Armenia and Azerbaijan do not rebuff the statement of James Warlick, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. His May 7 speech entitled ‘Nagorny Karabakh: Keys to a Settlement’ does not contain anything new.
While the representatives of state authorities claim that additional release of 70 million cubic meters of water from Sevan essential for the irrigation of Ararat Valley will not result in a negative water balance in the lake, the environmentalists believe that there is a different reason for the additional water release and that it will damage the lake’s eco system considerably.
The Five Year Mental Health Strategy envisions a number of activities (training of specialists, needs assessment and creation of community centers) that will allow achieving such progress to satisfy those in charge of this field and the families of people with mental issues.
Over the past five years, Armenia's national debt increased drastically from AMD 584.6 billion to AMD 1861.3 billion at the end of 2013 and amounted to 44% of GDP (gross domestic product). This was announced by Artak Kyurumyan, independent researcher, Business Administration graduate of Tulane University at the discussion entitled “Management of the National Debt in Armenia: Political Decisions and Their Consequences.” The speaker also noted that the sharp increase in the government debt is conditioned by dram depreciation.
The Commission on Constitutional Reforms established under the President of Armenia, has lately announced the draft Concept for Constitutional Amendments. The draft concept proposes parliamentary system of governance as a possible alternative to the existing political system.
On April 25th, 2014, Media Center held a panel discussion about an upcoming event organized by the "Hye Dzmer Pap" Charitable Foundation and the Hi-Artonline Fine Arts Center. From April 25th to May 23rd, there will be an art exhibit entitled "Art on the Border", which will feature artwork from 15 Armenian artists. The proceeds from the benefit art exhibition will go towards purchasing a fruit and vegetable dryer for the border village of Vazashen.
On April 24, 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be celebrated in Istanbul and other cities of Turkey. Year by year, these rallies are becoming more and more popular and not only Armenians residing in Turkey attend it, but also big number of Kurds and Turks.
On April 17th, Media Center held a screening of Kessab documentary in the Vanadzor Charles Aznavour Culture House.The film is the first in a series of three that is dedicated to the city. The film-maker, Nane Bagratuny, began this project four years ago, long before the attacks on the city that occurred earlier this month.
“Foreign policy successes of Armenia are based on mistakes of Turkey and Azerbaijan and the main goal must be taking benefits of those mistakes”, Richard Giragosian, political analyst, said today during “Is Armenia independent in foreign policy decisions” discussion.
“Kessab is the only remaining territory from the historic homeland of Armenia that Armenians can still call home: the compulsory deportations have inflicted pain on not only residents of Kessab, but on all Armenians around the world. Kessab is not merely a part of our past; it is in our present and future,” said a Kessab-resident Hakob Kortmosian, today, after the screening of “Kessab”, the documentary.
Legislative reforms and educational programs for integrating palliative care are elaborated in Armenia. Palliative care is planned to be specified as a health care type and marked in a separate line in the state budget of 2015.
“Despite the excessive use of #SaveKessab hashtag it was right to make it a trend. We seized occasion to remind about the Genocide one more time”, Artak Shakaryan, Turkish studies expert said today at the discussion entitled “Kessab Armenians in Latakia: Situation and Challenges” initiated by the Media Center.
“Housing is one of the major problems the Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan face. We are neglected. We assume that authorities demonstrate such attitude on purpose,” said Robert Khachatryan, chairman of the Union of Baku Compatriots during the discussion on “Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan living in temporary housing for 26 years: social and political isolation.”