Mediators "proposed Armenia ditch Karabakh interim status agenda"

Mediators

April 14, 2021 – 13:39 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said there is something fundamental in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process, which has been hidden from the public for a long time. In the proposed Madrid Principles of the conflict settlement, there was an article on granting an interim status to Karabakh, which Azerbaijan had refused to discuss since 2011, Pashinyan said on Wednesday, April 14.

According to him, the Armenian side was supposed to ensure that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs persuade Azerbaijan to accept the temporary status of Karabakh, but “the fact is that Azerbaijan’s position was accepted by the mediators in 2014-2015.”

“Two months before the April 2016 war, the mediators clearly proposed to the Armenian side to abandon their aspirations to achieve a temporary status. The Armenian side rejected [the proposal],” Pashinyan said in a Q&A session in parliament.

“And two months later, the April war broke out, which was supposed to force the Armenian side to abandon their interim status agenda due to territorial losses.”

Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military offensive across the entire line of contact with Karabakh (Artsakh) in the wee hours of April 2 in 2016. Clashes lasted lasted four days and were later dubbed the Four-Day War or the April War. Throughout the military campaign, 64 soldiers, 13 volunteers and four civilians, including a child, were killed and more than 120 people were wounded. According to information from the U.S. Department of State, the Azerbaijani lost more than 270 people overall.

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Military alliance with Russia the axis of Armenia’s external security – PM

The Armenian-Russian military alliance reinforced by several dozen international agreements of a strategic nature and mutual allied obligations is the axis of ensuring the external security of the Republic of Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at the National Assembly.

“The Armenian-Russian joint military grouping and the joint Armenian-Russian air defense system in the Caucasus Collective Security Region are of practical importance for Armenia’s security. By the logic of the agreements formed by these two systems, an attack on Armenia means an attack on Russia, the two countries must jointly face external challenges,” the Prime Minister stated.

In this context, he said the large-scale process of reforms in the Armed Forces of Armenia has started, which will include structural and substantive reforms.

“In the strategic perspective, we look to seriously discuss the transition to a professional army, and we should be able to significantly change the structure of military service or conscription.”

“We hope to discuss the issue of enriching the capabilities of the Russian 102nd military base in Armenia. We have quite effective discussions with our Russian counterparts on the establishment of a base in Syunik region. The Minister of Defense has already stated. Russian border guards also take part in the protection of the state border of Armenia in a number of parts of Syunik region,” he said.

“In the strategic perspective, we envisage that the protection of the parts of the state border of Armenia, which are carried out by the Armenian Armed Forces, will be assigned to the border guards, and the army units will deal exclusively with issues of combat readiness and combat effectiveness, “Pashinyan added.

The Prime Minister noted that the Defense Army will continue to protect the security of Artsakh together with the Russian peacekeeping forces, and there will not be much change in this respect.

“The armed forces must be in their permanent locations during non-war situations. They must be engaged exclusively in combat training 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all working days of the month,” Nikol Pashinyan stated.

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PM insists Armenia should switch to professional army

PM insists Armenia should switch to professional army

April 14, 2021 – 12:37 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia should seriously consider switching to a professional army and significantly changing the structure of military service or conscription, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in parliament on Wednesday, April 14.

“In strategic perspective, we imagine that border guards, and not the Armed Forces, will protect the borders, while army units will only deal with combat issues,” Pashinyan said.

“The Defense Army, together with the [Russian] peacekeeping contingent will ensure the security of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).”

According to him, it is necessary to distinguish between the contractual and professional principles of serving in the army. Contract servicemen, he said, spend 14 days on combat duty, and then they are free for the next 14 days to engage in agriculture or some other work. Whereas having a professional army means that the Armed Forces should remain in their places of permanent deployment and have combat readiness in mind 24/7, Pashinyan noted.

Secretary of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Security Council Vitaly Balasanyan said in March that the country’s authorities intend to build a professional army. Back then, Balasanyan failed to say whose idea it was to stop recruiting Armenian conscripts but did say that both the countries are going to need a professional army “one day.”

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De-occupation of territory of former NKAO to brought forward during negotiations – Armenian PM

There is future in Armenia and Artsakh. The Armenian people have future, and together we will build that free, happy and strong future, Armenian Pashinyan said, speaking at the National Assembly.

“We must speak about the future, and the most important part of this future is the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict,” he said.

The Prime Minister stressed that the issue of de-occupation of the area of the former Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) should be brought during the negotiations.

“We must formulate this as a diplomatic issue, not as a military one. And we must consistently continue to implement the “cessation for salvation” formula for Artsakh,” Pashinyan stated.

Referring to the recent opening of the “trophy park” in Baku, the Prime Minister described it as something “inconceivable.”

“We must use all platforms to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that a museum of sufferings and victims of war can open in a country at all, and this is the most important demonstration of Armenophobia.

“This is the most solid basis for us to demonstrate the importance of the “cessation for salvation” principle to the international community, and this should be the axis of future negotiations on the issue,” the Prime Minister stated.

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Pashinyan touts Karabakh "secession for salvation" in future talks

Pashinyan touts Karabakh

April 14, 2021 – 12:08 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia is going to raise the issue of de-occupation of the territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast and the “secession for salvation” principle, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in parliament on Wednesday, April 14, when discussing the future of the negotiation process.

Pashinyan specifically stressed that the matter must be formulated not as a military question, but a political issue in the negotiation process.

“You saw what happened in Azerbaijan yesterday or the day before,” Pashinyan said, referring to the opening of a “military trophy park” where alongside Armenian equipment seized during hostilities, wax figures of what Azerbaijan claims to be Armenian servicemen, as well as their personal belongings and the helmets of fallen Armenian troops are also displayed.

“It’s just unbelievable, and we must use every platform we have to draw everyone’s attention [to the fact] that a country can host a museum of war sufferings and victims, which is the greatest manifestation of hatred against Armenians.”

“This is the biggest basis for us to show the international community the applicability of the “secession for salvation” principle for Karabakh, which should be in the core of the future negotiation process,” the PM noted.

After the “park” was inaugurated in Baku, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said Azerbaijan seeks to publicly degrade the memory of the victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, missing persons and prisoners of war, violating the rights and dignity of their families.

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Covid-19: Armenia infections grew by 1075 in the past day

Covid-19: Armenia infections grew by 1075 in the past day

April 14, 2021 – 11:12 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Armenia grew by 1075 to reach 205,128 on Wednesday, April 14 morning, according to information provided by the Health Ministry.

Fresh figures also revealed that 583 more people recovered, 19 patients died from Covid-19, while two others carrying the virus died from other causes in the past 24 hours.

A total of 5869 tests have been performed in the past day, the National Center For Disease Control and Prevention said.

So far, 184,243 people have recovered, 3794 have died from the coronavirus in the country, while 957 others carrying the virus have died from other causes.

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Armenian American Museum Kicks Off Virtual Stakeholder Meetings

Top row from l to r: Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Dr. Nazareth E. Darakjian, Rev. Berdj Djambazian. Middle row from l to r: Talin Yacoubian, Berdj Karapetian, Zaven Kazazian, Avedik Izmirlian. Third row from l to r: Aram Alajajian, Mary Khayat and Shant Sahakian

Top row from l to r: Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Dr. Nazareth E. Darakjian, Rev. Berdj Djambazian. Middle row from l to r: Talin Yacoubian, Berdj Karapetian, Zaven Kazazian, Avedik Izmirlian. Third row from l to r: Aram Alajajian, Mary Khayat and Shant Sahakian

GLENDALE—The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California has kicked off a series of virtual stakeholder meetings to provide donors, supporters, and community members with a progress report on the landmark center and historic groundbreaking year.

The series of virtual stakeholder meetings kicked off with the museum’s Benefactors, Legacy Council, and Founder’s Circle members in March.

“It has been a pleasure to meet with our valued stakeholders and have an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the exciting future of the Armenian American Museum,” stated Executive Chairman Berdj Karapetian. “We look forward to the upcoming stakeholder meetings to connect with our donors, supporters, and community members with the community-wide celebration of the historic groundbreaking on the horizon.”

The initial meetings have covered a wide range of topics including the museum’s collaboration with the City of Glendale, the museum’s refined building design, the selection process for the General Contractor, the formation of the new Board of Governors, the advancement of the permanent exhibition on the Armenian American experience, the formation of the new Exhibition Committee, upcoming donor opportunities for supporters, and the Groundbreaking Ceremony planned for Summer 2021.

The initial meetings featured presentations by the Board of Trustees, Executive leadership, staff, and architects of the project and concluded with Q&A sessions for stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback on the museum project.

The museum plans to host several virtual meetings and presentations for the greater community throughout Spring 2021.

The mission of the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience. The vision is a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity and speak out against prejudice.

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Minsk Group Co-Chairs call on parties to resume high-level political dialogue

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement today:

The Co-Chairs note with satisfaction the consolidation of the ceasefire, and are closely monitoring the implementation of the agreement reached by the parties on 9 November 2020.  The Co-Chairs welcome the significant achievements with regard to the return of the remains of the deceased, and the ongoing progress with regard to the resettlement of those displaced by the conflict, provision of humanitarian assistance and adequate living conditions, as well as constructive discussions aimed at unblocking transportation and communication lines throughout the region.

The Co-Chairs remind the sides that additional efforts are required to resolve remaining areas of concern and to create an atmosphere of mutual trust conducive to long-lasting peace.  These include issues related to, inter alia:  the return of all POWs and other detainees in accordance with the provisions of international humanitarian law, the exchange of all data necessary to conduct effective demining of conflict regions; the lifting of restrictions on access to Nagorno-Karabakh, including for representatives of international humanitarian organizations; the preservation and protection of religious and cultural heritage; and the fostering of direct contacts and co-operation between communities affected by the conflict as well as other people-to-people confidence building measures.

Having in mind the terms of their OSCE mandate and the aspirations of all the people of the region for a stable, peaceful, and prosperous future, the Co-Chairs stress that special attention should be paid to the achievement of a final comprehensive and sustainable settlement on the basis of the elements and principles well-known to the sides.

In this respect, the Co-Chairs call on the parties to resume high-level political dialogue under the auspices of the Co-Chairs at the earliest opportunity.  They reiterate their proposal to organize direct bilateral consultations under their auspices, in order for the sides to review and agree jointly upon a structured agenda, reflecting their priorities, without preconditions.

The Co-Chairs also express their strong support for the continuing activities and possible expansion of the mission of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office (PRCiO) and call on the sides to provide full access and support to its efforts. The Co-Chairs underscore their readiness to resume working visits to the region, including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, to carry out their assessment and mediation roles. In this regard, the Co-Chairs remind the sides of the requirement to provide unimpeded access and maximum flexibility of movement with regard to the Co-Chairs’ travel itineraries, in accordance with their mandate and previous practice.

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United Armenian Council Announces Armenian Genocide Commemoration

United Armenian Council of Los Angeles logo

United Armenian Council of Los Angeles logo

“We Remember and We Demand”

In recent decades, it has become tradition for Los Angeles’s Armenian community to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through the coordinating body composed of the most influential Armenian organizations, the UACLA. This body is composed of various organizations, political parties, religious denominations, benevolent and compatriotic associations, and currently over 40 organizations have are members of the UACLA.

This year, taking into consideration the effects of Covid-19 and upholding all recommended and mandated directives, the United Armenian Council of Los Angeles has decided to host a commemorative service on Saturday April 24 at 10 a.m. The religious ceremony remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide will take place at the Montebello Armenian Genocide Monument, located at 901 Via San Clemente Montebello, CA 90640, and will be led by religious leaders from our community’s varying denominations.

The Armenian community is invited to attend to once again recommit our dedication to seeking justice and honor the memory of the 1.5 million innocent martyrs who perished 106 years ago.

United Armenian Council of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
April 2021

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Armenian historians expect Biden to utter the word “genocide” on April 24

Armenian historians have penned a letter to US President Joe Biden, urging him to use the word “genocide” in his April 24th address on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The letter has been signed by the Union of Historians of Armenia, the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan State University’s Faculty of History, Yerevan State University’s Institute of Armenian Studies and the Armenian State Pedagogical University’s Faculty of History. The letter reads:

Honorable Mr. President,

This application addressed to you by the historians of Armenia does not seek to prove the obvious fact of the Armenian Genocide once again scientifically. Evidence of this has long been known to the entire civilized world, including the scientific community in the United States. The anxiety that gripped us on the eve of April 24 is connected with the persistent denial by Turkey, which serves as a carte blanche for it to commit new genocidal acts.

The latest of those was carried out against the self-determined civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh through the extensive involvement of international terrorist organizations. The NATO member state, by combining the modern technical means and capabilities of such a powerful security system with the capabilities of terrorist organizations, once again behaved like a serial killer in Nagorno-Karabakh because it did not answer for its previous crimes against humanity and civilization.

Turkey’s actions, which now combine Western technology and medieval methods of assassination by terrorists, remind us once again of the crimes against humanity and civilization in the joint statement of the three Entente powers, Britain, France and Russia, on May 24, 1915. The accusation is still relevant today.

Thus, the grave accusations leveled at Turkey by the Entente countries in 1915 and the United States shortly afterwards in World War I, on the part of its president, the well-known Woodrow Wilson, remain legally vague and suspended, giving rise to new crimes. Turkey, the unpunished perpetrator of the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide, has been cleverly maneuvering between the world’s poles of power for more than a hundred years to evade responsibility and carry out new genocidal acts against not only Armenians but also Greeks, Assyrians, Yezidis, Kurds and Arabs.

Moreover, today the Turkish leadership, which is de facto out of the control of the international community and carried away by the tyrannical wind, like the leaders of Nazi Germany, which was not punished at the time, poses a threat not only to Armenia but to all its neighbors and the entire civilized world.

The Turkish phenomenon of the unpunished criminal is now also manifested in the systematic work of a huge propaganda machine aimed at the destruction of the material and spiritual culture created by its victims and the consistent and systematic falsification of the historical memory of the peoples of the region.

We, the historians of Armenia, have written complete volumes over the years about all the Machiavellian tricks that Turkey is trying to use to mislead the international community and to exclude the word “Genocide” in your April 24 message. The latest batch of such falsifications is connected with the allegedly baseless assertion about the absence of a court decision confirming the Armenian Genocide and the distorted interpretation of the fact that the Genocide Convention was adopted only in 1948.

Meanwhile, the fact of the Armenian Genocide was first recognized by the courts of the Ottoman Empire with their decisions made during 1919-1920. Moreover, although the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Genocide was adopted in 1948, a few years after the Holocaust, its author, Rafael Lemkin, defined the main features of the concept of genocide, including not only the Holocaust but also the Armenian Genocide. Of those, the forcible transfer of children from one group to another under Article 2, Point E of the Convention did not occur during the Jewish Holocaust.

This was one of the peculiarities of the Armenian Genocide, that is, the Convention of December 9, 1948 was created with the inclusion of the crime of the Armenian Genocide, so it cannot but apply to the historical fact that was its basis, just as it applied to the Holocaust, also perpetrated before 1948. The two greatest crimes against humanity and civilization during World War I and World War II, the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust, delineated the red lines that defined the 20th century, the red lines guaranteeing peaceful coexistence on planet Earth, which became an integral part of all human consciousness. Protecting them and preventing new genocides depends first and foremost on the will of the United States, the most powerful guarantor of freedom and human rights in the world.

Only by calling this crime by its clear legal name – genocide – will it be possible to possible to overcome the current Munich policy of ignoring and even encouraging Erdogan’s genocidal aspirations by some irresponsible representatives of the international community. All other solutions, instead of confronting the perpetrator and the victim and real reconciliation, will continue to serve to further expand Erdogan’s dangerous ambitions, consistently playing the role of Eastern Hitler, through the systematic concealment of truth and justice.

At this historic moment, not only the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide, but also the souls of millions of martyrs who have gone through the paths of violence and suffering, pray to see the concept of GENOCIDE clearly in your April 24 annual message.

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