Pashinyan Sees Longer Russian Military Presence In Karabakh

Russian peacekeepers stationed in Artsakh (Photo by Dickran Khodanian) YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan suggested on Wednesday that Russian peacekeeping forces will likely remain in Nagorno-Karabakh for more than five years envisioned by a Russian-brokered ceasefire that stopped the Armenian-Azerbaijani war on November 10. The nearly 2,000 Russian soldiers are deployed along the current Karabakh “line of contact” and a road […]

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Stepanakert, Yerevan Welcome French Senate Vote

The vote tally screen for the French Senate adoption of Artsakh recognition resolution The Artsakh Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan were swift to welcome vote by the French Senate, which on Wednesday, in an almost unanimous vote, urged the French government to recognize Artsakh. The Artsakh Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing gratitude “to the senators and all […]

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French Senate Recognizes Artsakh

French senators applaud the passage of resolution recognizing Artsakh The French Senate on Wednesday recognized the independence of the Republic of Artsakh with a vote of 305 to 1, following an almost two-hour debate on the floor of the upper house of the French Parliament. One by one, 12 senators made powerful statements ahead of the vote, all calling attention […]

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Karvachar’s Last Day: ’We Stayed Here Until the End,’ Artsakh Soldiers Say

A sign welcoming visitors to Artsakh is the only remnant of Armenians left in Karvachar along the Vardenis-Martakert highway Artsakh’s Karvachar District became the second territory to be handed over to Azerbaijan as part of an agreement that ended military hostilities, but forced the surrender of territory to Baku. At midnight Wednesday local time the entrance to Artsakh along the […]

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Former Constitutional Court Judge Joins Hunger Stike

Former Constitutional Court Judge Kim Balayan joins hunger strike in Yerevan A former justice of Armenia’s Constitutional Court, Kim Balayan, joined a hunger strike that started Monday to demand Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation after he signed the now-infamous statement, which ended military operations but calls for surrender of territories to Azerbaijan, including Shushi. Balayan walked up to the government building on Tuesday […]

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Turkey, Azerbaijan Actively Opposing French Senate Vote on Artsakh

ARF Bureau member Mourad Papazian. He is also the co-chair of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France. The governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan are working overtime to exert pressure to ensure that a resolution recognizing Artsakh, scheduled to be discussed by the French Senate on Wednesday, fails. “There is enormous pressure not only from Azerbaijan but also from […]

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Missing Soldiers’ Parents Appeal To Russia

Relatives of missing soldiers and prisoners of war meet with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Nov. 24 YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Parents and other relatives of Armenian soldiers who went missing during the war in Nagorno-Karabakh appealed to Russia on Tuesday to help find them or recover their bodies left in Azerbaijani-controlled territory. Many of those soldiers fought in the southern Hadrut and […]

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Putin: Armenia Not Recognizing Artsakh was ‘a Significant Factor’

Harut Sassounian BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN President Vladimir Putin of Russia made several important comments in his response to journalists on Nov. 17, regarding the recent Artsakh War ceasefire that he brokered between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Russian leader started by providing the background of the Artsakh conflict: “It all started in the already remote year of 1988, when ethnic clashes […]

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La Canada High School Armenian Club Rises Up in Support of Artsakh

LCHS Armenian Club Bake Sale (from l to r back row): Vem Chatoyan, Matthew Minasian, Shant Manoukian, Sharleese Aguero, Juliette Aslanian, Andrew Hacopians, Shant Koutnouyan. From l. to r.: Sevana Mardirosian, Christiana Shirvanian, Solange Aguero, Ari Tujian, Nairi Khemichian BY SHANT KOUTNOUYAN On the September 27, the Azerbaijani armed forces launched an unprovoked war, with the unwavering support of Turkey’s […]

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