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President Armen Sarkissian arrived today to Artsakh on a working visit. In Stepanakert, he met with the President of the Republic of Artsakh Araik Harutyunian. President Sarkissian congratulated once again and wished success to Araik Harutyunian and expressed confidence that with his experience and knowledge he would successfully continue his service to the Fatherland. “In your …

Accidents

On July 9, at 22:28 information was received to Crisis management national center that the citizen had committed a suicide jumping off Kievyan bridge of Yerevan city. The rescue group from the Center for Carrying out Activities of Special Importance of the Rescue Forces Department of the Rescue Service of the MES of RA dispatched …

Culture

The Armenian Weekly.  Proficiency with language is not something that is simply inherited. It is also not something that magically stays with you over the years. It is something you cultivate, practice, develop, enhance and use to express one’s self and identity. Unfortunately, there is a misunderstanding that some people can and some people cannot …

Society

The Armenian Weekly.  The ANCA Eastern Region’s Empowerment series continues with a lesson about the female fedayees who were instrumental in securing the future of the First Republic of Armenia. The term fedayee, derived from the Arabic word fedayeen that literally means “those who sacrifice,” perfectly describes the civilian men and women who voluntarily left their …

Politics

COPENHAGEN, 9 July 2020 – The Vice-Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee, Michael Georg Link (Germany), and Secretary General Roberto Montella discussed today with European Parliament member Nacho Sanchez Amor the need for increased efforts by parliaments to combat fake election observation activities. The practice of state authorities and their proxy organizations …

Society

The Armenian Weekly. It has often been stated that knowledge is freedom. The Armenians were an enslaved people under Turkish rule for centuries in Western Armenia until the period of enlightenment in the mid to late 19th century brought fresh air into their thinking. The increase of formal education in the homeland and the impact of …

Politics

The Security Council of the Republic of Armenia is holding a regular meeting in Yerevan, chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The meeting shall approve Armenia’s National Security Strategy, in addition to discussing other security-related issues. In that context, Prime Minister Pashinyan delivered a message, in which he stated: “Honorable National Assembly Speaker, Dear Security …

"Aravot" daily

I agree with the political analysts who have divided 12 of the post-Soviet states into two groups: authoritarian and semi-authoritarian (the Baltic countries, of course, are a completely different, European topic). Besides Armenia, the semi-authoritarian states include Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan. It is important to note that Armenia did not gain that label over …

Politics

President Armen Sarkissian spoke on the phone with the Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Armenia Rouben Vardazarian. The Court of Cassation was created 22 years ago, and Armenia made a transition from the two-step judicial system to a three-step system. President Sarkissian conveyed his congratulations and good wishes to the …

Out of yerevan

Today, July 10, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Lynne M. Tracy, helped deliver equipment and furniture to the Tavush region as part of a project to strengthen the field of social work in Armenia.  The three-year project – “Community Level Access and Social Services” (CLASS) – is funded by the United States Agency for International …

Europe

In a statement made on 9 July, the spokespersons of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities for the observation of local and regional elections, Jakob Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG), commended the adoption of amendments to the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Parliament in Sarajevo: “These amendments pave the …

Europe

The Council of Europe has proven to be an essential, indispensable guardian of human rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the main conclusions of a new report by the Secretary General covering the Council of Europe’s actions since the Helsinki Ministerial Meeting in May 2019 and the organisation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. “Our …

Politics

At the meeting with a group of members of the expert commission on constitutional changes the President of Armenia noted that the Constitution, constitutionality are not just legal regulations written on the paper and the next step, their implementation is very important. “When we check on the compliance of the given law with the Constitution, it …

Politics

ԵՌԱԳՈՅՆ. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill, mandating the teaching of Holocaust and Genocide studies in high schools. “I’m excited to sign a bill that will help ensure that we will never forget the horrific crimes against humanity that occurred in the Holocaust. In death camps across NAZI-occupied eastern Europe, millions of Jews and …

Europe

EU NEIGHBOURS. Mr. President, dear Heiko [Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany], Honourable Members of the Security Council, many thanks for having invited the European Union to a debate on an issue so much relevant for us. (..)As European Union, we believe it is high time to put an end to this military conflict, …

Politics

WASHINGTON, DC – A key U.S. House panel has approved legislative report language indirectly calling for continued USAID funding for humanitarian demining in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). “We certainly welcome this report recommendation as a step in the right direction,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. “However, …