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Artsakh Soccer Team Beats Abkhazia 3-0

Artsakh Soccer Team Beats Abkhazia 3-0

STEPANAKERT—The Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) National Soccer team beat Abkhazia 3 to 0 in a friendly match played at the Stepenakert Stadium, reported the Stepanakert-based Aparaj newspaper. This was a second match between the two teams. The first took place in September in Sukhumi and the game was tied 1 to 1. The coach of the […]

Karabakh: Azerbaijan says ready for war, Armenia says ready to counterstrike

Karabakh: Azerbaijan says ready for war, Armenia says ready to counterstrike

Over the last week President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at least three times during interviews and official meetings stated that Azerbaijan is preparing for war, and the Armenian people will mobilize their full potential in the event of resumed hostilities over Karabakh. Some experts link the president’s statement to the coming election campaign. The subject […]

Air Artsakh: Stepanakert airport “certified” to service flights, to be put into operation “soon”

Air Artsakh: Stepanakert airport “certified” to service flights, to be put into operation “soon”

The first official flight from or to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s (NKR) airport that has been repeatedly delayed during the past year or so is likely to be delayed for “a little longer” despite the announcement that the facility has already been “certified” to start operations. Official reports several days ago said that the first flights […]

You can’t keep good clubs down, even if they don’t have a place to call home

You can’t keep good clubs down, even if they don’t have a  place to call home

This is the story of two neighbouring football teams, who, in a normal world, really should be playing regular derbies, since their grounds are less than half an hour away from each other. Once upon a time, in the days of the Soviet Union, they did just that. Except, you see, there’s a problem. One […]

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

An Armenian soldier was shot dead on a frontline position near Karabakh on Tuesday. Military authorities in Yerevan said according to preliminary data the 19-year-old conscript, Vaghinak Baghdasaryan, was killed by Azeri fire. A Defense Ministry statement also said that a criminal case had been instituted on a penal code article dealing with “murders on […]

Azerbaijan warns Armenia’s Sargsyan over visits to “occupied lands”

Azerbaijan warns Armenia’s Sargsyan over visits to “occupied lands”

Baku has issued more warnings to Serzh Sargsyan not to pay visits to the “occupied territories” of Azerbaijan after the Armenian leader attended a school opening ceremony in Shushi in Karabakh last weekend. The statement by Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev comes amid increased tensions in the region that some international experts fear may […]

Letter from Azerbaijan: off the map

Letter from Azerbaijan: off the map

The leafy boulevards of Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh, are beginning to attract visitors, but to most of the international community the republic doesn’t exist. In many ways, Stepanakert resembles a small American town on the rise. Its main boulevards have been repaved, locals stroll through the renovated central square past its elegant fountain, and hotels have […]

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses. The bloodiest was in 1994. Azeri artillery shells and mortars turned the area into a series of crisscrossing pot marks resembling fishnet stockings. In Yerevan back in […]

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh – AM

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh – AM

Նախապատմություն 2012թ. Հուլիսի 19-ին Լեռնային Ղարաբաղում (ԼՂ) տեղի ունեցան նախագահական ընտրություններ: Չնայած նրան, որ ԼՂ Հանրապետությունը միջազգայնորեն ճանաչված չէ, Հայաստանի Եվրոպական Բարեկամներ-ը վճռականորեն ողջունում է դե – ֆակտո իշխանությունների ցանկությունը` կազմակերպել ժողովրդավարական սկզբունքների վրա հիմնված տեղական ինքնակառավարում: Այս ցանկությունը ընդգծվել է իշխանությունների կողմից, որոնք հրավիրել են բազմաթիվ միջազգային դիտորդների, այդ թվում` մեր խմբին, որը բաղկացած […]

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh

Interim conclusion EOM Nagorno-Karabakh

Background On 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). While the NK Republic is internationally not recognised, European Friends of Armenia (www.EuFoA.org) strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organise local self-government based on democratic principles. This wish has been underlined by inviting a large number of international observers, including a […]

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

I was back in Artsakh after three years with a group of journalists intent on covering the situation at the frontlines. It was like a trip back in time. I was again headed to the defensive positions of the Artsakh Army in the Martakert district. We were again being transported in two army jeeps. The […]

Former RI Attorney General to Serve as Election Monitor in Artsakh

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (A.W.)—Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch arrives in Artsakh on July 18 to serve as an election monitor for the presidential election of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR), which will be held on July 19. “I congratulate the government of NKR for their commitment to a transparent and fair election. I […]

Youth; the Destiny of Artsakh

The Youth of any country is its lifeblood, none more so than in Artsakh. I remember when I first arrived in Shushi a few years ago, and I walked around the streets with my Armenian friend, just talking to each other, camera over my shoulder. There were a number of youths sitting by the mosque […]

Potable-Water Network in Artsakh’s Hadrut City Being Constructed

The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s U.S. Western Region is building a potable-water network in Artsakh’s Hadrut City, the administrative center of the Hadrut Region. The project is being realized through a major contribution by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian of Los Angeles, with additional support from the government of Artsakh. The Turpanjians were also […]

Karabakh to Take Part in Talks, Says Co-Chairman

Karabakh to Take Part in Talks, Says Co-Chairman

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)—The Russian Co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group hinted on Wednesday that Karabakh will eventually join the negotiations process, but did not indicate at exactly what point that would happen. After day-long talks in Baku, Russia’s Igor Popov and the other co-chairmen, France’s Jaque Faure and the US’s Robert Bradke, crossed the border […]

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

US, French, Russian Presidents Issue Statement on Karabakh

LOS CABOS, Mexico—Presidents of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chair countries, Barack Obama (US), Francois Hollande( France) and Vladimir Putin (Russia), issued a joint statement Monday during the G-20 Summit currently under way in the Mexican city. The three presidents urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to fulfill their promise and work toward progress on the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict […]

War and Peace: An interview with NKR Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan

War and Peace: An interview with NKR Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan

On May 2, Armenian Weekly Assistant Editor Nanore Barsoumian sat down with Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan in his Stepanakert office to discuss the challenges facing the young republic. Below is the full text of the interview. Nanore Barsoumian—Thank you for this opportunity. First, I want to ask you about Karabagh’s domestic […]

‘Normal’ shooting resumes in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

‘Normal’ shooting resumes in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

BRUSSELS – The string of recent killings in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is nothing unusual, EU diplomats in the region say. Armenia last week accused Azerbaijan of killing four of its soldiers in cross border raids. Azerbaijan says Armenia killed five of its men in a similar operation. Its media on Monday (11 June) said there […]

BREAKING NEWS: Azeri Forces Try Infiltrating Artsakh, Armenian Soldier Killed

BREAKING NEWS: Azeri Forces Try Infiltrating Artsakh, Armenian Soldier Killed

STEPANAKERT, NKR—An Azeri unit tried infiltrating Artsakh around 4 a.m. this morning from the contact point in Horatiz. The ensuing clashes resulted in the death of one Armenian soldier. Two others were injured. According to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic media services, the Azeri side also suffered losses. This is the fourth attempt in June alone […]

Air Artsakh Begins Flights this Summer

Air Artsakh Begins Flights this Summer

STEPANAKERT (Yerkir Media)—The Stepanakert Airport will begin operations this summer, according to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Civil Aviation Department head Tigran Gabrielyan. “Presently, we are completing all documents. The airport and air navigation services are in the process of certification. We are trying to create all legal components that will allow us to carry out flights […]

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