Friday, 10 February 2017

Armenian News... A Topalian... Azerbaijan fails OSCE Mission
Azerbaijan fails to lead OSCE Mission to its frontlines
07 Feb 2017 

On February 7, 2017, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan, in the direction of the NKR Hadrut region, to the north of Horadiz. 

From the positions of the NKR Defense Army, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistants to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Khristo Khristov (Bulgaria) and Jiri Aberle (Czech Republic), as well as Personal Assistant to the CiO Personal Representative Simon Tiller (Great Britain). 

From the opposite side of the Line of Contact, the monitoring was conducted by Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, Field Assistant to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ghenadie Petrica (Moldova), and staff member of the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Peter Svedberg (Sweden) . 

The monitoring passed in accordance with the agreed schedule. No violation of the cease-fire regime was registered. However, the Azerbaijani side did not lead the OSCE mission to its front-lines. 

From the Karabakh side, the monitoring mission was accompanied by representatives of the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.
Armenian nuclear power plant’s upgrading is underway
February 6

Armenia’s energy infrastructure and natural resources ministry said today that the nuclear power plant in Metsamor will upgrade its equipment, systems and power structures within this year, and will implement also a set of measures to improve the level of radiation safety. 

It quoted Artem Petrosyan, the head of nuclear energy department at the ministry as saying that the first stage of the work for the extension of the facility’s service life planned for 2016 was successfully completed. In his words, more than 4,500 pieces of equipment, systems and components of the facility had been checked. He said the outcome confirmed the possibility of extending the service life of the power unit until 2026.

The ministry said the study did not found problems that could prevent the extension of the power plant’s service life for 10 years.

The Armenian Nuclear Power Plant is located some 30 kilometers west of Yerevan. It was built in the 1970s but was closed following a devastating earthquake in 1988. One of its two VVER 440-V230 light-water reactors was reactivated in 1995. Armenian authorities said they will build a new nuclear power plant to replace the aging facility.

The new plant is supposed to operate at twice the capacity of the Soviet-constructed facility. The plant currently generates some 35 percent of Armenia's electricity.

In March 2014, Armenian government decided to extend the plant’s service life because of delay in building a new unit. The service life extension has become possible thanks to Russia’s financial resources. The country was to provide $270 million to Armenia as loan and $30 million in grants. 

RFE/RL Report 
Western Investors To Upgrade Armenian Power Plants
February 07, 2017
Emil Danielyan

The Washington-based International Finance Corporation (IFC) said on
Tuesday that it has helped the principal U.S. owner of Armenia's
largest hydroelectric complex to obtain $140 million in loans that
will be used for boosting its capacity.

Under a takeover agreement with the Armenian government signed in June
2015, the New York-based energy company ContourGlobal paid $180
million to purchase the Vorotan Hydropower Cascade. It thus became the
first Western firm to gain major assets in the Armenian energy sector
partly controlled by Russian energy giants.

The deal also committed ContourGlobal to investing $70 million in the
three hydroelectric plants making up the cascade. The plants were
built in Soviet times on the Vorotan river flowing through the
mountainous Syunik province. They currently generate roughly 15
percent of Armenia's electricity.

IFC, which bought a 20 percent stake in the Vorotan complex later in
2015, indicated that the new owner will be able to invest twice as
much with the multimillion-dollar funding secured by it.

"The package includes a loan of $45 million for IFC's own account and
parallel loans of $65 million from FMO, the Dutch development bank,
and $30 million from DEG, the German Investment and Development
Corporation," IFC said in a statement.

FMO and DEG are controlled by the Dutch and German governments
respectively, while IFC is part of the World Bank Group.

"The loans will help ContourGlobal upgrade the 404-megawatt Vorotan
complex, parts of which are almost four decades old # The financing is
expected to boost electricity reliability, providing a steady supply
of clean power to additional 60,000 residential customers," read the
IFC statement.

"Increasing [Vorotan's] capacity is key for Armenia, a country that
imports fuel to cover around 90 percent of its energy needs," it

IFC sought to help Armenia increase its reliance on renewable energy
sources even before buying into the Vorotan facilities. Through its
Armenia Sustainable Energy Finance Project launched in 2010 jointly
with the Austrian government, the multilateral institution has
provided financial and technical assistance to Armenian companies
involved in hydropower generation.

Over the past decade, hydropower's share in electricity production in
Armenia has risen from 20 percent to around 32 percent thanks to more
than 150 small and privately owned hydroelectric plants built on the
country's fast-flowing mountainous rivers. Electricity generated by
them is much cheaper than that of thermal-power plants. The latter
accounted for 35 percent of Armenian electricity output last year,
according to the National Statistical Service (NSS).

NSS data also shows that the combined output of Armenian hydroelectric
plants rose by almost 7 percent in 2016, nearly equaling the amount of
electricity supplied by the Metsamor nuclear plant.
Armenia’s national debt to amount to $6.25 billion in late 2017

In late 2017, Armenia's national debt will reach $6.250 billion, finance minister Vardan Aramyan told reporters today. He said this figure includes also the Central Bank’s debt, which is expected to be approximately $530 million by the end of the year. According to official data, in late December 2016 Armenia’s national debt stood at about $5.9 billion.

"Armenia’s domestic and external debts stand now at about $5.4 billion, accounting for 54% of GDP. The Central Bank's debt is worth about $503 million," - Aramyan said. According to him, in terms of debt burden, in 2016 Armenia was ranked as a country with low debt burden.

"We do not see major problems in servicing the national debt. In terms of all relative indicators Armenia is among the countries with low debt burden and according to all forecasts, we are not going to have any debt-related problems in the coming years,’ said Aramyan. -0--
Azeri hackers break 50 Armenian websites
February 6.

Azerbaijani hackers broke about 50 Armenian websites, cyber security expert Samvel Martirosyan wrote on his Facebook page.

"What is interesting is that owners of some of these websites had been warned by Armenian hackers that their sites were vulnerable, but they ignored the warning,' wrote Martirosyan. Some of the broken websites belong to mass media outlets and political parties. -0—

Insider Monkey
Feb 6 2017
28 Countries That Recognize The Armenian Genocide
February 6, 2017

Even though there are 28 countries that recognize the Armenian genocide , there are still some countries that don’t recognize the death of millions of Armenians as a genocide. However, over the past few decades, many countries started recognizing the genocide such as the ones in our list of 28 countries that recognize the Armenian genocide. 

Growing up in Brazil, a country that only recently recognized the Armenian genocide, most of my friends in High School were Armenia’s descendants from a very close-knit community with very strong social, religious and cultural ties. Their grandparents had immigrated to Brazil during the Armenian genocide, and they always talked about their suffering and the injustice committed against the Armenians. Sometimes I still see their posts on Facebook especially around April 24, when Armenians around the world commemorate the anniversary victims of the Armenian Genocide. 

28 Countries That Recognize The Armenian Genocide

According to 1915 Genocide , the Armenian genocide is also known as the Armenian Holocaust and it was the Ottoman government’s systematic annihilation and extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, most of them, citizens of the Ottoman Empire and its inheritor, the Republic of Turkey.

The genocide began on April 24, 1915, when the Turkish government arrested and deported many Armenian intellectuals, who later lost their lives. In early 1915, 200,000 Armenian soldiers were disarmed, abused and later killed. Later women, old people, and children were gathered in town churches when they were burned alive.

The ordinary Armenians were also turned out of their homes and send to death march through the Syrian desert. They were naked, hungry and thirsty forced to march on the fiery sun until they die, and those who stop for rest were shot.

Recently, while watching the destruction of Aleppo by the Syrian government on TV, it reminded me of the Armenians who died in the beginning of the 20th century. “The city of Aleppo constituted a major hub for deportation routes during the Armenian Genocide. Convoys that survived the treacherous journey began to reach the area in May 1915″, and in 1923 the genocide finally ended.

It can be said that religion also played a huge role in this terrible genocide, but we can’t say it was the main reason. They wanted to make “Turkey for Turks” and even though the reason was ultra-nationalistic, they used religion as an excuse for it and to justify their actions. But Armenian was not the only race to suffer from genocide and here is a list of 11 Biggest Genocides in History .

Today, there a lot of famous celebrities from Armenia and the reality show stars, the Kardashians are among them. A while ago, a story popped up on the internet saying that their ancestors escaped from Armenia to America because a prophet warned them. A hundred years later, the Kardashians became one of the most influential families in America, and in 2015, they decided to visit Armenia for the first time for the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

There are still a lot of countries that need to recognize this horrible mass killing of innocent people, but there also already 28 countries that recognize the Armenian genocide. So, using facts from Armenian-Genocide , we created this list sorted it out by the year a specific country recognized the Armenian genocide. There is a total of 28 countries which have recognized the mass killing of 1.5 million people more than 100 years ago. 

28. Uruguay 

Uruguay recognized the Armenian genocide in 1965. It was the first country to recognize the mass murder that happened in 1915 in Armenia as genocide. Today, there are about 19,000 Armenians living in Uruguay and they belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. This church also has a memorial statue dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide.
28 Countries That Recognize The Armenian Genocide

27. Cyprus

On January 25, 1965, Cyprus officially recognized the Armenian genocide. Today, Armenians who live in Cyprus are recognized as a minority and they have their own language, schools as well as churches. There are around 3,500 Armenians on the island.
28 Countries That Recognize The Armenian Genocide

26. Argentina 

On May 5, 1993, Argentina recognized the mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. Today there are between 70,000 and 135,000 Armenians living in Argentina. They speak Spanish while the minority speaks Armenian as the first language.

25. Russia 
Russia is one of the leading countries in the world and they recognized the mass murder of Armenians as genocide in 1995. There are more than 1,200,000 Armenians living in Russia and it is believed that the number today is more than 2 million. Armenians in Russia speak both, Russian and Armenian, languages.

24. Greece 

Per 2004 act, the denial of the genocide is criminalized and is punishable with 3 years of jail time and 30k Euros. Greece recognized the genocide in 1996 and there are more than 400,000 Armenians living there. Armenians who live in Greece speak their language and their native language as well.

23. Canada 

Canada is also one of the world’s leading countries and it means a lot, that a country like Canada recognized the Armenian genocide back in 1996. Today there are approximately 100,000 Armenians who settled in Canada and they are also speaking their native language, Canadian, English and Canadian French as well.

22. Lebanon

In 1997 Lebanon took a huge step in order to honor the Armenian people who were slaughtered, by recognizing the act as genocide. Today, Armenians are making more than 4% of the total Lebanon population with more than 160,000 people. They speak Armenian and Arabic and belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

21. France 

In France, the denial of the genocide is considered a crime. If you deny the genocide you will pay 45,000 Euros fine and you will serve one year prison time. France recognized the Armenian genocide in 1998 and there are around 750,000 Armenians living there.

20. Belgium 

Belgium also recognized the Armenian genocide in 1998 and today there are around 30,000 Armenian people living there. They speak Armenian as their first language and belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

19. Italy

17 years ago, in 2000, Italy recognized the mass murder of the Armenian population as the Armenian genocide. Today, the total Armenian population living in Italy is around 4,000. Armenians in Italy speak both Armenian and Italian and mainly belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

18. Switzerland 

In 2003 Switzerland officially recognized the Armenian genocide and since then they are considering the denial of the genocide as a crime. Those who deny it will have to serve prison time and pay a fine. It is estimated that around 5,000 Armenians live in Switzerland and they mostly belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

17. Slovakia 

Slovakia recognized the Armenian genocide in 2004. The number of Armenians living in Slovakia is still unknown but it is believed that there aren’t many.

16. Netherlands 

The Netherlands also recognized the Armenian genocide in 2004. Even though the exact number is still unknown, there are approximately 9,000 Armenians living in Netherlands. They are talking many languages, but they kept Armenian as their first language. They belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

15. Germany 

Germany officially recognized the Armenian genocide in 2005. Today there are around 100,000 Armenians living in Germany, And even though most of them speak German, the majority kept Armenian as their first language.

14. Lithuania 

In 2005 Lithuania also recognized the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. There aren’t many Armenians living in Lithuania, the number is estimated at less than 3,000, but those who live there speak Armenian, Lithuanian and Russian.

13. Poland 

In 2005 Poland recognized the Armenian genocide and the Vice-President of European Parliament, Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki said he is very proud of that. Currently, there are more than 3,000 self-identifying Armenians in Poland.

12. Vatican City 

Vatican City also recognized the Armenian genocide in 2005. The number of Armenians who live in there is still unknown as well as the language they speak.

11. Venezuela 

Back in 2005, Venezuela also recognized the Armenian genocide. The number of Armenians in Venezuela is still unknown but it is believed that there are more than 3,500. Also, the Armenians in Venezuela kept Armenian as their first language.

10. Chile 

In 2007, Chile officially recognized the Armenian genocide. There are 1,100 Armenians in Chile of which 90% are Christians, and about 4% are evangelicals. They also kept their Armenian as their first language.

9. Sweden

7 years ago, in 2010 Sweden recognized the Armenian genocide, and now there are around 13,000 Armenians living there. Armenians in Sweden speaks Armenian, Sweden, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Persian, and Russian.

8. Bolivia

Recently, Bolivia also became one of the 28 countries that recognize the Armenian genocide. In 2014 Bolivia recognized the Armenian mass murder as genocide but the number of Armenians who live in Bolivia is still unknown.
7. Brazil

In 2015, Brazil officially crossed to the other side and stood among countries that recognize the Armenian genocide. It is believed that there are now more than 40,000 Armenians living in Brazil and they speak Portuguese and Armenian.

6. Bulgaria 

In 2015 Bulgaria also recognized the mass murder of 1.5 million innocent Armenians as genocide. On 24 April 2015, the Bulgarian parliament declared the 24 April as a Victims Remembrance Day. Today the total number of Armenians who live in Bulgaria is exceeding 7,000.

5. Paraguay 

In 2015 the Chamber of Senator in Paraguay unanimously adopted the resolution and recognized the mass murder of Armenians as genocide. The number of Armenians who live in Paraguay is still unknown.

4. Austria 

Austria officially recognized the Armenian genocide two years ago, in 2015. Today, there are more than 6,000 Armenians who live in Austria, mostly they settled in Vienna. They talk Armenian language and belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

3. Luxembourg 

The Chamber of Deputies unanimously adopted a resolution of recognition of the Armenian genocide in 2015. There is a small number of Armenian people who live in Luxembourg and it is not yet precise.

2. Syria 

Syria recognized Armenian genocide in 2015. A lot of Armenians, more than 100,000 settled in Syria, out of which approximately 60,000 are centralized in Aleppo. The Armenians who live in Syria are talking both Armenian and Arabic language, and they belong to Armenian Apostolic Church.

1. United States 

As of 2016, 45 out of 50 states in the United States have recognized the Armenian genocide. Today there are more than 1.5 million Armenians who live in the United States where they talk either Armenian or American English.

We hope soon there will be much more than these 28 countries that recognize the Armenian genocide!

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