“After April four-day war it became more important to value the alive heroes. During the discussions we understood that monuments are usually devoted to victims in Armenia, there are no initiatives devoted to alive heroes. That is why we concentrated on alive heroes and want to thank them in this way,” Environmentalist Karine Panosyan said about this during the discussion on “Park of Alive Heroes” Project at Media Center.
The agreements made during the meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan Serj Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev in Vienna do not mean that the procedure of Nagorno Karabakh (NK) conflict is on a qualitatively new stage. This only shows the “revival” of the negotiation process. The Armenian and Azerbaijani experts spoke about this during the discussion at Media Center on May 17.
The draft bill on the recognition of independence of Nagorno Karabakh that did not receive the negative opinion of the Government will be approved at NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and will be included in the Parliamentary agenda. Later when proper it can be voted at the National Assembly. RA Member of Parliament, Former Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan said this at Media Center on May 12.
The appeal against the ban on the import of Turkish goods into Armenia was not accepted definitely by the experts. Moreover, most of them think that this issue is raised artificially, and particularly the raw material imported from Turkey for textile products is indispensable. So, in case of limitations the rate of unemployment will increase because of the traders and businessmen who import goods from Turkey. The economists said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
During the war situation it is necessary to make a decision and limit the unofficial visits of current high officials and high-ranking officials of the last five years out of Armenia. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), said about this during the discussion organized in Gyumri by Media Center.
Oppositional “Civil Contract” Party that protected the candidacy of Sasun Mikayelyan during the mayor elections in Hrazdan on April 17, announced that reelected acting Mayor Arman Danielyan managed to win the lections thanks to bribes.
Media Center, April 19, 2016. Different types of violations were observed during LSG elections held in 36 communities in 8 regions of Armenia on April 17. The violations included distributing bribes, crowds at the polling stations and use of administrative resources. Though there was no “drawing of numbers” as the voting process was very efficiently controlled, the use of administrative and financial resources had a significant influence on the results of elections. Observers who worked during LSG elections said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
Armenian-Russian relations should return from the platform of illusions and ideals to reality where only interests prevail. Up to now some ungrounded ideal images have been formed about Russia in the Armenian society. And when these expectations are not realized public offence and anger are expressed.
Though there are traces of torture on the bodies of 18 soldiers returned to Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army by Azerbaijan, it is necessary to wait for the expert opinion. In any case the Armenian side does not intend to be limited by the expertise only. A corresponding legal procedure will start about the crimes conducted against Nagorno Karabakh by Azerbaijani forces. Armenia will apply to the international institutions from UN to the European Court of Human Rights. Senior Assistant of Defense Minister Alik Avetisyan said about this at Media Center on April 13.
Though Russia reduced the gas price for Armenia by 15USD, now it costs 150USD for 1000 cubic meters, the price for the “blue fuel” may reduce by 24-40USD for ordinary consumers. Experts said that it may be possible at the expense of margins of subsidiary Gazprom Armenia of Russian Gazprom. It bought gas on the border by 165USD up to now and sold to RA customers by 320USD.
It is hard to say whether the ceasefire will be durable or not after four-day active military actions in Karabakh conflict zone. At this moment there is one important military objective. If there are Armenian positions under Azerbaijan’s control, they should be returned.
In spite of the claims that the round building of Zvartnots Airport cannot be modernized or exploited as an airport, a group of architects presented a modernization project of that building at Media Center on April 1. They did preliminary calculations and are convinced that 25 million USD is necessary to modernize the building completely in accordance with the standards of international airports.
The United States of America would like surely to take the chance that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev are in Washington and organise a meeting but it is clear that such a meeting will not take place.
Public procurement system in Armenia is almost a mirror reflection of the economy. Monopolies, merging of business and politics, the impact of corruption expressively affect the public procurement system.