Azeri parliament wants France to be ousted from OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship

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 13:47,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The parliament of Azerbaijan has called on the Aliyev administration to request the OSCE to recall France from the Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship, TASS reported citing the Azeri parliament’s statement.

The Azeri lawmakers are also calling on their government to “revise the current political relations between Azerbaijan and France and recall the Azeri ambassador to Paris for consultations”.

The move comes after the French Senate adopted the resolution on November 25 calling on the French government to recognize Artsakh as an independent country.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Azeri parliament wants France to be ousted from OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship

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 13:47,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The parliament of Azerbaijan has called on the Aliyev administration to request the OSCE to recall France from the Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship, TASS reported citing the Azeri parliament’s statement.

The Azeri lawmakers are also calling on their government to “revise the current political relations between Azerbaijan and France and recall the Azeri ambassador to Paris for consultations”.

The move comes after the French Senate adopted the resolution on November 25 calling on the French government to recognize Artsakh as an independent country.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Lawmaker sees need for creation of legal mechanisms before lifting martial law

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 16:26,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. Chairman of the Armenian parliamentary standing committee on state-legal affairs Vladimir Vardanyan says he doesn’t see enough conditions now for abolishing the martial law in Armenia and proposed the opposition colleagues to work jointly on this direction for creating respective legal mechanisms.

“The martial law cannot remain in force forever and should not be. The martial law is just a regime to ensure and consolidate the country’s self-defense system. And it should be lifted when all sufficient conditions exist. The martial law should be lifted if the circumstances allow and if it is possible. In this case, lifting the martial law without the necessary legal procedures is impermissible. We do not have the legal mechanisms which today can replace the martial law”, the MP said. “We need to understand that there is a certain degree of danger, there is an issue of borders, deployment of respective troops. All these issues should be taken into account”.

The lawmaker proposed to create legal mechanisms for the lifting of the martial law. “It’s highly important for us to be able to create a legal base for passing from the martial law to normal conditions”, he said.

He said there is an important factor for the maintenance or cancellation of the martial law – the opinion of the General Staff and the military. “And that opinion is the following: in such situation there are no grounds to change it, there are no alternative measures, let’s work on this direction, let’s change the regime of the martial law”, he said.

 

Reporting by Anna Grigoryan; Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Lawmaker sees need for creation of legal mechanisms before lifting martial law

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 16:26,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. Chairman of the Armenian parliamentary standing committee on state-legal affairs Vladimir Vardanyan says he doesn’t see enough conditions now for abolishing the martial law in Armenia and proposed the opposition colleagues to work jointly on this direction for creating respective legal mechanisms.

“The martial law cannot remain in force forever and should not be. The martial law is just a regime to ensure and consolidate the country’s self-defense system. And it should be lifted when all sufficient conditions exist. The martial law should be lifted if the circumstances allow and if it is possible. In this case, lifting the martial law without the necessary legal procedures is impermissible. We do not have the legal mechanisms which today can replace the martial law”, the MP said. “We need to understand that there is a certain degree of danger, there is an issue of borders, deployment of respective troops. All these issues should be taken into account”.

The lawmaker proposed to create legal mechanisms for the lifting of the martial law. “It’s highly important for us to be able to create a legal base for passing from the martial law to normal conditions”, he said.

He said there is an important factor for the maintenance or cancellation of the martial law – the opinion of the General Staff and the military. “And that opinion is the following: in such situation there are no grounds to change it, there are no alternative measures, let’s work on this direction, let’s change the regime of the martial law”, he said.

 

Reporting by Anna Grigoryan; Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 26-11-20

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 17:20,

YEREVAN, 26 NOVEMBER, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 26 November, USD exchange rate down by 3.57 drams to 508.12 drams. EUR exchange rate down by 4.24 drams to 604.82 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate down by 0.06 drams to 6.72 drams. GBP exchange rate down by 3.80 drams to 678.90 drams.

The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

Gold price down by 33.38 drams to 29572.22 drams. Silver price up by 1.51 drams to 382.44 drams. Platinum price up by 202.96 drams to 15601.3 drams.

Numerous historical-cultural monuments destroyed, damaged or desecrated by Azeri armed forces

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 14:53,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The military and political leadership of the Republic of Azerbaijan, violating tripartite agreement entered into force on May 12, 1994, the sanction approved by the UN General Assembly Resolution XXIX on aggressive military actions, the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, as well as the application of customary international humanitarian law by using prohibited means and methods in time of war, by motives of national hatred, by putting at danger lives of many, by illegally killing two or more people, civilian persons of the peaceful settlements of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh, deliberately targeting with attacks, intentionally exploding property, humanitarian and cultural objects, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Armenia told Armenpress.

Within that framework, both in the course of active military operations and after the ceasefire agreement between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed on November 9, the representatives of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan has deliberately targeted Armenian historical and cultural monuments, objects of special historical or cultural value, destroying, damaging or desecrating them.

In particular, factual information was received that during the period from September 27 to November 9, 2020, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by regularly targeting artillery shells, damaged Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi city, Azerbaijan, as well as later desecrated the church with various inscriptions on exterior and interior walls.

Besides, other historical and cultural monuments, in particular, the monument devoted to the victims of the Great Patriotic War in the village Avetaranots, the cross-stones placed in different settlements of the Republic of Artsakh, the graves of Armenian soldiers and the monuments devoted to them became victim of such "behavior" of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

After the adoption of the above-mentioned tripartite declaration of the ceasefire, the dome and the bell tower of the "Green church" or St. HovhannesMkrtich church located in Shushi city were destroyed by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

According to the video appeared on the internet on November 16, 2020, the servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan desecrated and damaged the church of ZoravorSt.Astvatsatsinlocated in Mekhakavansettlement /Jabrahil/ of the Republic of Artzakh, breaking the cross of the church.

According to a photo appeared on the internet on the same day, a serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan desecrated the monument of Commander Vazgen Sargsyan sitting on it.

The mentioned circumstances were investigated under Article 384, Part 2, Article 390, Part 3, Points 1 and 2, Article 391, Part 3, Article 387, Part 1, Article 104, Part 2, Points 1, 6, 7 and 13, Article 34-104, Part 2, Points 1, 6 and 7of the RA Criminal Code and Article 185, Part 3, Points 1 and 2 of the RA Criminal Code and within the framework of criminal cases.

The above-mentioned data obtained in the course of the preliminary investigation are checked according to a proper legal procedure, other investigative and judicial actions are undertaken, operative and investigative measures are undertaken to collect facts of other similar cases in order to reveal all the circumstances of the mentioned cases regarding destroying historical and cultural monuments, detecting the perpetrators, giving full criminal assessment to such acts typical of war crimes and solving the issue of criminal responsibility of the perpetrators.

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Armenia also undertakes measures to draw the attention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other international organizations engaged in the protection of cultural values to assess the above-mentioned criminal acts, to prevent the possible destruction and damage of other structures as well as to undertake measures in order to protect and use effective protection mechanisms for preventing the further destroying and damaging of the monuments and objects of Armenian historical and cultural monuments in the territories of the Republic of Artsakh, which came under the Republic of Azerbaijan.

2 Lebanese-Armenian repatriates go missing in Artsakh AFTER ceasefire, presumed kidnapped by Azeris

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 16:38,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. Two Lebanese-Armenians, a man and a woman, have gone missing in Artsakh after the armistice was declared, the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan told ARMENPRESS.

“We have two Lebanese-Armenians who have disappeared. A man and a woman have disappeared in Artsakh after the ceasefire. They went there to get their belongings and now they are missing. We are trying to find out their whereabouts, but we are unable to find them,” Sinanyan said, adding that unknown individuals speaking Turkish or Azeri are answering the mobile phones of these missing persons.

One of the Lebanese-Armenians had repatriated after the August 4 Beirut blast and settled in Artsakh. The repatriated woman was temporarily accommodated in a hotel in Shushi until getting a home. Then, when the war began, she moved to Goris in Armenia. When the war ended, on November 10, accompanied by a Lebanese-Armenian man, she supposedly went back to Shushi to retrieve her belongings.

They went missing ever since. Calls to their mobile numbers are answered by Turkish or Azeri people who initially claimed that the Lebanese-Armenian woman is held hostage, but then said she is killed. There is no information about the missing man.

The High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs contacted the National Security Service, the Red Cross and the Human Rights Defender over the issue.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

We will come out from this situation with optimism for the future – PM Pashinyan

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 18:01,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan today held a consultation with Governors.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister thanked them for valuable work carried out during the war and in the post-war days. “The governors all worked hard during this period, especially in the areas in close vicinity of battlefields. In particular, the governors of Gegharkunik, Syunik Marzes and other governors as well carried out the mission of supporting our Armed Forces during the war. Many, if not all, governors have spent quite some time on the frontlines, some of them in some of the worst fighting areas. I appreciate your contribution. I am convinced that the residents of border regions noticed and appreciated it. Our Armed Forces and the Army noticed and appreciated this, too” the Prime Minister said. Nikol Pashinyan stressed that the time has come to start talking about the future, about “how we are going to live further; what targets and future plans to draw in order to set up a benchmark for all of us.”

“This is the most important topic today. Because, as I said at today’s government meeting, we are facing difficult times, and rather complicated processes await us in the near future. Today we have to address tasks related to the search for missing persons, the exchange of dead bodies, the return of our captive compatriots, the satisfaction of the needs of those who have lost their homes. The implementation of the agreements reached under the November 9 statement is painful, but I would like to state once again that the decision was taken in a situation where the alternative could be more difficult, no matter how problematic the situation is for all of us,” the Premier said, noting that as a society, as a state, we need to decide whether we are prepared to defy these difficult times or not.

“I think that the answer to this question is unambiguous: we must live, go through these difficult times, create new opportunities for developing our people’ creative potential, so that they could work, develop, generate added value and put it at the service of our state and people. The biggest problem we are facing today is as follows: we must be able to ensure external and internal security and stability, because today it is indeed a vital need for our country, our state and our people. In this context, we must be stronger, we must have the determination to take on and bear this responsibility. At the same time, I say that I personally consider myself responsible for the current situation. I am not going to shift this responsibility onto others' shoulders. On the other hand, ensuring the full functioning, the manageability and stability of the system of public administration is of strategic importance in this situation. I wish to thank our governors for shouldering this difficult function during all this time; they are exercising and will continue to exercise in the future, have an additional negative effect,” the Prime Minister said, noting that bad news can sometimes turn into optimism, if defied.

“And we should be able to carry this burden on our shoulders not because we like it, but because the alternative can be destructive, the alternative can be much heavier, much more complicated and much more painful. We cannot let that happen. So, I hope everyone will act according to this logic; otherwise it would mean an escape from reality. We are not going to run away. And we are going to bear this burden in full, but also hoping that we will come out from this situation with a share of optimism for the future, with a sound vision and new ideas about the future,” Nikol Pashinyan emphasized.

The meeting reviewed the post-war situation in the regions, the emerging socio-economic problems, progress in the implementation of capital programs and further action.

Martial law in Armenia will remain in effect

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 18:40,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. The National Assembly of Armenia did not adopt the bill on abolishing the martial law. ARMENPRESS reports 36 MPs voted for abolishing it, 56 against. 2 MPs abstained.  

''Bright Armenia'' Party had brought the bill to the parliament.

Government representative, Deputy Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan said at the extraordinary session of the parliament that the Government suggests that martial law should be abolished gradually.

The Standing Committee on Defense and Security gave a negative conclusion to the bill yesterday.

Armenpress: President of Armenian parliament thanks President of French Senate for resolution on Artsakh

President of Armenian parliament thanks President of French Senate for resolution on Artsakh

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 21:13,

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 26, ARMENPRESS. President of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan sent a letter to President of French Senate Gérard Larcher, thanking him and the other members of the Senate for the adoption of the resolution on the ''necessity to recognize Nagorno Karabakh Republic''.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the parliament of Armenia, the letter runs as follows,

''I wish to express hope that the continues efforts of France and the other OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair countries, the Russian Federation and the USA, will contribute to the final settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The lasting and firm peace can be achieved only by fair settlement of the issue – the recognition of Artsakh and return of Armenian territories of Artsakh''.