Foreign Affairs

US Senate Appropriations Committee Prioritizes Aid to Mountainous Karabagh

Senate Measure Remains Silent on Specific Funding Levels for Caucasus (armenianweekly.com) —The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 25 adopted a Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) foreign aid bill that prioritizes continued U.S. assistance for Nagorno-Karabagh, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). In a legislative report, which accompanies and explains the foreign aid bill, the…

Opposition Slams Russian Arms Sales To Azerbaijan

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) – Armenia’s three leading opposition parties on Tuesday strongly criticized Russia for selling offensive weapons to Azerbaijan, saying that they will strengthen Baku in the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party said the arms supplies reportedly worth around $1…

[Updated] Newly Established EU Parliament-Armenia Friendship Group Delegation Visits Armenia

The European Parliament’s EU-Armenia Friendship Group is making its first visit to Armenia this week. The delegation is headed by the President of the group, Dr. Eleni Theocharous (Cyprus) and comprised of  MEPs Frank Engel, Vice-President of the group (Luxembourg), Ewald Stadler (Austria), Kyriakos Triandafyllides (Cyprus),  France-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group Vice-President Guy Teissier, France-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group…

Armenian Delegation Sums Up the Works of the Euronest PA Meeting Held in Baku

Members of the Armenian delegation who returned from Baku, Azerbaijan, and the 2nd plenary session of Euronest Parliamentary Assembly which was held in Baku on April 2-4, during a press briefing at the National Assembly, said the meeting was positive, despite the inflammatory rhetoric that grabbed headlines. The Head of the Armenian delegation and chairman…

Rustamyan: The Amended CSTO Increases Security

Armenia’s National Assembly (Parliament) debated on the ratification of the protocol concerning the amendments of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). During the discussions ARF-D Member of Parliament, Armen Rustamyan underlined that this protocol increases security measures. He said that the main opposition to the protocol argues that in case Armenia is attacked only two…

Armen Rustamyan: Palestine’s precedent gives the Mountainous Karabakh representatives the right to be represented in Council of Europe

Interview with Armen Rustamyan, a member of the Armenian Delegation to PACE, Head of the Armenian Parliament Foreign Relations Commission, parliamentarian from ARF-Dashnaktsutyun by Oksana Musaelyan ArmInfo The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to grant “Partner for democracy” status to the Palestinian National Council (PNC). The Armenian Delegation takes a…

Karabakh ARF Urges Mediators to Not Endanger Peace

STEPANAKERT — The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun Artsakh Central Committee, on the eve of the June 24 meeting in Kazan between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Russia to discuss the Karabakh-Azerbaijan conflict, issued the following announcement on Wednesday: The ARF Artsakh Central Committee: Commending the efforts of the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs in…

Opposition Parties Warn of Secret Deals Between Sargsyan, Ter-Petrosyan

The two major parliamentary opposition parties critical of the non-parliamentary Armenian National Congress (HAK) have suggested that there are ulterior motives behind its decision to embark on a dialogue with President Serzh Sargsyan’s government. While saying they welcome the emerging dialogue between the HAK and the authorities, they express doubts that it will eventually lead…

“Deauville Statement Not Beneficial for Armenia”

YEREVAN —The joint statement on the Mountainous-Karabakh conflict issued by presidents Obama, Sarkozy and Medvedev in Deauville, France last month is not in beneficial for Armenia, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction chairman Vahan Hovhannesyan at a press briefing Monday. He added that it was impossible to make prediction on the outcome of scheduled talks…

Advancing Democracy in the Countries of the CIS

The Socialist International Committee for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 2-3 May 2011, at the first ever meeting of the Committee to be held in Central Asia. Discussions centred upon democracy in the region, with the Committee also comprehensively expressing its full support for the Nationwide Social…