Monday, 13 March 2017

Armenian News... A Topalian... Karabakh a Hidden Treasure

The RMK Government's Tourism Department and Yerkir Media TV 
Karabakh a Hidden Treasure
A touristic guide to the Armenian area that may remind you in parts

of Switzerland. 

European Union News
March 7, 2017 Tuesday
Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with the
President ofArmenia Serzh Sargsyan
Brussels: European Council has issued the following press release:

I am pleased to welcome President Sargsyan to Brussels today.

Armenia whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity we
support is an important partner for the European Union.

I am very pleased to announce today the conclusion of negotiations on
the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.

This new agreement will broaden the scope of our relations, taking
into account the new global, political and economic interests we share
and challenges we want to face together.

We are looking forward to stronger cooperation in sectors such as
energy, transport and the environment, for new opportunities in trade
and investments, and for increased mobility for the benefit of our

We have discussed today our shared values including our commitment to
democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, which underpin the new
agreement and our future cooperation.

The EU is already the first trade partner of Armenia, its first
international donor and strongest supporter to reforms. We intend to
expand these relations further in the coming years and have encouraged
Armenia to continue reforms across a range of issues, including
economic development, the business environment, the judiciary, human
rights, the fight against corruption and measures to ensure free and
fair elections.

We also discussed the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict. The status quo is unsustainable. The conflict needs an early
political settlement in accordance with international law. It does not
have a military solution. The EU continues to fully support the
mediation efforts and proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

Mr President, thank you very much for coming to Brussels for your
visit, for all your efforts and for our cooperation. 
Foods in Armenia becoming more expensive in connection with parliamentary elections 
March 9.

In recent days, foods prices in Armenia started going up, Zhoghovurd (People) reports.

The newspaper says that specialists connect the price hikes with the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Remarkable is that especially prices for the consumer products imported by those persons who are racing for seats in the National Assembly through the rating list of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (bananas, sugar, petrol, chocolate etc.).

It is not ruled out that the prices will continue rising with the increase of the sizes of election bribes. 
Archbishop Chouldjian endorses Archbishop Bekchyan for March 15 
locum tenens election in Istanbul Patriarchate 
9 March, 2017 
Primate of the Diocese of Gugark Archbishop Sebouh Chouldjian expressed support for Archbishop Garegin Bekchyan, Primate of Germany’s Armenian Diocese, for the upcoming Patriarchal locum tenens election of Istanbul’s Armenian Patriarchate, Agos reports.

Chouldjian urged the clergymen of the Patriarchate to support Bekchyan as well.

“I am sure my spiritual brother will realize his responsibilities in the shortest period with impartiality and justice”, he said.

Chouldjian also said he will depart for Istanbul as a candidate for the Patriarchal election after the locum tenens election.

The election of a Patriarchal locum tenens will be held on March 15 in Istanbul’s Armenian Patriarchate. The results of the election will be released on the same day, Istanbul’s Agos reports.

Three candidates are nominated for the post – Archbishop Garegin Bekchyan, Primate of Germany’s Armenian Diocese, Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, Patriarchal Vicar of Istanbul’s Armenian Patriarchate and Bishop Sahak Mashalyan, president of the spiritual council of Istanbul’s Armenian Patriarchate.

The would-be locum tenens will lead the organizing process of the Patriarchal election, and will be the de facto leader of the Patriarchate till the new Patriarch is elected. Ateshyan will step down as Vicar after the locum tenens election.

Extracst from the Times
7 March 2017 

An unfinished opera by Franz Liszt about a hapless, peace loving king is to be heard for the fist time after a British scholar deciphered the composers's fragmentary score.

Sardanaple, an opera based on a story by Byron, had been in archive for almost 170 years because experts assumed that the 111 pages were too haphazard to contain a workable piece of music.
An excerpt will be performed in June at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Anush Hovhanissyan, a soprano who helped Dr Trippett to understand how the opera would sound, is in the final and will perform some of the music.
Festival of British films moves to Armenian provinces
March 10.

The 15th festival of British films in Armenia, conducted with the support from ArmenTel telecom provider (trading as Beeline) by the British Council Office in Armenia has moved from the capital city Yerevan to the second largest town of Gyumri.

After Gyumri the films will be screened for viewers in Dilijan, Armavir and Martuni. The screenings include three feature films and selected short films of British Academy of Film and Television Arts. (BAFTA).  The screenings will be followed by discussions on human rights to be organized together with the Eurasia Foundation.

"By supporting such programs, Beeline helps young people to change their lives for the better. It is very important that young people outside the capital city also have the opportunity to watch the best British films," Beeline CEO Andrei Pyatakhin is quoted as saying in an ArmenTel press release.

According to him, the festival will expand the horizons of talented Armenian youth, and contribute to the development of domestic film production. Admission to all screenings is free. The 15th festival of British films was held in Yerevan from February 18 to 24 with screening of seven films.

ArmenTel is a 100% subsidiary of VimpelCom. It provides fixed and mobile telephony services as well as high-speed Internet.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wins third Goal of the Month award in a row
09 Mar 2017 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s ability to produce sublime strikes for Manchester United has now won him a hat-trick of Goal of the Month accolades.

The Armenian was in award-winning form again at the beginning of February when he notched the best of United’s three efforts away to Leicester City. It also turned out to be the pick of all the Reds’ goals at different age levels last month, following a fan poll conducted here on

“I controlled the ball, I passed Robert Huth and then I had free space ahead of me,” said Mkhitaryan, when speaking to MUTV following the 3-0 win. “When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I saw the far post was open so I aimed my shot there and finally it went into the net.”

Mkhitaryan’s solo run and finish at the Foxes’ expense gleaned 41 per cent of the votes, to pip Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s EFL Cup-final free-kick (39 per cent). The Swede’s trophy-winning header was the supporters’ third favourite goal scored in February with nine per cent, leaving the other shortlisted strikes to sweep up the remaining 11 per cent between them.

Henrikh retains the Goal of the Month honour after winning it in January with a counter-attack in the cup win over Wigan and wowing us all in December with his scorpion kick against Sunderland. 
Armenian national team drops three notches in FIFA ranking
March 9. 

Armenia’s national football team has dropped three notches in the current FIFA ranking published on Thursday, occupying the 85th position

Armenia’s rivals in World Cup 2018 qualifier are ranked as follows: Poland (12th), Romania (39th), Denmark (48th), Montenegro (64th) and Kazakhstan (94th).

The FIFA top ten ranking is topped by Argentina. It is followed by Brazil, Germany, Chile, Belgium, France, Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain.

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