Stepanakert airport officially put into operation
Stepanakert airport has officially been put into operation, head of Nagorno Karabakh civil aviation department said.
As Dmitry Atbashyan told a PanARMENIAN
reporter, the airport received a certificate on September 28, stating
it meets the international standards, including the security ones.
IMF predicts a 6.2 percent economic growth in Armenia in 2012
An IMF mission led by Mark Horton visited Yerevan during September
5–18 to conduct discussions for the Fifth Review of the Extended Fund
Facility/Extended Credit Facility arrangements and the 2012 Article IV
consultations. After return to IMF headquarters, Mr. Horton made the
“Macroeconomic conditions have continued to improve over the past
year. With a positive harvest and dynamic mining and services sectors,
growth is expected to reach 6.2 percent in 2012 and to moderate to 4.3
percent in 2013, as the economy returns to trend and given conditions in
Europe and Russia. Inflation remains moderate, driven by the
agricultural rebound and a sound policy framework, and is expected to
remain within the target band (4±1.5 percent) of the Central Bank of
Armenia (CBA) during the rest of 2012 and in 2013..
Asian Development Bank wants to study road quality in Armenia
– Armenian Minister of Transportation and Communication Gagik Beglaryan
received a delegation headed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
representative Yesim Elhan-Kayalar on Friday.
representative stated that they intend to touch upon priorities of the
ministry, discuss further process of bilateral cooperation of service
and maintenance of infrastructures, ministerial press service reports.
Minister stated that one of the priorities is to improve quality of
roads, increase service terms and organize works productively.
NATO representative visits Armenia
NATO Liaison Officer on South Caucasus Region, William Lahue, paid a working visit to Armenia on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Lahue was received by First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, MOD press service informs.
During the meeting, they discussed the Armenia-NATO cooperation in the sphere of defense and the avenues for expanding this cooperation, as well as NATO’s assistance to Armenia’s defense reforms. Also, they reflected on regional security in the South Caucasus. 24.08.12 More
Constructions of financial center in Dilijan (Armenia) to be completed in 2013
The constructions of a financial center in the Armenian Dilijan will be completed in 2013, Dilijan mayor, Armen Santrosyan, told reporters Tuesday.
According to the mayor, the municipality has handed to the Central Bank the local library building that will house an electronic library, a training center and Tumo center for creative technologies.
He said there are other large construction projects underway in the town. One is construction of international school and the other is a health and training center being built by the State Revenue Committee. 22.08.12 More
National Security Service of Armenia revises shelter provision policy
National Security Service of Armenia with a legislative change will exclude the provision of shelter for those people who can be dangerous for the national security of the country. Armenpress reports that the Government approved during its session on August 16 the project of making changes in the law “About refugees and shelter” presented by NSS.
NSS Director Gorik Hakobyan told that by the project is planned to fix additionally that the provision of shelter will be refused if according to NSS conclusion the one who applies for shelter may represent danger for national security of Armenia. 16.08.12 More
Armenia to import explosives and detonators for mining
Armenia will import over 10,000 explosives and 8,000 detonators by the end of this year, which will be used to mine the natural resources.
Those explosives will be imported by the ALNES Construction LLC, Ekolur reports. Permission for the company to import the explosives will be discussed in the Government’s Thursday session, submitted by the Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan. 15.08.12 More
Armenia attends International Conference on Syria held in Tehran
Armenian ambassador to Iran Grigor Arakelyan has participated in the International Conference on Syria held in Tehran, spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Minister Tigran Balayan told Tert.am. Armenia’s proposal, though, voiced over the Syria crisis is not yet publicized.
According to Iranian Fars news agency delegates of 30 world countries and international bodies participating in the International Conference on Syria in the Iranian capital issued a final statement at the end of their meeting Thursday evening. 10.08.12 More
There is a great demand of IT qualified specialists in Armenia
The fact that in modern world it is not possible to reach the achievement of many things without developing informational technologies is not news for anyone. Despite the idea that some steps have been implemented we can not consider the issue solved. On the theme Armenpress had a talk with Hovik Musayelyan - the director of CJSC “Synopsys Armenia” which is one of the leaders of the field. 08.08.12 More
Armenia to host military drills of CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces
The Ivanovskaya 98th Airborne Division will take part in military drills of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO in Armenia in September, RIA Novosti cites Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov, Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces.
Russian Airborne Troops will also take part in the Kavkaz-2012 drills in the Southern Military District on September 17-23. The 7th Guards Air Assault Division of Novorossiysk will be involved. Airborne operations will be organized at Kapustin Yar (Astrakhan Region), Ashuluk (Astrakhan Region) and Rayevskoye (Krasnodar Territory). 02.08.12 More
Armenia and Switzerland are among countries recorded deflation
In 27 member-states of European Union, CIS and several other countries of the world the consumer prices have been restrain in the first half of 2012. Inflation does not almost record two-digit numbers in world market: variations begin from 0.1 only in exclusive cases reaching 10.5 percent. 01.08.12 More
NATO general visited Armenia
A delegation, led by NATO Brigadier General Rob van Der Meier, was in Armenia, between Wednesday and Friday, on a working visit.
And Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan received General van Der Meier on Thursday, MOD press service informs.
During the meeting, they discussed the prospects for experience exchange, the approaches toward the challenges facing modern medical services, adjusting of work methods, and carrying out effective cooperation between the Armenian Armed Forces’ Department of Military Medicine and the medical services of the armed forces of NATO member countries. 27.07.12 More
Armenia’s FM attends EU, Eastern Partnership meeting in Brussels
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian participated in the European Union and Eastern Partnership foreign ministers’ meeting, which was held Monday in Brussels. Addressing the session, Nalbandian stated that the Eastern Partnership’s past track-record and its current activities bespeak the program’s vitality.
“Eastern Partnership’s ministerial meetings offer a god opportunity to exchange views on stimulating cooperation. 24.07.12 More
Karabakh elections complied with principles of international law - ICES
The official international observer mission of the International expert Center for Electoral Systems (ICES) considers the presidential election process in Nagorno-Karabakh—or Artsakh—as an established democratic act of expression of will by the republic’s citizens, an act which is consistent with international norms, the aforesaid mission’s chief Alexander Tsinker stated during a press conference on Friday.
The observers also noted that falsification of election results was not recorded at the polling stations and when the records were being submitted to the Central Electoral Commission. The international observers visited 52 polling stations. 20.07.12 More
U.S. Army Europe Commander visited Armenia
The commander of U.S. Army troops stationed in Europe, Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, met with Armenia’s top military leaders and discussed growing U.S.-Armenian military ties during a visit to Yerevan on Wednesday.
Hertling held separate talks with Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian and Colonel General Yuri Khachaturov, chief of the Armenian army’s General Staff, on the second leg of a regional tour that he began in Georgia on Tuesday. He also visited Armenia’s main military academy and watched training exercises held by Armenian soldiers. 19.07.12 More
The next meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers is in September
The coming meeting of Foreign affairs minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian and Foreign affairs minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov will take place in September. The meeting on the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will take place in New York during the session of General Assembly of UN.
Armenpress reports calling Azerbaijani Medias that about this declared Azerbaijani FM Mamedyarov during the joint press conference with Foreign affairs minister of Poland Sikorski. 18.07.12 More
Armenian Defense Minister and Minsk Group Co-Chairs discussed the situation in the contact line
Defense Minister of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan on July 13 hosted OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Robert Bradtke (USA), Jacques Faure (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) who are in Armenia on regional visit. Armenpress was informed from public relations and press department of the Defense Ministry that in the meeting also took part Personal representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-office Andrzej Kasprzyk. 13.07.12 More
US and Armenian Governments launch anti-corruption awareness project
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John A. Heffern and Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgian officially launched a joint anti-corruption awareness project at Zvartnots International Airport on Thursday.
The $77,000 project, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, falls within the framework of the “Joint Action Plan Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Armenia on Combating Smuggling of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials” that Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed in 2008. 12.07.12 More
Armenia’s Defense Minister discusses bilateral military cooperation with Ukraine’s ambassador
Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan received Ukrainian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia Ivan Kukhta on July 10.
At the course of the meeting the interlocutors touched upon bilateral military cooperation and regional security issues of mutual interest and concern, information and public relations department informed Armenpress. 10.07.12 More
Armenian Deputy PM meets with Iranian interior minister
Armenia’s Deputy PM and Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan on Monday received a delegation led by Iran’s Minister of Interior, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar.
The Deputy PM expressed confidence that the parties will discuss the expanding of bilateral cooperation, Territorial Administration Ministry’s Public Relations Department informs.
Noting that both countries have a warm and dynamically developing ties, Gevorgyan highlighted that trade volume is growing, too. “We have very ambitious projects in the agenda of our bilateral relations. Also, they have a huge regional importance,” noted the Deputy PM. 09.07.12 More
Armenia’s Defense Minister heads to Kaliningrad
Armenia’s delegation led by Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan on Wednesday headed for Kaliningrad, Russia, to attend CIS Defense Ministers’ Council regular session to be held in Kaliningrad on Thursday.
At the event, the attendants will discuss the avenues toward developing military and military-technical cooperation within CIS circles. 04.07.12 More
Armenian peacekeepers will return to Kosovo
The Armenian military unit, which conducted a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, will return there. The 35-member peacekeeping platoon will head to Kosovo on Friday.
In all likelihood, the Armenian unit will serve within the American troops, Armenian Armed Forces Peacekeeping Brigade Commander, Major General Arthur Simonyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
To note, the Armenian military unit returned from Kosovo in February of this year because Greece had ended its peacekeeping mission there, and the Armenian platoon was partaking in the mission within the Greek military unit. 03.07.12 More
Armenian President, EU High Representative discuss the agenda of Armenia-EU relations
Within the framework of the visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton.
The parties discussed the agenda of the Armenia-EU relations. They stressed the importance of developing cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership program. Discussed were issues pertinent to the Armenia-EU negotiations on the Association Agreement, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, facilitation of the movement of people, as well as to the dialogue with the EU regarding the format of the assistance to the reforms conducted in our country. 28.06.12 More
Armenian-Chinese cooperation is developing -Armenian President
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Wednesday received the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China Grand Justice of the Second Rank, Jiang Bixin
The President stressed that the Armenian-Chinese cooperation is developing in all domains and ties between the two friendly states are further strengthening, and that the testimony of this fact is the Chinese supreme court delegation’s current visit to Armenia, the President’s Press Office informed Armenian News-NEWS.am. 27.06.12 More
Newly appointed Iranian ambassador presents credentials to Armenian FM
Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian received newly appointed Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Raiesi on Monday for the ceremony of receiving credentials’ copies.
Edward Nalbandian mentioned that the Armenian and Iranian nations are connected with their past, present and future, which serves as a strong basis for the cooperation between the two countries in the future.
The Armenian FM wished luck to the newly appointed ambassador expressing hope that the diplomat will give an impetus to expanding bilateral relations and deepening of cooperation. 26.06.12 More
Armenia is considering Iranian proposal to open consulate in Tavriz
Iran has suggested to the Republic of Armenia to open consulate in Tavriz. Armenpress reports that ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Armenia to Iran Grigor Arakelyan informed Iranian Mehr agency that Armenia is discussing the suggestion.
“After solution of some issues the consulate will be opened” said Arakelyan. The ambassador also informed that President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan will take part in the summit of non-aligned movement which will take place on August 29-31 in Tehran. 24.08.12 More
Israeli Minister arrives on official visit to Armenia
Information and Diaspora Minister of Israel Yuli-Yoel Edelstein is arriving on an official visit to Armenia on Thursday, Israeli consul in the Caucasus Ron Schechter told reporters.
The Minister will attend the ceremony dedicated to 20th anniversary of registration of the Jewish community in Armenia. He plans to hold several working meetings and will make a tour of Armenia. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and the accompanying delegation will stay in Armenia till Sunday then to leave for Georgia. 23.08.12 More
“British Airways” company not to launch flights to Armenia started October
“British Airways” company will cease flight services to Yerevan since this October. “Zvartnots” airport information department responsible Gevorg Abrahamyan confirmed this information in a conversation with Armenpress.
“British Airways” company’s Armenian branch explains the ceasing of the flights to Armenia with the fact of being technically not so profitable. Currently more than three dozen airports are collaborating with “Zvartnots” airport.
The airport is able to accept any type of aircraft, up to and including the Antonov An-124, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus 380. 21.08.12 More
116 Armenian peacekeepers to participate in multinational maneuvers in Germany
On August 15, the U.S. Embassy joined Armenian members of the Armenian Peace Keeping Brigade at Zvartnots Airport to send off 116 Armenian peacekeepers who will train alongside American, Romanian and Ukrainian soldiers in Germany. The Armenian personnel will train for three weeks and are expected to return to Armenia on September 4.
In Germany, the Armenian peacekeepers will prepare for their upcoming tours in Kosovo, where they will be based at the U.S. Bondsteel Military Base, near the city of Urosevac, and serve for 6-month rotations. In Kosovo, the peacekeepers will be responsible for conducting patrols, checkpoint security, riot and crowd control, and convoy activity. 15.08.12 More
Armenia to take part in CSTO peacekeeping military exercises
The joint peacekeeping military exercises of Collective Security Treaty Organization member countries will take place in October in Kazakhstan. Armenpress reports calling “Novosti-Kazakhstan” agency that about this declared representative of Russian armed forces, lieutenant colonel Nikolay Donyushkin.
“Indestructible Brotherhood – 2012” military exercises will take place in Kazakhstan in period between October 8-17 and they will be directed the preparation of peace establishment actions in the region” said Donyushkin. 14.08.12 More
Armenia and Indonesia plan to develop cooperation
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian arrived on a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday. On the same day he met with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa.
Minister Nalbandian said the visit marks 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Indonesia. The main goal of his visit is to come to arrangement to develop multilateral cooperation.
Foreign Minister informed about Armenia’s intention to open embassy in Jakarta “which will give a new impetus to bilateral relations”. In his turn Natalegawa promised his government’s support. 09.08.12 More
Armenian peacekeepers will be located in a new military base in Afghanistan
The new detachment of Armenian armed forces consisting of 61 people on August 2 will leave for Afghanistan. Armenpress was informed about this by the commander of Armenian armed forces’ peacekeeping brigade Arthur Simonyan.
He also informed that before that Armenian peacekeepers held trainings in Germany. “As previous years they will not be located in Kunduz or Mazari Sharif, this year they will be located in a new military base in Maikspann. In Mazari Sharif we will not hold mission any more” informed Simonyan. 02.08.12 More
Armenian President meets Armenian community in London
On July 30, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan attended the reception organized by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's British office.
“The more powerful and developed the Republic of Armenia is, the stronger each Diaspora Armenian feels,” RA leader said, hailing Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s efforts in uniting Diaspora institutions and representatives. 31.07.12 More
EU discusses the issues of its representative access to Nagorno-Karabakh
European Union discusses the issues of its special representative Philippe Lefort’s unimpeded access to Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenpress reports that about this declared the High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton after the council of Foreign affairs ministers in Brussels.
“We want to strengthen the confidence between those people who live in tense and unstable conditions. I would like to mention that during all meetings these are important and discussed issues” mentioned the High Representative of EU during the briefing. 25.07.12 More
Yerevan hosts seminar on EU-Armenia Free Trade Area talks
On July 20, EU Advisory Group, in collaboration with Economy Ministry organized a seminar focusing on challenges and opportunities in EU-Armenia negotiations on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The seminar aimed at analyzing the opportunities and challenges on the way to achieving a free trade area with the EU.
As Armenian Economy Minister Tigran Davtyan said, opening the seminar, “Armenia is ready for a liberal trade regime with all of its trade partners. Significant progress was reported with CIS states, with a free trade area agreement signed.” 20.07.12 More
Nagorno Karabakh Republic is electing its new President
The fifth presidential elections are underway Thursday at the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). All 273 polling stations in the country, and one polling station in NKR’s Permanent Representation in Armenia, have opened their doors at 8am.
The total number of eligible voters is 98,909.
The elections are followed by around 80 observers from numerous countries and by an official delegation from Armenia. 19.07.12 More
US and EU participate in field training trans-border exercise with Armenia and Georgia
The US Departments of State, Defense, and Energy and the European Commission participated in a series of field training exercises with Armenia and Georgia from July 9-12.
The exercises used realistic scenarios to demonstrate and strengthen notification and response procedures in the event of illicit movement of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related materials, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. 13.07.12 More
Armenia could join Russia’s, Kazakhstan’s regional air defense system
Next year Russia and Kazakhstan will create a joint air defense system, Kazakhstan’s Air Defense Troops Commander Nurzhan Mukanov stated during a press conference on Wednesday, Mir News Agency informs.
And Armenia likewise could join this regional air defense system. In the words of Chairman Roman Dyachenko of the Air Defense Coordinating Committee of the CIS Defense Ministers Council, all agreements are prepared “for creating a joint regional air defense system with Armenia.” 11.07.12 More
Russia is ready to become the guarantor of agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh: Chairman of State Duma
Russia is ready to be the guarantor of the agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict if there is found such solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which will be satisfactory for the sides of the conflict. Armenpress reports that about this declared Chairman of Russian State Duma Sergey Narishkin during the meeting with students in Baku. “Russia has always been for security and stability inSouth Caucasus. 09.07.12 More
EU asks for unconditional access for EU representatives to Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions
“Armenia has brought so much to European history and culture – your country’s influence is familiar to all Europeans, whether or not they have had the good fortune to visit. And I believe we have still much to share in the future,” President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said, speaking at the Armenian National Assembly.
“I have always been captivated by your country's rich and remarkable history. As the most ancient Christian nation, you have among the most venerable churches and monasteries in the world,” he added. 04.07.12 More
“EU and countries of South Caucasus” conference took place in Germany
The ambassador of Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany Armen Martirosyan on June 29 took part in the conference on the theme “European Union and the countries of South Caucasus” organized by the institute of the Eastern Europe Law. Armenpress was informed from Media, information and public relations department of Armenian Foreign affairs ministry that experts, lecturers, students and journalists took part in the event. 03.07.12 More
Armenia attends OSCE Annual Security Review Conference
The OSCE Annual Security Review Conference is continuing inVienna, during which a particular attention is given to matters concerning the settlement of present-day conflicts.
The event’s keynote speaker was the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Eric Rubin, who reflected on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and said:
“As one of three Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, the United States remains committed at the highest levels to assisting the sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to reach a lasting and peaceful settlement. The Minsk Group has proven vital to preventing a return to war and to bringing the parties to the conflict closer to a negotiated peace. In January of this year, the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia issued a joint statement in Sochi that committed them to ‘accelerate’ reaching agreement on the Basic Principles, as well as continuing work on humanitarian contacts and a mechanism to investigate incidents along the frontlines. 28.06.12 More
Armenian-Austrian Business Forum in Yerevan
The third Armenian-Austrian Business Forum was convened in Yerevan today. Sixteen Austrian companies participate in the forum.
Despite the warm friendly relations, the economic cooperation between Armenia and Austria is not that active. The commodity turnover reduced to $50 mln in 2011 against the $61 mln in 2010. 26.06.12 More
Armenia, Lithuania sign defense cooperation agreement
A delegation led by Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Ms. Rasa Juknevičienė arrived in Armenia on Sunday for a two-day official visit.
And the delegation from Lithuania met with Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and senior officials and officers from the MOD and the Armed Forces, MOD press service informs. The parties explored the avenues for developing Armenian-Lithuanian cooperation in the defense sector. And during the talks concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Lithuanian side noted that it is in favor of the issue’s peaceful settlement. 25.06.12 More
NATO+Armenia meeting takes place at NATO headquarters
NATO meeting took place on Thursday at the NATO headquarters in order to discuss the report on cooperation between Armenia and NATO in 2011. The Armenian delegation was led by Deputy FM Ashot Hovakimyan and First Deputy Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan.
The Armenia+NATO meeting was chaired by NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai. 22.06.12 More
Representatives of Armenia to meet with Kansas National Guard leaders
Two top military officers from the republic of Armenia are in Kansas this week to meet with senior National Guard leaders in Topeka and observe training in Salina, reports Armenpress citing Nebraska TV.
The visit comes as Armenia's military transitions from a conscripted force to one with a professional noncommissioned officer corps. 18.06.12 More
Armenian Defense Ministry hosts international conference
The sixth annual conference of education specialists of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense academies and security studies institutes kicked off on June 12 at Armenia’s Defense Ministry.
According to the Defense Ministry’s press release, this year’s conference entitled “New students, new methods and new assessments” is aimed at holding discussion on new approaches and methods on defense and military education and training. Representatives of Armenia, Albania, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mauritania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Ukraine, the USA are participating in the event. 13.06.12 More
Procurator-General of China and General Prosecutor of Armenia sign a program of cooperation
On 11 June, 2012, the Procurator-General of the People's Republic of China Cao Jianming and the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Armenia Aghvan Hovsepyan signed a Program of Cooperation between the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia for 2012-2013.
The sides arranged to organize joint seminars and round tables to discuss issues related to the peculiarities of the investigation of separate crimes, by indicating the timetable of the events. 12.06.12 More