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Armenia Politics News Digest for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of political news for Armenia for Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The notable articles are the following:

Armenia authorizes Azerbaijani search operation near the village of Movses

At the request of the Azerbaijani side, with the mediation of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and with the support of the ICRC, an Azerbaijani de-mining team conducted a search for an Azerbaijani soldier lost in unknown circumstances days ago on the territory between the defense posts of the Armenian and Azeri armed forces near the village of Movses.

As a result of the search work, the remains of the killed Azerbaijani soldier were found and recovered a few meters away from the Azerbaijani positions, the Armenian Defense Ministry reports.

Throughout the Armenian-authorized operation, all the
security conditions were provided for the work of the Azerbaijani search team.

Read original article here.

PM pays tribute to Gurgen Margaryan’s memory, condemns the heinous crime

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan took to Twitter to commemorate the memory of slain Armenian Officer Gurgen Margaryan and condemn the heinous crime.

“Today we are paying tribute to the memory of Gurgen Margaryan, an Armenian officer who became an innocent victim of hatred, racism and anti-Armenian policy,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“We express
our solidarity to all members and friends of the Margaryan family,” he added.

In a separate tweet the Prime Minister said “the murder of Gurgen Margaryan and the further pardon and glorification of the convicted murderer is a vivid promotion of impunity for heinous crimes that violate fundamental human rights.”

“We are committed to preventing further occurrences of similar identity-based crimes,” the Prime Minister stated.

Read original article here.

China appreciates Armenia's help in fighting coronavirus

China appreciates Armenia's help in fighting coronavirus

February 19, 2020 – 19:12 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Chinese Ambassador to Armenia Tian Erlong on Tuesday, February 18 haded to the Armenian President Armen Sarkissian a letter from Chinese Leader Xi Jinping who thanked Armenia for supporting the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

Sarkissian hosted the ambassador in the presidential palace on Tuesday and discussed the situation created by the coronavirus and the preventive measures undertaken by governments worldwide.

The Chinese envoy handed Jinping’s letter in which the the President of the People’s Republic expressed his gratitude to the President of Armenia, noting that support of the Armenian side in the fight against coronavirus epidemic has had its impact on the mutual trust and friendship between the two nations.

“I attach the utmost importance to the development of the Armenian-Chinese relations and stand ready together with you to put efforts to elevate our bilateral relations to a new level for the benefit of our two countries and peoples,” the letter read.

At the meeting, the parties hailed the existing level of the interstate relations and expressed confidence that the sides would continue to make efforts aimed at the development of the Armenian-Chinese friendship and expansion of the existing partnership.

The coronavirus epidemic topped two benchmarks on Tuesday, February 18, according to new numbers released by Chinese officials. With the 136 new deaths and 1,749 new cases reported, the global death toll of the virus climbed above 2,000, and the total number of confirmed cases rose to more than 75,000.

Read original article here.

Two top military officials dismissed

Based on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s recommendation, President Armen Sarkissian has signed a decree dismissing Artur Baghdasaryan from the post of the Chief of Military Police.

According to another decree, Aleksan Aleksanyan has been dismissed from the post of the head of the department of Moral and Psychological Support of the Armed Forces.

The dismissals follow consultations chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the recent death cases in the Army.

The Prime Minister announced after the meeting that important decisions had been made, including ones on personnel changes.

Read original article here.

Interdepartmental Commission Meets to Discuss Urban Development Projects That Call for Comprehensive Solutions

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Interdepartmental Commission Meets to Discuss Urban Development Projects That Call for Comprehensive Solutions

On February 18, 2020, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, the interdepartmental commission, established to discuss such urban development projects as may call for comprehensive solutions, met in the Office of Government.

Tigran Avinyan noted that the Commission will discuss major urban development projects, problematic projects, as well as problems existing in the field of urban development and the proposed solutions. The meeting agenda featured four key items: the Old Yerevan Urban Development Program, the project of District 33 in Yerevan, the Kond District Rehabilitation Program, as well as the issue of suspended construction permits.

There was an active discussion on the progress and existing issues concerning the projects of Old Yerevan, Kond and District 33. It was decided to appoint responsible persons to coordinate the work of the programs of Old Yerevan and District 33 in order to speed up the ongoing activities and organize them more efficiently. A special task force will be set up for the Kond District project to work out and study the prospective concepts for Kond’s development.

Reference was made to the sites suspended due to disputes over construction permits in Yerevan. The Mayor of Yerevan reported the current situation and the statistics of the suspension of construction. It was decided that the Commission should examine the matter in all detail and find solutions that would minimize unnecessary and groundless disputes.
 

Read original article here.

China’s Xi Jinping hails Armenia’s support in fighting the coronavirus

China’s President Xi Jinping has commended Armenia’s efforts in helping China fight the new type of coronavirus.

President Armen Sarkissian received today the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Armenia Tian Erlong.

The President of Armenia and Ambassador of China spoke in particular about the situation created by the coronavirus infection and preventive measures.

Ambassador Tian Erlong passed to President Sarkissian a letter from the President of China Xi Jinping in which the latter expressed his gratitude to the President of Armenia noting that support of the Armenian side in the fight against coronavirus epidemic has had its impact on the mutual trust at the highest level and friendship of the two nations.

“I attach the utmost importance to the development of the Armenian-Chinese relations and stand ready together with you to put efforts to elevate our bilateral relations to a new level for the benefit of our two countries and peoples,” the letter of the President of the People’s Republic of China reads.

At the meeting, the parties hailed the existing level of the interstate relations and expressed confidence that the sides would continue to make efforts aimed at the development of the Armenian-Chinese friendship and expansion of the existing partnership.

Read original article here.

Draft resolution on honoring the memory of Armenian Genocide victims submitted to Ukrainian Parliament

A draft resolution on honoring the memory of the Armenian genocide victims has been submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada), AnalitikaUA.net reports.

According to the source, the legislative initiative
of the People’s Deputy of Ukraine from “Servants of the People” faction Daria
Volodina on honoring the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide was
registered on February 14.

Head of the Union of Armenians of Ukraine Vilen
Shatvoryanhas called the initiative “an important step demonstrating a
consistent commitment to the ideas of humanism, truth and justice.”

Three similar initiatives have been submitted to the
Verkhovna Rada over the past 10 years.

In May 2019 Anton Polyakov from the  “Servants of the People” faction  had submitted a draft resolution on Recognition
of the Armenian Genocide.

On June 6, 2013, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
registered the Draft Resolution on the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide in
the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

On April 3, 2015, the Parliament re-registered the
draft resolution on the recognition of the genocide of the Armenians by MP
Vitaly Barvinenko.. Dozens of people’s deputies joined the initiative of the
parliamentarian.

Read original article here.

Army chief invited to Parliament to discuss recent death cases

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Artak Davtyan has
been invited to the National Assembly to discuss the recent death cases in the
Army.

The discussion was initiated by the Parliament’s Standing Committee
on Defense and Security Affairs and the Committee on Protection of Human Rights
and Public Affairs.

The meeting is
being held behind closed doors, but participants are expected to answer
journalists’ questions, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defense and Security
Affairs Andranik Kocharyan

Read original article here.

Today on Twitter

Here is a selection of some of the tweets about Armenia from some of the Twitter accounts we follow. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

#BookGiving Day📚should indeed be marked with a special competition. Send us your translation of any of Hovhannes Tumanian’s piece into English, Russian or your preferable language. The prize will coincide with the message of the day. So looking forward!😇🇦🇲

Today marks sad anniversary of dehumanizing act of hate induced murder of #Armenia’n officer #GurgenMargaryan by #Azerbaijan’s #RamilSafarov. Subsequent release & glorification of the murderer in Azerbaijan is indignity & affront to every moral standard & human value

PR of #Armenia🇦🇲Chair of #CSW64 Mher Margaryan met with @UN_PGA Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, discussing #genderequality agenda across #SDGs in the #Decadeofaction. Upcoming anniversaries of #Beijing25, #SDG5 should serve as momentum for accelerated action for all #women & girls

🇦🇿 And #Azerbaijan just sent 80,000 masks to #China to boot: #coronavirus

https://jam-news.net/baku-is-running-out-of-medical-masks/

Main points from the remarks of @armenia’s PM Nikol #Pashinyan during the “An update on #NagornoKarabakh” event on margins of Munich Security Conference #MSC2020

“It is not a matter of territories but security. #NagornoKarabakh cannot compromise its security.”

Part 1

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.
#selfdetermination

4

Today, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia Mr. Arman Tatoyan @atatoyan met w/ Mr. Birger Karlsson, Minister-Counsellor, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sweden in Armenia @SwedeninArmenia.
#Armenia #Sweden🇦🇲 🇸🇪

11 out of the 75 members of the regional legislature perished between 1992-93 during the war in #Karabakh

In Memoriam: A Parliament at War by @emil_sanamyan for #FocusOnKarabakh

https://armenian.usc.edu/in-memoriam-a-parliament-at-war/

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

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