Thursday, November 22, 2012

Artsakh Newsletter summarizes key developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic,

ARTSAKH NEWSLETTER   

November 1-15, 2012   

Artsakh Newsletter summarizes key developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh and is prepared by the NKR Office in the United States.  

SECURITY & POLITICS  
 
President of the House of Representatives of Uruguay Jorge Orrico visited NKR and met Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan and other officials to discuss development of relations between Uruguay and NKR. Earlier in Yerevan, Jorge Orrico condemned Azerbaijan’s recent pardoning and promotion of a convicted axe murderer, stressing the importance of protection of human rights on the international arena. He also noted that Uruguay was the first country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

During his visit to Artsakh, President of the House of Representatives of Uruguay Jorge Orrico spoke at the NKR parliament. He stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of the conflict and respect freedom and basic human rights. Artsakh Speaker of the Parliament Ashot Ghoulian welcomed the visit of Uruguay delegation to Artsakh and stressed the importance of this visit for Artsakh. Later, the Uruguay delegation visited Shushi and Gandzasar as well as met Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan.    

“Rehabilitation of the Stepanakert airport is the sovereign right of the Nagorno Karabakh  Republic and pursues solely civilian and humanitarian objectives, including the realization of such a basic human right as the freedom of movement”, the NKR Foreign Ministry said in a letter circulated at the UN General Assembly and Security Council in a response to Azerbaijan’s efforts to thwart the airport’s opening.

Azerbaijan officially continues encouraging hatred against Armenians, stressed Armenia’s Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Garen Nazarian in his address during a UN session on elimination of racism, racial discrimination and intolerance.

Armenia will continue pushing for a negotiated settlement to the Karabakh conflict, but the country will not stand aside in case of new aggression against NKR from Azerbaijan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated in his interview with the Wall Street Journal. Sargsyan stressed that “…Azerbaijan is waiting for an occasion to start a conflict” and warned that that “would harm the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia but that most harm would come to the people of Azerbaijan.”

The recent meeting of Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs was an attempt to bring Azerbaijan to constructive dialogue, said Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan.

Azerbaijan did not allow U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar to visit the site in Julfa, Nakhijevan, where a medieval Armenian cemetery with thousands of cross-stone monuments (khachkars) was destroyed by the Azerbaijani authorities in 2005 (see the video). The Armenian National Committee of America called on the U.S. Ambassador to visit the area and to secure public access to the site. See full documentary on the subject.  

BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Growth in the construction sector continues in Artsakh, with $65 million invested in the first nine months of this year. See video.

Base Metals Company is preparing to put into operation a new ore deposit in the area of Tsakhkashen in Martakert region, NKR within two years.

SOCIETY

‘Hayastan’ All-Armenian Fund’s 15th international telethon will take place on November 22 live between 8:00am-8:00pm PST. (click for more info). This year’s contributions will assist in the rural development in Armenia and Artsakh and the urgent humanitarian needs of Syrian Armenians.
 
President Sahakyan stressed the importance of rural development projects for Artsakh, in his speech during the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s annual fundraising dinner in Moscow that secured pledges of more than $12 million. NKR President called upon Armenians to participate actively in the upcoming telethon.

Shoushi played host for a joint meeting of NKR and Armenian parliaments’ standing committees on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs.

A few words about Artsakh

The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, was established in 1991 basing on a declaration of the local legislature, and results of a subsequent nation-wide referendum. The people of Artsakh defended their choice in a war unleashed by Azerbaijan.

 The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh has emerged as a democratic, rule-of-law state with capable armed forces, a growing market economy, and an independent foreign policy.

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