OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS AND THE CUP IN ARMENIA
At 19.00 the airplane from Drezden landed in "Zvartnots" airport
taking hone Olympic champions, who are the evidence of the fact that
Armenia is a powerful chess country. A concert is organized in Karen
Demirchyan sport-concert complex in the honor of the champions.
The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, the Deputy Minister, and
fans collected in the airport to meet our champions.
Remind that in World Chess 38th Olympiad Armenian men team became
Olympic Champion for the second time.
Alarm about demographic slump leads to proposed enlistment on army-age students.
By Sara Khojoian in Yerevan
The Armenian government is working on amendments to legislation which would force
The defence and education ministries are drawing up the changes to three existing laws,
"They foresee removing the right to academic leave during military call-up and setting
Currently post-graduate students doing a master's or doctorate are entitled to "academic
While the final details of the proposed changes are not yet clear, there has already been
The government says that it needs to act now to tackle a lack of conscripts for the armed
According to national statistics, in 1990-92 the birth-rate (for both boys and girls)
These trends are considered to be a threat to the country in two official documents, the
However, some experts say that the answer to Armenia's military needs is to move away
Former deputy defence minister Artur Aghabekian - currently a deputy and head of the
Aghabekian said it had been a mistake to close military departments in colleges and
Aghabekian said that Armenia needed to form a professional army by giving out temporary
The military currently do have units staffed by soldiers on contracts, amongst them Armenia's
Another former deputy defence minister Vahan Shirkhanian also believes the army needs to
"So just imagine how many [potential recruits] we are losing every day, which is why our eyes
"This plan could cause a lot of problems for education and science and also hurt the
Research shows that young men do not want to serve in the army and parents are reluctant
Surveys carried out by the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International in 2002
A major reason for public distrust of the army is the high death-rate amongst conscripts,
Armenia's human rights ombudsman Armen Harutyunian has sent an official letter to the
The chairman of parliament's education committee Armen Ashotian said that every effort
"We all understand that the age of conscription is approaching the 'demographic pit', that
But many young people are opposed to the proposed changes.
Twenty-six-year-old Alexander Chilingirian, who has gained a doctorate in physics, said
"The army breaks a person," said Chilingiran. "And it doesn't matter if you join the army
Sixteen-year-old Mikael Sandrosian, a second-year geology and metallurgy student in
"If I go into the army that it will definitely have a bad effect on my studies," he said. "In the
Government spokesperson Mary Harutiunian said that the draft changes were now being
She said Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian had promised wide discussion of the issue to
Sara Khojoian is a correspondent with Armenianow.com in Yerevan.
Nov 27 2008
Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan are scheduled to intensify diplomatic
contacts, boosting prospects for reconciliation in the troubled
The Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that Foreign Minister Ali
Babacan will travel to Azerbaijan this weekend. Today's Zaman has
also learned that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, who
visited Ä°stanbul this week to attend a ministerial gathering of the
Black Sea countries, is planning to invite Babacan to Yerevan for
the next meeting of the regional group.
Nalbandian was in Ä°stanbul on Monday for attending a meeting of the
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), a regional
cooperative organization with Armenia currently holding the rotating
presidency. While in Ä°stanbul, Nalbandian met with Babacan.
Nalbandian told Today's Zaman that he planned to invite Babacan "at
the earliest opportunity" to a foreign ministers' meeting of the BSEC
which will be hosted in Yerevan on Apr. 29, 2009.
Turkish diplomatic sources declined to comment on Ankara's possible
response, noting that they haven't received an official invitation
yet. The eventual decision will be made in reference to "the course
of affairs" in the ongoing negotiations with Armenia, the same sources
told Today's Zaman.
Ahead of the foreign ministers' meeting, Yerevan will host working
meetings for BSEC energy ministers on March 13, for BSEC transportation
ministers on March 27, for BSEC agricultural ministers in first week
of April, and for environment ministers on Apr. 10. Stressing the
importance attached to the BSEC by Ankara, diplomatic sources haven't
excluded the idea of Turkey's participation in these meetings.
Turkey severed its diplomatic ties with Armenia and closed its border
in 1993 in protest against the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh
in Azerbaijan. Ankara says the normalization of relations depends on
Armenia's withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh and an end to Yerevan's
support for the Armenian diaspora's efforts to win international
recognition for claims that Armenians were subjected to genocide at
the hands of the Ottoman Empire. But a visit by President Abdullah Gul
in early September to Yerevan to watch a World Cup qualifying match
between Turkey and Armenia's national teams broke the ice between
the two countries. Officials have been holding talks on the possible
normalization of relations since that historic visit.
In September, on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting in
New York, Babacan and Nalbandian had three-way talks with Azerbaijani
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh
The Foreign Ministry yesterday announced that Babacan will travel to
Baku on Sunday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his
In addition to bilateral and regional affairs, the two ministers will
also discuss Ankara's proposal for a Caucasus Stability and Cooperation
Platform to promote dialogue between the countries of that region,
the ministry said in a brief statement.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE) in Helsinki in early December is expected to offer an
opportunity for a new trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers
of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, although no formal decision on
such a meeting has been made yet.
Armenians around the world have more than doubled on their last year's
donation pledge for a Diaspora-funded pan-Armenian charity as a result
of a 12-hour Thanksgiving Day telethon in Los Angeles, USA.
Despite the global financial crisis that has hit the world's major
economies this year, the All-Armenian Fund Hayastan on Thursday managed
to attract more than $35 million in donation pledges from Armenians in
the United States and other parts of the world for its infrastructure
projects in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. A similar telethon staged a
year ago raised only $15.3 million.
According to the Fund's report, Russia's wealthy businessman Samvel
Karapetian had made the biggest single donation of $15 million during
the annual fundraiser held for the eleventh time. The businessman
designated the money for the construction of a hospital in
Nagorno-Karabakh's capital Stepanakert.
Several wealthy businessmen and philanthropists from Armenia and its
Diaspora again accounted for a large part of the telethon donations.
The fundraiser's total proceeds also include the pledges made during
charity dinners as well as phone-a-tons and other charity actions held
in Diaspora communities in the month preceding the main event.
`We have proved again that our nation is strong in its unity,' said
Hayastan Fund Acting Executive Director Ara Vartanian. `It is hard times
not only for Armenia and Karabakh, but for the whole world considering
the continuing global economic crisis. But against all the odds the
worldwide Diaspora has again extended a helping hand to compatriots in
The latest telethon in Los Angeles also featured Karabakh President Bako
Sahakian, Head of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church
Abp. Pargev Martirosian, donors and other prominent Armenia and Diaspora
The Fund will use the proceeds from this year's telethon for its core
projects in remote rural areas of Armenia and Karabakh targeting
healthcare, water and education infrastructures.
26.11.2008 19:06 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ On November 23, Catholicos of Cilicia, His Holiness
Aram I visited Vatican where he met with Pope Benedict XVI, Times
At the audience, at which the Pope was accompanied by Aram I, the
pontiff deplored "misunderstandings among Christians". He said the
Armenian leader's "fraternal visit" is "an occasion to strengthen the
bonds that exist and a further step in the journey toward full unity,
which is the objective of all Christians and a gift of the Lord."
For his part, Aram I said, "Churches, religions and states should
recognize all genocides, including the Armenian Genocide, and they
should commit themselves to preventing all genocides."
Earlier, a high-ranking Vatican official has emphasized that the Holy
See regards the Armenian Genocide as a fact.
"The Armenian Genocide is a fact. The Vatican's stance on this issue
was stated during a visit to Armenia by [late Pope] John Paul II. The
pope attended the Armenian Genocide memorial and did use the term
Genocide, although this did not please Turkey," said Cardinal Walter
Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
The cardinal's remarks came ahead of meeting between Pope Benedict
XVI and a group of visiting Armenian clerics led by Catholicos of
Cilicia Aram I, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Lebanon.
"Genocide is not an allegation, but is a reality. This is not an
issue of term. It is a historical fact with a lot of victims and
this memory needs to be healed. I don't know what the Vatican can do
to ease Turkey-Armenia relations. But this is also an important case
for peace in the Middle East. First of all, the Catholic Church sides
with the victims. This is the most important principle for us while
determining our manners," the Cardinal said.
[07:49 pm] 27 November, 2008
As of October 2008, there were 14,550 real estate deals in
Armenia. This number has gone down by 9.1% compared to October 2007,
while the number of houses sold rose by 10.0% in September 2008.
In October 2008, 82.3% of 5,035 alienated real estate deals were
sale and purchase, 16.5% were donations and 1.2% was barter. 30.0%
of alienation of real estate was registered in Yerevan, while 31.7%
of alienated real estate was the homes of apartment buildings.
According to data provided by the State Management Agency for Real
Estate Management, the average market prices for apartments in
multi-apartment buildings measuring 1 square meter went down by 0.3%
in October 2008 compared to prices in September 2008.
In October 2008, besides Yerevan, 426 apartments were sold in the
Marzes; that number rose by 9.8% compared to September 2008 and 20.7%
compared to October 2007.