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President Sarkissian invites participants of Summit of Minds to Armenia

President Armen Sarkissian participated in the opening of the annual Summit of Minds in Chamonix, France and delivered a keynote speech.

The summit brought together the politicians, representatives of well-known think tanks, world-famous companies in the field of high technology, scientists, analysts, businessmen and entrepreneurs,

The main discussions focus on key macro issues: economy, geopolitics, society, environment and technologies, their development in the years to come and possible impact on investment and business decisions.

During the thematic discussions, the speakers and participants present their experiences, thoughts and ideas about the challenges and problems facing the modern world, and in that context reefer to courage and bravery, with their various manifestations.

President Sarkissian invited the participants of the Chamonix discussions to the third Armenian Summit of Minds scheduled for October 23-24 in Dilijan. The summit is a unique opportunity to present Armenia’s potential, develop new areas of cooperation, and establish business ties.

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Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, EU Ambassador discuss Armenia-EU cooperation agenda

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, EU Ambassador discuss Armenia-EU cooperation agenda

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan received the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin.
During the meeting the parties discussed the main guidelines of EU cooperation with Armenia within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
A number of other issues of mutual interest were also touched upon.

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Masked and armed Azerbaijani servicemen stop bus with Armenian children, check the phones – Ombudsman

Masked Azerbaijani servicemen legally stopped a bus with Armenian children on Vorotan road, Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan reports.

The Ombudsman has shared footage showing Azerbaijani servicemen, armed and masked, checking children’s phones under the pretext of finding some videos.

The teens aged 15-16 were football players from Artsakh traveling to Armenia.

“The children’s bus was kept for 10-15 minutes. During that time, the Artsakh flag was scraped off the bus with a knife. Azerbaijani sources are proudly sharing the video. But the issue here is the behavior of the Azerbaijani armed forces aimed at intimidating the children and openly terrifying them,” Tatoyan said.

According to him, the video widely shared on Azerbaijani social networks is accompanied by brazen insults to children, calls to kill Armenians, and deep hatred.

“All this is the result of years of Azerbaijan’s state-sponsored anti-Armenian policy. We have documented the evidence,” the Human Rights Defender said.

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ANCA ER to honor human rights attorney Siranush Sahakyan with Freedom Award at 15th annual gala

The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region is set to honor human rights attorney Siranush Sahakyan, president of Yerevan’s International Comparative Law Center, with the ANCA Eastern Region Freedom Award at its 15th annual gala on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel beginning at 6:30 pm EDT. Among other notable contributions to the cause, Sahakyan is the human rights attorney filing cases with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Armenian Prisoners of War.

The ANCA Eastern Region Freedom Award is the highest honor the region bestows upon individuals who exhibit extraordinary courage and devotion to freedom and justice. It is presented annually at the regional gala to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions toward issues that concern Armenian-Americans. Sahakyan will join a long list of notable recipients and is deserving of the award on so many levels, including for her most recent work in helping give a voice to the voiceless POWs as a result of the most recent Azerbaijani and Turkish attacks on Artsakh, as well as her work to bring justice to the 2004 murder of Gurgen Margayan at the hands of Ramil Safarov.

Sahakyan not only serves as the president of the ICLaw, but is also the co-founder of Path of Law NGO and an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia where she also serves as the coordinator of the MA program in Human Rights and Social Justice. Through her work with the ICLaw, she is currently working in partnership with the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights on gathering evidence, witness testimony, preparing legal dossiers to file with the European Court of Human Rights, as well as other international bodies responsible for such cases, on behalf of the families of Prisoners of War and those identified as Missing in Action. 

“On behalf of the ANCA Eastern Region, I’d like to congratulate this year’s ANCA Eastern Region Freedom Award recipient Siranush Sahakyan. Siranush’s actions exemplify leadership and commitment to the Armenian Nation. Her dedication to the families of our POWs and MIAs is unwavering and as such we are truly honored to present her with this award,” said Ani Tchaghlasian, ANCA Eastern Region board chair.

Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian will preside over the gala, which will comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols, and feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and awards program beginning at 6:30 pm EDT.  The region will also honor Philadelphia activist Andrew Kzirian with the ANCA Eastern Region Vahan Cardashian Award, as well as other deserving honorees including the region’s summer interns and the ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship Program participants.

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Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan receives Ambassador of the United Kingdom

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan receives Ambassador of the United Kingdom

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan received the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Armenia John Patrick Gallagher.

Taking the opportunity of the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister congratulated the Ambassador on the appointment and wished her fruitful work during her mission. Mher Grigoryan presented to the UK Ambassador the main guidelines of the Government Action Plan.

Thanking for the reception, Ambassador John Patrick Gallagher discussed the reform process in the sphere of public administration with the Deputy Prime Minister.

During the meeting, they also touched upon the work of the Platform for Cooperation with Armenia’s Development Partners, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Glasgow, and regional developments.

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Armenian, French FMs emphasize the need to resume Karabakh peace process

Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan had a telephone conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The interlocutors hailed the continuous development of the Armenian-French privileged relations, reaffirmed their interest in expanding multidisciplinary cooperation. An agreement was reached to discuss in more detail the prospects of intensifying cooperation in the field of economy in the near future, including through the implementation of new development programs in Armenia.

The Foreign Ministers referred to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, emphasizing the need to resume the peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship. Ararat Mirzoyan noted that Armenia and the Armenian people highly appreciate the position and steps of the French government and Parliament during the days of aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh and the in the period following it.

The parties also exchanged views on humanitarian issues caused by the 44-day war, emphasizing the importance of immediate repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian hostages held in Azerbaijan.

Reference was made to the situation created by the intrusion of the Azerbaijani armed forces into the sovereign territory of Armenia. The need to make efforts to de-escalate the situation and stabilize the situation was stressed.

Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan also thanked the French side for its continued support in the fight against COVID-19.

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Armenian firm wins Metsamor NPP repair tender for first time ever

Armenian firm wins Metsamor NPP repair tender for first time ever

September 17, 2021 – 18:42 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – An Armenian company has for the first time won a large tender within the modernization project of the Metsamor nuclear power plant, Sputnik Armenia reports.

The Armenian NPP celebrates the 55th anniversary of its establishment this year, after the USSR Council of Ministers made a decision to build the first nuclear power plant in the Caucasus more than half a century ago. The plant produces more than a third of all electricity consumed in the country.

An Armenian company called M Group will repair the cooling towers, which are 100 meters high and the same in diameter, while Rusatom Service will control the process.

The overhaul should be completed by the end of the year. As a result, the plant’s capacity will increase from 390 to 440 megawatts, and its safety will remain at the proper level: it is expected that the country’s Nuclear Safety Committee will allow to extend the life of the plant until 2026.

“After the modernization is completed, it will actually be a new plant. According to the estimates of Rosatom specialists and the calculations of OKB Gidropress, the Armenian NPP can be operated until 2036,” said Rusatom Service CEO Yevgeny Salkov.

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Armenian President addresses opening of Summit of Minds, refers to 44-day war in Artsakh

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian delivered a keynote address at the opening of the Summit of Minds in Chamonix, France.

About 100 representatives of different countries held discussion on challenges and problems facing the contemporary world, as well as courage and bravery with their various manifestations.

President Sarkissian particularly referred to the 44-day war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh and the courage of the Armenian soldiers.

“I am the President of a nation whose children were at war with Azerbaijan last year. The 44-day war was not only against Azerbaijan, as that country was fighting with the open support of Turkey, with its drones, equipment, etc.,” said President Sarkissian.

The President said that during and after the war it was difficult to sign decrees on awarding the soldiers posthumously, as “behind each decree there was a broken young life and a description of everything that had happened to those young people. They were about 20 years old. They heroically defended their homeland by fighting against their ‘Goliath’.”

Speaking about courage and bravery, President Sarkissian noted that accepting and telling the truth requires courage. “We have many problems all over the world because politicians, organizations, individuals, businessmen, culture figures are not honest. In our lives, both personal and political, we see that many people pretend instead of being honest or not to lie. To overcome fear, to be brave, one must not lie, first of all, refrain from deceiving oneself. Instead, we have to face reality and act.”

President Sarkissian invited the participants of the discussion to take part in the Third Armenian Summit of Minds scheduled for October 23-24 in Dilijan, Armenia.

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Armenia strongly interested in effectively curbing the threat of international terrorism – PM

In Dushanbe, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participated in a joint meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, attended by member states of the two organizations. The situation in Afghanistan was discussed during the meeting.

At the beginning of his speech, Prime Minister Pashinyan greeted the heads of the “delegations” of the states. “First of all, I would like to congratulate all those present on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Over the years, the SCO has emerged as a potential platform for regional security and cooperation.

I would like to thank the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, for the warm reception and organization of today’s meeting.

“Our meeting comes at a time when radical change in Afghanistan has created a whole new situation in the country. Their nature has a significant impact not only on developments in the country and the region, but also on the situation and events around the world,” PM Pashinyan said, addressing the meeting.

“We are closely following developments in and around Afghanistan. The initial statements about the end of hostilities, the general amnesty of government officials, the intention to form an inclusive coalition government, respect for women’s rights in the Islamic legal system, and the desire to eradicate drug production in the country were welcomed by the international community. Prompt and full implementation of such measures would contribute to the establishment of peace, order and stability in the country,” the Armenian PM added.

He noted, however, that these intentions are yet to be reflected in the steps taken by the Taliban. “We are convinced that the guarantee of a long-term settlement of the situation in Afghanistan is a fair political process with the involvement of all Afghans and the representation of all ethnic and religious communities in the country.”

He noted that it’s necessary for all parties to show restraint, to reaffirm their readiness to resolve their differences exclusively through dialogue and negotiations.

“As a CSTO member state, we wanted peace and tranquility in all areas of collective security within the CSTO area of ​​responsibility. Armenia is strongly interested in effectively curbing the threat of international terrorism in the CSTO and SCO regions. In the absence of an adequate response at the right time, this could lead to further escalation of the situation, with the penetration of terrorist networks into neighboring countries, especially conflict zones,” Pashinyan stated.

“We strongly condemn terrorism and extremism in all their forms and manifestations. The use of terrorist organizations by certain countries to achieve certain military-political goals is especially unacceptable,” he added.

He called for closer dialogue, cooperation, first of all, at the level of law enforcement agencies, special services, exchange of information, experience, as well as effective joint actions to neutralize the threat of terrorism within the framework of our Organization.

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Artsakh soldier wounded in Azerbaijani shooting

On September 17, at around 12:30 pm, the Azerbaijani armed forces once again violated the ceasefire in the western part of the Artsakh Republic, as a result of which Vruyr Vardan Shahramanyan, a private of the Defense Army, received a gunshot wound.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Artsakh, the relevant information was provided to the Russian peacekeeping command.

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