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Erdogan says Turkey “not closed” to talks with Armenia

Turkey’s President on Sunday said his country was “ready for talks with Armenia” but added Yerevan needed to take steps towards opening a “corridor” that would have to go through Armenia to connect Azerbaijan to Nakhijevan, AFP reports.

Armenia and Turkey have no diplomatic relations and the shared border has been closed since the 1990s.

Earlier this month, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Yerevan was prepared to hold discussions on repairing relations with Ankara.

“We are not closed to talks (with Armenia), we will hold the talks,” Erdogan told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving for New York where he will attend the annual UN General Assembly meetings.

“I hope that not a negative but a positive approach will prevail there,” he said. “God will

Armenia hosting its first-ever drone competition

Armenia hosting its first-ever drone competition

September 18, 2021 – 17:39 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia is hosting the first drone competition organized by the Karen Vardanyan Educational Foundation (named after the late director of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises and the man behind robotics and drone research clubs in schools).

The competition takes place at a drone training ground opened specifically for this occasion, with a 100-meter runway. It was built in the country’s Lori province for two reasons: first, there are different types of terrain (forests, mountains, roads) in a small area, and second, Vardanyan advocated that the high-tech

Former U.S. Ambassador John M. Ordway visits Armenia

Embassy Yerevan welcomes back Ambassador John M. Ordway (ret.) who led the U.S. Mission to Armenia in 2001-2004.

“We are excited to have Ambassador Ordway in Armenia, as the country celebrates 30 years of its independence and we are marking 30 years of U.S.-Armenian diplomatic relations,” the US Embassy said.

“Ambassador Ordway is looking forward to seeing first-hand some of the achievements of our nearly three decades of partnership and to catching up with old friends and colleagues.,” the Embassy noted.

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 mad

Moscow expects Baku and Yerevan to respond to proposals on border issue – Zakharova

Moscow has submitted its proposals on the process of delimitation and demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border to Baku and Yerevan and expects a quick response, official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told reporters today, TASS reports.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in certain sections of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The development of the situation, including near the village of Vorotan, reit

PM Pashinyan presents the priorities as Armenia takes over chairmanship of CSTO

During the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Dushanbe, Armenia took over the chairmanship of the organization.

A decision was made to hold the next meeting of the CSTO Security Council in Yerevan in the fourth quarter of 2022.

It was also decided to hold large-scale CSTO military exercises in Tajikistan in the near future, which will involve various units of the Armed Forces of the CSTO member states.

Addressing the summit, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the Armenian side would like partners to focus on consistent joint work aimed at the dynamic development of the organization and increase of the effectiveness of its mechanisms.

Aurora to refocus Prize on immediate crises

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced the adjustment of the structure of its flagship program, the Aurora Prize. From 2022 onwards, half of the Prize award will be directed by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to combat one of the worst humanitarian crises where human suffering requires urgent intervention. In addition, this year, considering the acute needs of the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) affected by the 2020 war, Aurora will recommend the 2021 Aurora Prize Laureate to direct $250,000 (or 25%) of the award funds to addressing urgent humanitarian issues in Artsakh. The Aurora Co-Founders are committed to matching this contribution to bring the total amount to $500,000.

Since its inception in 2016, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has awarded an annual Aurora Prize of $1M to outstanding indivi

Armenia-India friendship group to be re-established in parliament

Armenia-India friendship group to be re-established in parliament

September 15, 2021 – 16:23 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Armenian-Indian friendship group will soon be re-established in the National Assembly, which will play a significant role in expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation, President of the Parliament Alen Simonyan sais at a meeting with India’s ambassador to Yerevan Kishan Dan Dewal on Wednesday, September 15.

According to a press release from the parliament, Simonyan noted during the meeting that Armenia highly appreciates the development of friendly relations with India. Simonyan said he expects that the esta

Diaspora professionals train teachers across Armenia

Dozens of school directors and teachers from Armenia’s different regions gathered on Monday to celebrate the completion of the yearlong “School Management” courses implemented by Diaspora professionals. During the event, 17 teachers, who were part of an academic competition, received gifts for their success in developing action plans around how to integrate Armenian identity and culture within their classrooms.

The ‘School Management’ courses were organized and taught by Diaspora professionals, Narine Sirakanyan and Onnik Bayramian, who joined Armenia’s public sector as part of the RA Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs’ iGorts program. About 250 schools and 1600 principals, vice principals and teachers from around the country received training both in-person and online on the latest pedagogical strategies and techniques. Specific training topics included the Classroom Without Borders Approach, Facilitating and Not Teaching, Integrating Armenian

HRD: Azeri police checkpoint, cameras on Armenian road are illegal

HRD: Azeri police checkpoint, cameras on Armenian road are illegal

September 14, 2021 – 15:24 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Azerbaijan’s cordoned off police checkpoint, the cameras installed on a road connecting Armenian communities to each other, as well as the presence of armed troops are illegal and bust be immediately removed, Armenian Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan said in a statement on Monday, September 13.

On September 9, the Azerbaijani police set up a checkpoint on Goris-Kapan Highway, a week after blocking the road altogether.

The ombudsman’s fact-finding mission has now revealed gross human rights violation