected in this book about 15 to 20 months after beginning Armenian language studies. Her posthumous book of poetry, published by the ARI Literature Foundation (Yerevan, 2021) with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is entitled To Say with Passion: Why Am I Here? (Կիրքով ըսելու՝ ինչո՞ւ հոս եմ), a line taken from one of her poems, in which the Armenian language speaks about its own existence in the 21st century Diaspora. The book was edited by Dr. Kouloujian, who also wrote its afterword, in which he tells of Arlen’s creative journey in Armenian and highlights the book’s significance as the first full-length volume of creative literature written and published in Armenian by a US-born author.

    This hybrid event is co-sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian FoundationUCLA Narekatsi Chair of Armenian StudiesUCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and CulturesThe Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA and the UCLA Armenian Students’ Association

    Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event (paperback $15; hardcover $20).

    Armenian government introduces new royalty system replacing state duty for copper,molybdenum concentrate exports



     12:05, 5 May, 2022

    YEREVAN, MAY 5, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian government is lifting the state duty for the exports of copper and molybdenum concentrate and molybdenum from January 1, 2023.

    Instead, a new royalty system will be introduced.

    Finance Minister Tigran Khachatryan said at the Cabinet meeting that the new component of royalty system will be applied when the profits of the companies will exceed a certain threshold. “As a result, the companies paying royalties in conditions of up to 10% profitability will not experience any increase of tax burden in terms of royalties against the royalties that were in place prior to the application of the state duties,” he said.

    He said the move is aimed at making the royalty system of the exploitation of metal mines more fair and effective.

    The additional royalty will be 15% in conditions of profitability exceeding 10%. The mining companies’ spending in terms of royalty payments in the first and second components, financial expenditures, accountability and transparency will be taken into consideration before taxation.

    Azerbaijan holding international regatta in occupied Armenian Mataghis town of Karabakh
    Armenia – May 6 2022

    The Azerbaijani authorities are holding an international regatta in the Azerbaijani-occupied Armenian town of Mataghis—in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)—, which has been renamed "Sugovushan."

    ‘"President's Cup-2022" regatta on rowing, kayaking, and canoeing has started in Sugovushan settlement,” APA reported.

    This international competition is dedicated to the 99th anniversary of birth of former Azerbaijani president, the late Heydar Aliyev.

    More than 100 athletes from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Georgia are participating in the regatta being held in Mataghis Reservoir.

    Yerevan Says Baku Has Agreed to Discuss Armenia’s 6-Point Proposal

    The Armenia-Azerbaijan border

    Armenia has submitted a six-point proposal to Azerbaijan, which according to Armenia’s National Security chief, Baku has agreed to discuss.

    Armen Grigoryan told reporters on Thursday that Baku has not rejected the presumably new proposals submitted by Yerevan, saying that in his talks with a top Azerbaijani official this week, there were signals that Azerbaijan was ready to discuss these points, although he did not specify what they are but said that the document was in response to Baku’s five proposals, which include a demand for Armenia to recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity—including Artsakh.

    “Azerbaijan’s proposed points were not unacceptable for Armenia. With its six points Armenia proposed that there also should be a resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in order for comprehensive peace to be possible,” Grigoyan said.

    When Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan met last month in Brussels they agreed to begin the process of drafting a “peace treaty,” based on which talks would take place. Charles Michel, the President of the Council of Europe, who mediated the April talks, said that the European Union was prepared to advance the talks between Yerevan and Baku.

    “Our approach is that these two packages—“5+6 points”—should be merged together as a start of negotiations over a peace treaty in order to find a long-term solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict,” Grigoryan said.

    He reiterated Armenia’s position on prioritizing a solution to the security, defense and rights of Armenians living in Artsakh and that the status of Nagorno Karabakh should be developed in accordance.

    “I haven’t seen a public rejection of this package [by Azerbaijan],” said Grigoryan. “There is an understanding in our discussions that these two packages should be joined and that negotiations should start. Both the Azerbaijani side and all other international partners have this understanding. Starting negotiations over the 5+6 points is a legitimate approach and we’ve seen that understanding,” Grigoryan said.

    Grigoryan on Monday met with Aliyev’s chief advisor Himet Hajiyev in Brussels. The meeting was mediated by the EU’s Special Representative to the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar.

    Armenia’s national security chief said that for Yerevan signing a peace treaty with Azerbaijan meant that a settlement to the Karabakh conflict will also be found.

    “We see the resolution to the conflict through ensuring security—the security of our compatriots living in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as ensuring rights,” said Grigoryan. “A status [for Artsakh] must be determined accordingly.”

    “Guarantees of ensuring security will also be there, and at this moment we don’t know what kind of guarantees will exist from an institutional perspective, we will discuss this during negotiations and if we reach any decision and see that the security of our compatriots will definitely be ensured we will give consent to it,” Grigoryan said.

    He emphasized that one of the issues will be discussed during the “peace talks” will be the recognition by Armenia and Azerbaijan of each other’s territorial integrity.

    “Of course, we note that in 1992 Armenia and Azerbaijan recognized each other’s sovereign territories and sovereignty within the CIS, but you also know that other developments have taken place since then. Armenia and Azerbaijan continue recognizing each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” added Grigoryan.

    He made the remarks in response to recent statements by Aliyev, who on Wednesday again addressed the “Zangezur Corridor,” his scheme to link mainland Azerbaijan with Nakhichevan through Armenia.

    “As for the Zangezur corridor, this corridor is already a reality,” Aliyev said. “The railway, the highway passing through the territory of Zangilan region, will not only connect the main part of Azerbaijan with the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, but will also become a new route of international cargo transportation, it will be an international route.”

    Grigoryan said statements such as the ones made by Aliyev do not contribute to a positive outcome of any talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the future.

    Grigoryan also said on Thursday that a commission to delimit and demarcate the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan has not been established yet, adding, however, that discussion on the matter were ongoing.

    “Discussions around this continue. Of course we hoped that it would be possible to find solutions and move forward by the end of April. But I can say that now intensive discussions continue and there is hope that a meeting could take place soon. The discussions are around the approaches regarding the working group, and there are questions on other matters as well and we haven’t found the final answers to them so far. As soon as we find the answers, there will be a public statement and a meeting will take place,” Grigoryan explained.

    Such statements do not contribute to formation of peace agenda – Armenian Security Council Secretary on Aliyev’s remarks



     13:41, 5 May, 2022

    YEREVAN, MAY 5, ARMENPRESS. Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan commented on the recent statements of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev according to which the process of clarifying the borders with Armenia will be implemented on the basis of all the maps of 1918 and the once that existed before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and that according to some of the maps of 1918 to 1920, Yerevan and Syunik were allegedly part of Azerbaijan.

    Speaking to reporters, Grigoryan said that he is not going to make any statement over the maps or the historical excursion, adding that all maps and historical facts exist, any member of the society both in Armenia and Azerbaijan can get acquainted with the maps and know whom which territory historically belonged to.

    Armen Grigoryan said that one of the issues of the possible peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the recognition of each other’s territorial integrity.

    “Of course, we note that in 1992 Armenia and Azerbaijan recognized each other’s sovereign territories and sovereignty within the CIS, but you also know that other developments have taken place in the future, but Armenia and Azerbaijan continue recognizing each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Of course, such statements do not contribute to the formation of a peace agenda and to working in a calm environment. We hope that such statements will be as few as possible”, he said.

    Turkey denies FlyOne Armenia overflight permit

    Public Radio of Armenia
    May 5 2022

    The Turkish aviation authorities have denied FlyOne Armenia airline an overflight permit for flights to European countries through its airspace.  

    The airline is therefore canceling all flights to Lyon and Paris until June 10.  

    Meanwhile, the Yerevan-Istanbul-Yerevan flights will be carried out as scheduled.

    FlyOne Armenia will provide further updates on the resumption of flights. It apologizes to passengers for the inconvenience this may cause.

    The company offers to change the date of the flight or get a full refund.