Friday, 23 February 2018

Armenian News... A Topalian... Armen Sarkissian gives consent to become Armenian President’s candidate

The Colours of Armenia 2017"
10 February 2018 

BBC News
Chess in Armenia
18 February 2018
Armen Sarkissian gives consent to become Armenian President’s candidate
February 16 2018 

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan met today with Armen Sarkissian, who had been offered by the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) to become the ruling party’s candidate for the President of Armenia. During the previous meeting with Serzh Sargsyan, Armen Sarkissina had asked for some time to be able to hold meetings with different political forces, the leadership of Artsakh, business and science representatives and the public sector.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the Armenian President’s Office, Armen Sarkissian noted that the planned meetings are over based on which he has made a decision. Armen Sarkissina presented the reasons behind his decision in the meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan.

“Honorable Mr. Sarkissian,

A month ago I offered you on behalf of the Republican Party of Armenia to become the candidate of the new President of Armenia. You promised to seriously ponder over that. During this month you have had numerous meetings with both parliamentary and extra-parliamentary political forces, NGOs, intellectuals and you also visited Artsakh. Of course, I attentively followed your meetings through media. They were also very attentive towards you and were extremely inspective towards any of your step, analyzed what you said and your biography”, President Serzh Sargsyan said, noting that there were both sober and ridiculous comments. “You displayed tolerance, patience and readiness for dialogue. These features are of key importance in life in general and just necessity for a head of state. Now I think It’s time for you to give an answer”, Sargsyan said.

Armen Sarkissian first thanked President Serzh Sargsyan and the Republican party of Armenia for the confidence towards him and great expectations from him, noting that he well understands that the position of the President of the Republic is not only very honorable, but also contains great responsibility.

“This is the reason why I asked you to give me time to ponder and hold meetings”, Sarkissina said. Speaking about his visit to Artsakh, Armen Sarkissian said that Artsakh is not only our pride and inseparable part of our people and history, but also the national dignity of Armenians. “If I am elected the President of the Republic, I will try to contribute to the foreign policy of Armenia, economic issues, attracting investments, but what I assess very important is the strengthening of national unity and Armenia-Diaspora relations”, Armen Sarkissian said, adding that he attaches great importance to education and stressed that the future President of Armenia should support and encourage that sphere.

“Mr. President, I want to emphasize that as regards to the issues raised by you I am convinced that I will be able to carry out the high responsibilities with honor”, Armen Sarkissian said, adding that he is ready to spare no efforts and vigor to fulfill that very responsible mission, if elected by the National Assembly.

The President of the Republic hoped that by giving start to the procedures provided for by the Constitution, brilliant results will be recorded.

Kuwait News Agency
Feb 18 2018
Turkey summons Dutch envoy over Armenian incidents 

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affaires of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Ankara on Saturday in protest at two parliamentary motions to recognize the 1915 incidents as genocide of the Armenians.

"We understand that some Dutch politicians have an agenda of presenting motions supporting Armenian allegations to the Dutch House of Representatives in the upcoming weeks," Spokesperson of the Ministry Hami Aksoy said in a press release. "Turkey's approach vis-a-vis the events of 1915 is based upon historical facts and legal norms. Established ruling cases in the European law registered the fact that the events of 1915 constitute a legitimate subject of debate. "This being the case, the attempts to take the events of 1915, which is a sensitive matter for Turkey and the Turkish nation, out of its historical and legal context to politicize the issue cannot be accepted," Aksoy stressed. "In this context, we invite Dutch politicians to review their prejudiced stance towards Turkey and avoid politicizing history. "If the Netherlands wishes to contribute to the solution of this historical issue, they could support the proposal we have been suggesting persistently since 2005 as to form an independent Joint Historical Commission open to scholars of Ottoman History.

"Our views and expectations on this issue -- have been conveyed to the Charge D'affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands who was summoned to the Ministry," he added.

Members of the Dutch ruling coalition stated support to two proposals by the conservative Christian Union (CU) MPs to be debated in the coming weeks. (end)

AUA Hosts Brexit Discussion with British and German Ambassadors
FEBRUARY 16, 2018

On February 15, 2018, British Ambassador Judith Margaret Farnworth and German Ambassador Bernhard Matthias Kiesler had a joint presentation on the relations of the UK and the EU after Brexit. The event was moderated by Dr. Donald Fuller, Interim Dean at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian introduced the ambassadors and noted the impetus to invite them to discuss this important topic in world politics with AUA staff, faculty, and students.

“Brexit is a topic of current interest worldwide, and certainly for our students in the Political Science and International Affairs program. We are fortunate to have the ambassadors of UK and Germany to discuss this topic and present views from both sides of the issue” said Dr. Der Kiureghian.

During their presentations both ambassadors expressed their positive opinion on maintaining political and economic partnership to promote the shared values of democracy, human rights, and liberty. As for the influence Brexit might have on EU-Armenia and UK-Armenia relations, it was stated that the EU and the UK will continue their cooperation to support Armenia in pursuing governmental and economic reforms.

After the presentation, follow-up questions were asked by the AUA faculty and students. The questions covered issues such as common values of the EU countries, global warming and climate change, migration to and from the UK, populism in the EU, new countries joining the EU, the almost two-decade-long candidacy of Turkey to join the EU, and the unified fiscal policy within the EU.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values., Armenia
Feb 19 2018
Turkey court returns Sanasaryan Han building to Armenians 

The Turkish Court of Cassation overturned the decision of the first instance court that the Sanasaryan Khan building should remain under the management of the country’s funds.

According to Istanbul-based Zhamanak newspaper, Sanasaryan Han was returned to the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Archbishop Aram Ateshyan appealed to the court in 2014 demanding the return of the famous building to the patriarchate.

Sanasaryan Han was built by Armenian philanthropist Mkrtich Sanasaryan in 1895. The architect of the building was Hovsep Aznavour.

Panorama, Armenia
Feb 17 2018
Photos by National Geographic taken in Artsakh stir outrage among 
Azeri users 
Famous American National Geographic magazine has published a series of photos on its Instagram account taken in Artsakh, with captions containing the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and its capital name Stepanakert.

The captions of the images have provoked an outrage among Azerbaijani users who condemn the reporters of anti-Azerbaijani bias. The comments and hysteric reactions of the Azeri users have further raised interest and drew attention to the posts from around the web with thousands of reactions and shares.

To note, National Geographic is an American satellite television network and an online magazine, featuring documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history.

9843 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables exported from republic
February 16,2018 

As of February 16, 9843 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables were exported from the Republic of Armenia, against 8043 tons in the same period of the last year.

The Armenian fresh fruits and vegetables are mainly exported to Russia (around 9,000 tons), as well as to Georgia, Belarus, UAE and Romania.

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