The Day of the Armenian Army

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January 28th marks the 18th anniversary of the formation of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia. The history of Armenian army, however, is far longer: legend holds, that 4501 years ago the founding father of the Armenian people, Haik Nahapet, organized the first ever formation of the Armenian army and defeated their foe, Assyrian ruler Bel, thus gaining his independence and establishing the Armenian nation.

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First snow in Yerevan, municipality does its thing…

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The snow was badly delayed this year. While its common to have the first snow in Yerevan late in November or early in December, this year’s first snow only came down on us on January 25. There’s global worming for you!

The municipal authorities were well prepared this time for a change. When I woke up this morning to take the kid to school, the main streets and even sidewalks were quite drivable/walkable in my Erebuni neighborhood.

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Presidents meet in Sochi, agree on 'preamble' of Karabakh agreement

Russia -- Presidents of Armenia (R), Russia (C) and Azerbaijan (L) discuss Karabakh resolution in Sochi, 25Jan2010

Armenian President Serzh Sargsian met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliev in Sochi today with the mediation of Russia’s President Dmitri Medvedev. The meeting ended in an agreement on the preamble to Karabakh deal.
“”Today, the main result was the agreement, which although we have some parts of the document that are not object of mutual consent, all the sides will prepare their concrete proposals, their concrete wording of all these parts, which will be worked into the text,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting, adding, that the presidents have agreed on the ‘preamble’ of the Karabakh agreement. Continue reading “Presidents meet in Sochi, agree on 'preamble' of Karabakh agreement”

U.S. Praises Armenian Constitutional Court Ruling despite Turkey's claims


The United States welcomed the ruling by Armenia’s Constitutional Court late on Friday, effectively dismissing Turkey’s claims that it runs counter to the Turkish-Armenian fence-mending agreements, RFE/RL reports.
Turkey had been inventing all sorts of non-existing ‘preconditions, limitations’ in Armenian Constitutional Court’s ruling on the Armenia-Turkey normalization protocols, in an attempt to back away from the rapprochement process while laying the blame on Armenia. UPDATED
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Aznavour, French music stars record a soundtrack to aid Haiti


World famous French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour and two dozens of other famous French singers have just finished recording a beautiful song: “Un Geste Pour Haiti Cherie”. It is a song-appeal to encourage people to make donations on behalf of the Caribbean island hit by a disasterous earthquake last week. Continue reading “Aznavour, French music stars record a soundtrack to aid Haiti”

Co-Chairs' latest articulation of the Basic Principles

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France, Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States and Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov of the Russian Federation (OSCE/Susanna Lööf)

OSCE Minsk group co-chairs have issued a statement today, sharing details of their latest regional visit within the frameworks of the Karabakh peaceful negotiation process.
They have, in fact, shared only one detail to be more exact, using 3 large blocks of text to describe it:  Co-Chairs (Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov, the Russian Federation; Ambassador Bernard Fassier, France; Ambassador Robert Bradtke, United States) have delivered to Armenian President Serzh Sargsian an updated version of the Madrid Document of November 2007, containing the Co-Chairs’ latest articulation of the Basic Principles on January 20-th. Continue reading “Co-Chairs' latest articulation of the Basic Principles”

HRW points to lack of 'meaningful investigation' into March'08 violence

“The Armenian authorities have yet to ensure meaningful investigations into excessive use of police force during March 2008 clashes with opposition supporters protesting alleged fraud in the previous month’s presidential election, and address related allegations of abuse in police custody,”  Human Rights Watch, a recognized human rights watchdog, said in a report released today.
The 612-page report, the organization’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights trends in more than 90 nations and territories worldwide.
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