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When will the elite be changed?

Is it possible for the RPA party fails in the elections? There is no unequivocal answer to this question. It depends on whom we call “RPA.” If we mean Ashotyan, Sharmazanov or Artak Zakaryan, then, yes, it is theoretically possible …

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  • Delegation of Armenia participated in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference  30.06.2016  On June 28-30, the delegation of Armenia, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian participated in the 2016 OSCE Annual Security Review Conference.  At the opening session, Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian welcomed keynote speaker H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Hortas, former President of East Timor and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who, in his speech, presented the necessity of the implementation of people’s right to self-determination as fundamental and universal principle of protection of the human rights.  Deputy FM Hovakimian stressed that the use of force against the right of people to self-determination constitutes grave violation of the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE commitments, and that principles and commitments taken by the OSCE participating states cannot have double reading and require unambiguous implementation. The principle of non-use of force comes first in this regard, and the OSCE is founded on that principle.  Ashot Hovakimian stressed, that there cannot be any excuse and justification for use of force, particularly in the context of the conflict, which is being addressed by a mediation format agreed by all parties to the conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Hovakimian emphasized that the use of force by Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh should be strongly condemned by international community. Importance was attached to the maintenance of the 1994-1995 trilateral ceasefire agreements, creation of mechanism of investigation of cease-fire violations, as well as expansion of the team of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. It was also pointed out, that the statements of the Azerbaijani leadership do not read Azerbaijan’s intentions to peaceful resolution of conflict and rejection of further use of force.  DFM of Armenia also delivered a speech at the session dedicated to Conflict situations in the OSCE- security aspects. In his remarks, Deputy FM Ashot Hovakimian mentioned, that the use of force by Azerbaijan constituted a serious threat to the regional security. Deputy Foreign Minister placed significance to the unconditional implementation of the agreements reached and reaffirmed in Vienna and St. Petersburg, mentioning that the Azerbaijani side blocks the proposal of the German Chairmanship on the expansion of the team of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Ashot Hovakimian stressed, that just on the eve of the St Petersburg summit Azerbaijan held large scale military exercise on the vicinity of line of contact without relevant notification which casts doubts on sincerity of Azerbaijani leadership’s readiness to implement security and confidence building measures.  In the context of Middle East crisis, DFM Hovakimian raised concern with the continuous mass atrocities perpetrated against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. He also mentioned that a number of participating states defined the atrocities committed against Christians and Yazidis as genocide. In this regard, Deputy Foreign Minister mentioned that any support provided by any state party, including the OSCE participating state, to the perpetrators may constitute complicity under the Convention of Prevention and Punishment of the Crimes of Genocide.
    Delegation of Armenia participated in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference 30.06.2016 On June 28-30, the delegation of Armenia, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian participated in the 2016 OSCE Annual Security Review Conference. At the opening session, Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimian welcomed keynote speaker H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Hortas, former President of East Timor and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who, in his speech, presented the necessity of the implementation of people’s right to self-determination as fundamental and universal principle of protection of the human rights. Deputy FM Hovakimian stressed that the use of force against the right of people to self-determination constitutes grave violation of the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE commitments, and that principles and commitments taken by the OSCE participating states cannot have double reading and require unambiguous implementation. The principle of non-use of force comes first in this regard, and the OSCE is founded on that principle. Ashot Hovakimian stressed, that there cannot be any excuse and justification for use of force, particularly in the context of the conflict, which is being addressed by a mediation format agreed by all parties to the conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Hovakimian emphasized that the use of force by Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh should be strongly condemned by international community. Importance was attached to the maintenance of the 1994-1995 trilateral ceasefire agreements, creation of mechanism of investigation of cease-fire violations, as well as expansion of the team of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. It was also pointed out, that the statements of the Azerbaijani leadership do not read Azerbaijan’s intentions to peaceful resolution of conflict and rejection of further use of force. DFM of Armenia also delivered a speech at the session dedicated to Conflict situations in the OSCE- security aspects. In his remarks, Deputy FM Ashot Hovakimian mentioned, that the use of force by Azerbaijan constituted a serious threat to the regional security. Deputy Foreign Minister placed significance to the unconditional implementation of the agreements reached and reaffirmed in Vienna and St. Petersburg, mentioning that the Azerbaijani side blocks the proposal of the German Chairmanship on the expansion of the team of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Ashot Hovakimian stressed, that just on the eve of the St Petersburg summit Azerbaijan held large scale military exercise on the vicinity of line of contact without relevant notification which casts doubts on sincerity of Azerbaijani leadership’s readiness to implement security and confidence building measures. In the context of Middle East crisis, DFM Hovakimian raised concern with the continuous mass atrocities perpetrated against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. He also mentioned that a number of participating states defined the atrocities committed against Christians and Yazidis as genocide. In this regard, Deputy Foreign Minister mentioned that any support provided by any state party, including the OSCE participating state, to the perpetrators may constitute complicity under the Convention of Prevention and Punishment of the Crimes of Genocide.
    The two houses of the French parliament passed a law criminalizing the denial of the genocide in December 2011 and January 2012, though the country’s constitutional court later struck down that law, claiming that it is an infringement on freedom of speech. In July 2012, French President Francois Hollande confirmed plans for a new law criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide with representatives of the Armenian community.  “This text will punish the challenge or the trivialization of all crimes against humanity and war crimes,” Ericka Bareigts, the junior minister in charge of equality told AFP. The amendment must now go to the upper house Senate for approval.  The French National Assembly first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001. The first step towards recognition occurred in 1998. A private bill, inspired by the election pledge of Lionel Jospin, who was running for president in 1995, was put on the agenda of the National Assembly in 1997 by politicians Jean-Paul Bret, the president of the France-Armenia group, Didier Migaud, René Rouquet, and all members of the Socialist Party. The parliamentary majority was in favor of the law and the first debate took place on May 29, 1998, in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  After years of debate, the law passed on Jan. 18, 2001. The bill contained one article: “France publicly recognizes the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians.”
    The two houses of the French parliament passed a law criminalizing the denial of the genocide in December 2011 and January 2012, though the country’s constitutional court later struck down that law, claiming that it is an infringement on freedom of speech. In July 2012, French President Francois Hollande confirmed plans for a new law criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide with representatives of the Armenian community. “This text will punish the challenge or the trivialization of all crimes against humanity and war crimes,” Ericka Bareigts, the junior minister in charge of equality told AFP. The amendment must now go to the upper house Senate for approval. The French National Assembly first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001. The first step towards recognition occurred in 1998. A private bill, inspired by the election pledge of Lionel Jospin, who was running for president in 1995, was put on the agenda of the National Assembly in 1997 by politicians Jean-Paul Bret, the president of the France-Armenia group, Didier Migaud, René Rouquet, and all members of the Socialist Party. The parliamentary majority was in favor of the law and the first debate took place on May 29, 1998, in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee. After years of debate, the law passed on Jan. 18, 2001. The bill contained one article: “France publicly recognizes the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians.”
    John Kerry urges Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue peaceful process
    John Kerry urges Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue peaceful process
    Edward Nalbandian: The relations between Turkey and Russia are issues which should be discussed and resolved by the Russian and Turkish sides
    Edward Nalbandian: The relations between Turkey and Russia are issues which should be discussed and resolved by the Russian and Turkish sides
    Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Кocharyan: It is enough to distort the essence of the negotiation process.
    Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Кocharyan: It is enough to distort the essence of the negotiation process.
    Armenia again succeeds with Tier 1 rating in U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report
    Armenia again succeeds with Tier 1 rating in U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report
    “Serzh Sargsyan agrees to the version of the NKR conflict settlement, for which Ter-Petrosyan was dismissed from the post of a president.”
    “Serzh Sargsyan agrees to the version of the NKR conflict settlement, for which Ter-Petrosyan was dismissed from the post of a president.”
    Michael Bishop. “His Holiness does not need a Catholicos-mobile”
    Michael Bishop. “His Holiness does not need a Catholicos-mobile”
    Open Letter: No More New Mines in Armenia, including the Amulsar gold mine
    Open Letter: No More New Mines in Armenia, including the Amulsar gold mine
    Tigran Balayan about Mammadyarov’s statement. “I do not see any need for commenting.”
    Tigran Balayan about Mammadyarov’s statement. “I do not see any need for commenting.”
    When will the elite be changed?
    When will the elite be changed?
    The sides discussed a number of issues on collaboration and of mutual interest
    The sides discussed a number of issues on collaboration and of mutual interest
    “The Azerbaijani side put German Foreign Minister Steinmeier in an awkward situation.” NK Spokesperson Babayan
    “The Azerbaijani side put German Foreign Minister Steinmeier in an awkward situation.” NK Spokesperson Babayan
    “German Foreign Minister Steinmeier is trying to extort the maximum from the parties.” Khosrov Harutyunyan
    “German Foreign Minister Steinmeier is trying to extort the maximum from the parties.” Khosrov Harutyunyan
    Armenians in China Organize Artsakh Fundraiser
    Armenians in China Organize Artsakh Fundraiser
    OSCE Chairperson, in Baku, underlines need for compromise to reach a sustainable and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    OSCE Chairperson, in Baku, underlines need for compromise to reach a sustainable and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    Michael Hesemann: Scotland and Northern Ireland will become independent countries
    Michael Hesemann: Scotland and Northern Ireland will become independent countries
    OSCE Chairperson, in Baku, underlines the need for compromise to reach a sustainable and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    OSCE Chairperson, in Baku, underlines the need for compromise to reach a sustainable and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    Azerbaijan “pushes” the process to a dead end by planned actions
    Azerbaijan “pushes” the process to a dead end by planned actions
    Former US Ambassador to Armenia to be Blacklisted For Visiting Karabakh
    Former US Ambassador to Armenia to be Blacklisted For Visiting Karabakh
    Fighting against elections with ID cards
    Fighting against elections with ID cards
    Response to the “compromised” version of Kaghtsrashen project – PAEF
    Response to the “compromised” version of Kaghtsrashen project – PAEF
    Why the pope arrived in Armenia after the meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
    Why the pope arrived in Armenia after the meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
    Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory letter to Serzh Sargsyan in connection with his birthday
    Bako Sahakyan sent a congratulatory letter to Serzh Sargsyan in connection with his birthday
    US Senate Committee to Provide $24.1m Aid to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh
    US Senate Committee to Provide $24.1m Aid to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh
    We hope for a peace progress
    We hope for a peace progress
    OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Steinmeier, in Armenia, expresses support for work of OSCE Office
    OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Steinmeier, in Armenia, expresses support for work of OSCE Office
    The success “secret” of the Iceland
    The success “secret” of the Iceland
    Remarks of Edward Nalbandian during the joint press conference with Frank-Walter Steinmeier
    Remarks of Edward Nalbandian during the joint press conference with Frank-Walter Steinmeier
    Bako Sahakyan had a meeting in Yerevan with Frank-Walter Steinmeier
    Bako Sahakyan had a meeting in Yerevan with Frank-Walter Steinmeier

     

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