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Nikol Pashinyan confesses where he hid after 1 March 2008

Yerevan mayoral candidate from the Yelk (Way Out) bloc, Nikol Pashinyan, made an important statement during the election campaign on Wednesday, News.am reports.

At the meeting with the residents of one of the houses of Yerevan’s Kanaker district, Pashinyan stated that he lived in that house for four months when he was in hiding in 2008-2009. Pashinyan’s confession surprised even  members of the Yelk bloc.

Nikol Pashinyan was in hiding after the events of 1 Match 2008, fearing political persecutions. On 1 July 2009, he voluntarily tuned in to the law enforcement authorities. Pashinyan was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison, but he was granted amnesty and set free.


Armen Poghosyan: Panic over Azerbaijani apples is caused by ignorance

The alarming reports of the past several days about the sale of Azerbaijani apples at Armenian sale points have caused a stir in the country.

Immediately after receiving the information, the State Service for Food Safety (SSFS) of the Armenian Agriculture Ministry launched large-scale inspections at the market. SSPS inspectors prohibited sale of the apples across the country and ordered destruction of the batches of Azerbaijani apples.

A1+ Company has talked to Armen Poghosyan, Chairman of Consumers’ Association of Armenia, who the panic is caused by ignorance.

“First, there are not such terms as Turkish tomatoes and Azerbaijani apples. Those apples were to be grown somewhere. Second, it is such phenomena cannot be excluded,” Mr Poghosyan said.


Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs likely to meet in near future

On April 26, Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, received Herbert Salber, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Crisis in Georgia.

The interlocutors discussed the efforts exerted by Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair countries towards the creation of appropriate conditions for the advancement of the Nagorno Karabakh peaceful settlement process. A necessity to implement the agreements reached at the Summits in Vienna and Saint Petersburg last year was emphasised.

During the meeting, a reference was made to the possible meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan.


Pyunik and Shirak to compete for Armenian Cup

Pyunik and Shirak will compete for the Armenian Cup.
This became known after the match between FC Shirak and FC Gandzasar-Kapan which ended in a draw. As Shirak had won the previous game, the team entered the finals.


Serzh Sargsyan receives EU Special Representative Herbert Salber

Serzh Sargsyan received today the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and for the Crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber.

At the beginning of the meeting, Serzh Sargsyan congratulated Herbert Salber on the extension of his mandate by the EU Council and wished him every success. Serzh Sargsyan noted that the work of the EU Special Representative is highly appreciated also in Armenia, since its main objective is to establish the atmosphere of confidence among the parties for a peaceful resolution of the NK conflict. It can be very beneficial and supportive to the efforts undertaken by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.

At the meeting, the parties spoke about the Armenia-EU relations, parliamentary elections held in Armenia and works to be conducted by the government after the elections, reforms implemented in different areas, as well as the opportunities for moving the NK peace process forward.

Herbert Salber congratulated Serzh Sargsyan on the successful parliamentary elections and underscored that the elections were a significant step forward from the viewpoint of stability, strengthening of democracy in the country while some observed problems, according to Mr. Salber, are solvable.

The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and for the Crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber spoke with satisfaction about the accomplishments registered recently in the Armenia-EU relations, noting Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to Brussel in February 2017 when there was announced the conclusion of the negotiations between Armenia and the European Union on the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement which was initialed on March 21 in Yerevan.

The President of Armenia thanked for the congratulations and stressed the importance of a considerable assistance provided by the EU in the pre-election period which played its role in conducting the elections in line with international standards.

The President of Armenia and the EU Special Representative Herbert Salber discussed the opportunities for moving the NK peace process forward, existing at this point problems and concerns, as well as issues related to the EU commitment to find a peaceful solution to the problem and possible avenues for assistance. The EU Special Representative assured that the European Union is interested and ready to assist within the limits of its abilities to the resolution of the problem and supports the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group dealing with the issue.


Temperature to go up by 6-8 degrees in Armenia

No precipitation is expected in Armenia on April 27 and 28. Rain with thunderstorm is expected in most regions of the country in the second half of the day on April 29 and 3. Hail is possible in separate places.

During thunderstorm, the wind speed will exceed up to 15-20 m/s.

The air temperature will gradually go up by 6-8 degrees from April 27.

No precipitation is expected in Yerevan between April 27 and May1. Rain with thunderstorm is expected in the afternoon of April 29-30. During thunderstorm the wind speed will exceed up to 15-18 m/s.


Do not count your chickens before they are hatched: New performance to be premiered in Yerevan

Narek Duryan, a famous actor, director and founder of “La Boheme,” is celebrating his birthday on April 26. The actor likes to celebrate his birthday with new performances.

This year, he his students are graduating from the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography and this new performance will be part of their diploma thesis.

“I wanted to introduce these young people to the audience, help them make their first appearance on stage,” says Mr Duryan.

“They wrote the plot and brought it to me. I read and liked it but … a terrible thing happened. It seemed that a competition had started between me, a man in his 50s, and those 20-year-old young people. I told them that they should not lose to me and now I am convinced that they will not,” he continues.

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The performance entitled “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched” presents the relations between a lecturer and his students, relations between fathers and sons. A reality reflected in a performance, a performance woven into reality. And most importantly, the performance focuses on high values without unnecessary pathos.

Twenty-five actors will appear on the same stage at a time.

The premiere will take place on May 3


Garnik Isagulyan: HHK carried out three-layer campaign

The Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) was the only party to field candidates in all constituencies across the country under the preferential voting system, Chairman of the National Security Party Garnik Isagulyan said today.

He says the party carried out a three-layer campaign. HHK-backed candidates worked separately on the first layer. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan helped the party on the second layer and finally, Serzh Sargsyan worked with individual candidates in all 13 constituencies.

Garnik Isagulyan says the Congress-HZhK alliance did not take seats in the National Assembly after the April 2 parliamentary elections, ‘because people clearly realize that one cannot achieve peace through concessions.’ “Peace is not begged for, peace is won,” he said.


CEC says opposition appeal is ‘groundless’

Armenia’s Constitutional Court continues the hearing of an appeal demanding annulment of the official results of the April 2 parliamentary elections. The appeal was submitted by the Congress-HZhK alliance.

CC Chairman Gagik Harutyunyan refused the motion of the alliance representatives who wanted to attach additional material to the material. Harutyunyan tried to justify his decision saying it would make them postpone the hearing and study the documents.

Karen Bisharyan, an authorized representative of the Office of Prosecutor General, wondered why the alliance did not appeal to their Office if it had information about violations at hand. Levon Zurabyan, Vice-Chairman of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), the reason was that the alliance did not trust the the Office of Prosecutor General and blamed it of ‘criminal inaction.’

Gagik Harutyunyan reprimanded Karen Bisharyan saying he was supposed to ask questions without any interpretations.

To prove his statement, Levon Zurabyan cited the scandalous recordings of school principals and directors of kindergartens and added that no one was punished after the ‘revelation of the crime.’

Whether you like it or not, now we are going to hear the augments of the respondent,” said Gagik Harutyunyan.
Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), Tigran Mukuchyan, said the recordings had nothing to do with the content of the appeal.

“We are dealing with an appeal which is absolutely groundless and has mistakes in it,” he said.


Armenian FM welcomes the move of the Czech Republic

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian welcomes recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Chamber of Deputies (Lower House of Parliament) of the Czech Republic.

“Armenia welcomes the adoption of a resolution which condemns and recognizes the Armenian Genocide and other crimes against humanity. The resolution, together with President Milos Zeman’s announcements on condemning the Armenian Genocide, is a valuable contribution by the Czech Republic to the great cause of preventing genocides and crimes against humanity,” Edward Nalbandian said.


Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan to meet in Moscow

Foreign Ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Moscow, Russian, on April 28. The meeting will be held at the invitation of the Russian FM.

The discussions will focus on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.


2017 World Press Freedom Index: Armenia yields positions in terms of press freedom

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released 2017 World Press Freedom Index where Armenia is ranked 79th among 180 countries – – down by five scores from the previous report published in 2016.

“The print media are diverse and polarized, investigative journalism prospers on the Internet, but pluralism lags behind in the broadcast media. In the crucial transition to digital TV, a future space for critical broadcasters will depend on the impartiality of the frequency bidding process. The Ilur.am news website and the Hraparak newspaper won an important legal victory in October 2015 when the constitutional court issued a ruling upholding the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. But police violence against journalists continues and still goes unpunished. In July 2016, a dozen journalists were injured while covering the use of force to break up a demonstration,” said RSF.

Turkey is ranked 155th (-4), Azerbaijan is placed 162nd (+1), Georgia – 64th, Iran – 165th, Russia – 148th and the US – 43rd in the latest world rankings for press freedom published by the media watchdog.


Sona Gharibyan appointed Chief Adviser to Defense Minister

Armenian Defense Minister has signed an order to appoint Sona Gharibyan as his chief adviser.

Gharibyan was born in Yerevan in August 1969.

She graduated from the State University of Architecture and has held different positions ever since.

Sona Gharibyan is married and has two daughters.


Defense Minister off to Moscow

A delegation led by Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan has left for Moscow Moscow to participate in the 6th Moscow Conference on International Security.

The Armenian official is scheduled to hold a number of meetings on the sidelines of the conference.


Once I fell down and have been unable to walk again ever since – says elderly woman

Lida Mejlumyan has been lying sick in bed for two years now. She gets out of bed only in exceptional cases.

Eight years ago, the 73-year-old woman acquired a physical disability following an acute ischaemic stroke. “I did not have a walker and had to move around with a stick. Once I fell down in the corridor and have been unable to walk again ever since,” she says.

“The woman had to ask her neighbour for a walker. A doctor came and examined me. Then he told me to go and receive a walker for free. Soon, I began receiving calls, one after another, informing me that I did not have a contract,” she continues.

Lida Mejlumyan finally got a walker a few days ago.

Karen Babakhanyan, Head of the Procurement Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, says they want to make the procurement process more competitive and problems arise in the result.

A competition is announced every December for prosthetic devices and supplies. “As usual, we again announced a competition in December 2016 but one of the participants disputed it and the procedure was suspended for 2 months,” he said.

For many years, two companies have been supplying prosthetic supplies. This, he says, created unfair conditions for competition. “They divided everything between them, did not have any savings and spent all money,” says the official.

It is still unknown how many people will receive prosthetic services and devices but 27 wheelchairs and 50 walkers were provided after the resumption of the process.


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