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  • No inconsistency between Armenia’s CSTO membership and cooperation with NATO | Public Radio of Armenia
    Diplomacy Division We have good cooperation with Armenia and welcome Armenia s participation in NATO missions both in Afghanistan and Kosovo We have also launched a successful dialogue in the field of security Steffen Elgersma said Speaking about Turkey s aspiration to play a greater role in the South Caucasus he said it s natural for NATO member Turkey to be interested in the South Caucasus as it is situated closest to the region We do hope that the relations between Armenia and Turkey will improve over time he added According to Koryun Nahapetyan the Head of Armenia s delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly the relations between Armenia and NATO are developing dynamically Comments Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud 13 14 25 Nov 2015 Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army 12 43 25 Nov 2015 Armenian security forces prevent possible terrorist act in Yerevan 12 11 25 Nov 2015 Columbia University researchers confirm Turkey s links to ISIS 10 14 25 Nov 2015 Yerevan Between history and technology CNN Video 09 35 25 Nov 2015 Turkey enters into a war On the side of ISIS Italian Senat s VP 22 29 24 Nov 2015 Blast strikes bus carrying Tunisia presidential security At least 11 dead 21 08 24 Nov 2015 View all news News in pictures Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO

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  • November 9, 2015 | Public Radio of Armenia - Part 3
    the remains of orphaned survivors of the Armenian genocide are about to make way for a luxury hotel Armenia Fund launchs Our Home fundraising campaign 11 40 09 Nov 2015 Off Hayastan All Armenian Fund affiliates in the United States of America Armenia Fund Inc Los Angeles and Armenia Fund USA New York have announced the launch of their joint fundraising campaign Armenian Russian FMs to discuss a wide range of issues on bilateral agenda 11 31 09 Nov 2015 Off Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will on Monday pay a working visit to Armenia where he will hold talks with his counterpart Edward Nalbandian the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Major disturbance and fires at Christmas Island detention centre 10 14 09 Nov 2015 Off Inmates have lit fires at Australia s Christmas Island detention centre in a major disturbance that is yet to be resolved say government officials the BBC reports The 1 2 3 Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud 13 14 25 Nov 2015 Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army 12 43 25 Nov 2015 Armenian security forces prevent possible terrorist act in Yerevan 12 11 25 Nov 2015 Columbia University researchers confirm Turkey s links to ISIS 10 14 25 Nov 2015 Yerevan Between history and technology CNN Video 09 35 25 Nov 2015 Turkey enters into a war On the side of ISIS Italian Senat s VP 22 29 24 Nov 2015 Blast strikes

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  • Armenia’s Central Bank cuts key refinancing rate to 9.75 % | Public Radio of Armenia
    rate to 9 75 percent from 10 25 percent Annual inflation in the South Caucasus country was at 1 9 percent in October down from 3 3 percent in September according to central bank data The government forecasts annual inflation in a range of 2 5 5 5 percent in 2015 the same as last year s target Comments Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud 13 14 25 Nov 2015 Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army 12 43 25 Nov 2015 Armenian security forces prevent possible terrorist act in Yerevan 12 11 25 Nov 2015 Columbia University researchers confirm Turkey s links to ISIS 10 14 25 Nov 2015 Yerevan Between history and technology CNN Video 09 35 25 Nov 2015 Turkey enters into a war On the side of ISIS Italian Senat s VP 22 29 24 Nov 2015 Blast strikes bus carrying Tunisia presidential security At least 11 dead 21 08 24 Nov 2015 View all news News in pictures Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army Search Mobile application Contact us Republic of Armenia Yerevan 25 Alex Manukyan 5 Tel 00 37410 551143 Fax 00 37410 554600 Reproduction on full or

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  • Iran sees Armenia as a regional strategic trade partner: Al-Monitor | Public Radio of Armenia
    to have been welcomed by Armenian entrepreneurs as soon after a group of them announced that they will visit Iran on Nov 9 According to the Iran Chamber of Commerce s website Armenia s minister of economy will lead the delegation which consists of about 50 top managers in banking IT and agricultural businesses This could be in line with a proposal offered by Jahangiri to create a trade hub in Armenia from where Iranian goods could be re exported not only to Belarus Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan and Russia but also to Europe and the United States The head of the Iran Armenia Chamber of Commerce Levon Aharonian believes the new effort to facilitate trade could help curb corruption and cut import duties from Iran significantly In an article in the leading Iranian Tejarat e Farda economic magazine Aharonian argued that Jahangiri s proposal if accepted by the Armenian government could be a great opportunity for Iranian traders looking for broader markets However he wrote traders and officials from both sides should first help come up with a new trade mechanism to make the idea feasible Many of the 6 400 items the European Union allows to be imported from Armenia Georgia and Azerbaijan at very low tariffs can be supplied by Iranian manufacturers Aharonian noted Iran is currently Armenia s fourth largest trading partner after the European Union Russia and China Moreover the Islamic Republic s annual trade with Armenia is set to increase to 1 billion in the near future up from 300 million now Earlier this month Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan agreed with a proposal offered by the Iranian side to revive Armenia s factories built during the Soviet era Iran says the factories can be used as a base to process semi finished goods imported from Iran to eventually be exported to third countries But the Islamic Republic is not alone in its interest in Armenia The United States has provided millions of dollars in assistance to Yerevan since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 Moreover Washington has long been negotiating with the Armenian government to expand bilateral trade and investment relations Lastly the United States has as is also largely the case with Iran supported the Armenian government in its political and territorial disputes with neighboring states since its independence These parallel efforts by Tehran and Washington to court Yerevan could end up in a potential clash of interests even in the aftermath of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which has repaired US Iran relations to some extent The US 2015 budget provides 24 7 million in assistance to Armenia Washington has also reached several economic agreements with Yerevan including the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement 2015 Joint Economic Task Force 1999 Investment Incentive Agreement 1992 Agreement on Trade Relations 1992 and Bilateral Investment Treaty 1992 all of which provide platforms for deeper economic and trade cooperation between the two countries According to the Armenian National Committee of America the two countries

    Original URL path: http://www.armradio.am/en/2015/11/10/iran-sees-armenia-as-a-regional-strategic-trade-partner-al-monitor/ (2015-11-25)
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  • Armenia’s relations with Russia and West not mutually exclusive, U.S. Ambassador says | Public Radio of Armenia
    States The key questions for any nation are whether there is political will to attack corruption whether the media and civil society feel empowered to speak out against corruption and whether there are reliable judicial processes in place to investigate and prosecute the cases that are brought to light My decision to devote U S Government attention and resources to fighting corruption is not one made in a vacuum The impetus comes from the very top of the U S Government In his 2015 National Security Strategy President Obama outlines why America at all levels and in all sectors is partnering with nations and institutions fighting corruption across the globe With that in mind let me explain how I and our Embassy here in Yerevan plan to tackle this issue First of all we will continue to work with any Armenian governmental or non governmental institution that demonstrates a commitment to fighting corruption This will include U S Embassy grants to NGOs engaged in anti corruption activities and that cooperate with government bodies that make progress in fighting corruption and increasing transparency Our work will also include support to the Government s Anti Corruption Council Our financial assistance to the Council supports concrete activities such as the continued development of its anti corruption strategy and the establishment of an action plan I would like to emphasize that we have conditioned our support to the Council on the attainment of measurable achievements If the Council does not deliver our support will end plain and simple We also encourage NGOs to serve on the Anti Corruption Council for we see it as an opportunity for civil society to constructively engage in direct dialogue with the government Secondly the U S Embassy will continue to help civil society shine a spotlight on corruption and combat it This past August and September for example I believe the U S Embassy helped expand the conversation about corruption in Armenia through a series of programs and events that culminated with my interview on Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty You can expect the U S Embassy to carry out similar anti corruption focused efforts in the future I would like to focus for a moment on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative or EITI as it is an important anti corruption initiative in which the Prime Minister has demonstrated true leadership We were delighted by his announcement this past summer that the Armenian Government intends to join the EITI EITI requires that the government civil society and mining industry in Armenia come together to bring more transparency to the mining sector and foster the clean sustainable development of the industry Much work remains to be done before Armenia can achieve its goal of becoming first an EITI candidate and ultimately an EITI compliant country The Embassy stands ready to assist Armenia as it prepares its EITI candidate application Turning now to my third priority our continuing efforts to strengthen democratic institutions human rights and civil society in Armenia It was Winston Churchill who famously said Democracy is undoubtedly the worst form of government until compared to all the other options We agree my government firmly believes that democracy for all its faults is worth the work it requires because democracy is rooted in the will of the people and therefore does a better job than any other form of government of respecting the rights and opinions of individuals of solving problems peacefully and of building prosperity And one of the necessary ingredients in a functioning democracy is a strong and independent civil society This explains why the U S Government and Embassy place so much emphasis on strengthening the rule of law human rights civil society development and the empowerment including civic and political participation of women individuals with disabilities and minority populations Rest assured we will continue to place such emphasis I am encouraged by what I have seen in Armenia these past nine months While progress remains to be made particularly in rural regions I have observed a vibrant civil society that does not hesitate to voice criticism In fact I assess that Armenian civil society is after the Baltic nations among the most vital and active in the former Soviet Union Many non governmental organizations in Armenia cooperate effectively with government institutions and we strongly support this trend I think one of the most successful examples of government civil society partnerships I ve seen is the Trafficking in Persons Inter agency Working Group which represents virtually all Armenian government ministries civil society representatives and international organizations that work to stop the scourge of the trafficking in persons While such examples of effective government and civil society cooperation exist much more is needed I want to encourage both the Armenian government and civil society organizations to more fully embrace constructive engagement Too often the Armenian Government does not reach out to civil society to consult on matters of shared interest or to take advantage of their expertise And when opportunity does present itself civil society is sometimes skeptical and hesitant to engage with the Government Members of civil society must take the lead in constructively pushing for the reforms they want to see in their country Protests can galvanize the public and serve to create an environment for change but setting realistic goals engaging with government and building advocacy are equally important and require both patience and dedicated work Our message to civil society is this develop your organizational and advocacy capacities and build up local constituencies Become independent and financially sustainable That is what Armenian society needs strong savvy and financially sustainable NGOs that can represent the needs and concerns of their constituencies I have spoken at length about Armenia and the areas of partnership and engagement that we will be prioritizing I would like to end by talking more about my own country My fourth and last priority is that we the U S Embassy and I personally need to do a better job

    Original URL path: http://www.armradio.am/en/2015/11/10/armenias-relations-with-russia-and-west-not-mutually-exclusive-u-s-ambassador-says/ (2015-11-25)
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  • EU criticises Turkey over human rights and democracy | Public Radio of Armenia
    the president shortly before the 1 November elections Although Mr Erdogan himself is not named in the report s key findings there are fairly direct criticisms of Turkey s powerful president After several years of progress on freedom of expression the report warns of serious backsliding over the past two years Ongoing and new criminal cases against journalists writers or social media users intimidation of journalists and media outlets as well as the authorities actions curtailing freedom of media are of considerable concern it says Changes to Turkey s internet law allowing the authorities to block websites without a court order were a significant step back from European standards it adds The report says there has also been a severe deterioration of its security situation and that it is imperative that peace talks resume with the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party PKK designated a terrorist group by the Turkish government and the EU Hundreds have been killed in fighting between Turkish security forces and PKK fighters in the country s east and south east since a ceasefire collapsed in July Comments Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud 13 14 25 Nov 2015 Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army 12 43 25 Nov 2015 Armenian security forces prevent possible terrorist act in Yerevan 12 11 25 Nov 2015 Columbia University researchers confirm Turkey s links to ISIS 10 14 25 Nov 2015 Yerevan Between history and technology CNN Video 09 35 25 Nov

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  • Professors discuss denial of Armenian Genocide at Northwestern University | Public Radio of Armenia
    byproduct of the Armenian Genocide she asked the crowd Some of these buildings had been used for demonstrations of explosive power or target practice for the military Goshgarian said Other times these places lose parts of their structures for people to repurpose them for homebuilding These have been the fate of these structures she said Even when the ministry recognizes these buildings have some sort of historical importance some buildings get turned into a children s playground Kerem Ӧktem a professor at the University of Graz in Austria discussed memory versus recognition of the genocide and ideas like the Turkish government s denial of the genocide He also talked about the connection between societal power groups and recognition of the genocide With very little reach out in society it is important to see how many sides can exist in society he said Denialists are losing ground Barbara Lyons an Evanston resident who was at the event said she is interested in the topic of the Middle East and the Armenian Genocide Everything they told me were things I didn t know she said I read about the West carving out the East arbitrarily forming countries and that is how this whole thing got started She also commented on the shock factor of the lecture The destruction of Armenian culture is what surprised me she said They didn t just get rid of the Armenians they wanted to get rid of remembering they were there Comments Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil

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  • Militants shell Syrian city of Latakia: At least 23 dead | Public Radio of Armenia
    23 people are dead and at least 65 are at hospitals with injuries the source said Syrian State TV said two shells hit an area near Tishrin University on Tuesday afternoon Latakia is a stronghold of President Bashar Assad and has been bombed several times over the past weeks The shelling of Latakia comes as residents in the capital Damascus said rebels shelled several neighborhoods in the city There was no immediate word on casualties in Damascus Comments Recent News Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 13 56 25 Nov 2015 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar 13 53 25 Nov 2015 Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense 13 20 25 Nov 2015 Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud 13 14 25 Nov 2015 Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army 12 43 25 Nov 2015 Armenian security forces prevent possible terrorist act in Yerevan 12 11 25 Nov 2015 Columbia University researchers confirm Turkey s links to ISIS 10 14 25 Nov 2015 Yerevan Between history and technology CNN Video 09 35 25 Nov 2015 Turkey enters into a war On the side of ISIS Italian Senat s VP 22 29 24 Nov 2015 Blast strikes bus carrying Tunisia presidential security At least 11 dead 21 08 24 Nov 2015 View all news News in pictures Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia s coast 350th anniversary of first printed Armenian Bible Ayvazovski s 200th birthday put on UNESCO calendar Russian Cruiser Moskva will cover air groups in Syria with fort air defense Brazil World Cup winner Edilson accused of fraud Missing Russian jet pilot picked up by Syrian army Search Mobile application Contact us Republic

    Original URL path: http://www.armradio.am/en/2015/11/10/militants-shell-syrian-city-of-latakia-at-least-23-dead/ (2015-11-25)
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