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  • Armenia is collapsing. Armenians please wake up! - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    opinion paying for the salaries of the Justice Department staff is a waste of Armenian taxpayers money With that note I find it important to state that Armenia s Police Department s only job has been the use of police brutality and the disbursing of the peaceful protestors in Armenia I am sure that we are all aware of Armenia s financial debt which keeps growing Armenia s Finance Ministry is worried about how they are going to pay Russia s debt since Russia already owns everything in Armenia There is nothing left to give as payment for the loans What if European countries the World Bank and others start asking for payment of their loans What will Armenia s government do How can 40 of Armenia s population live in poverty and below poverty level Armenia s debt exceed the 4 billion and people die of hunger and malnutrition when there are 11 billionaires and over 200 millionaires in Armenia When the USSR got dissolved and Armenia declared its independence those who are wealthy now were Komsomol and Communist party members which means they were not billionaires and millionaires then and they did not inherit their wealth They stole from Armenia s treasury They stole from Armenians The Armenian leaders in Diaspora and the Armenian politicians who are playing as opposition to cover up the fact that Serzh Sargsyan is a dictator whether knowingly or unknowingly are contributing to Armenia s destruction That s all right I guess because we have an ancient history that dates back to 10 000 B C That s the level of intellect that Armenia s intelligentsia is brainwashing the Armenians with I saw an announcement for an event that will be hosted in USC to prepare for 2115 Really What was accomplished in 2015 a hundred years past the 1915 genocide of the Armenians in Western Armenia What are you planning to achieve in 2115 Another 100 years of deception Enough For 100 years Armenians were screaming Genocide Never Again and 1915 Never Again and that is enough Why not take preventive actions to make sure it never happens again The only way I know it can be accomplished is by selecting our friends We cannot choose our neighbors We cannot choose our family but we can choose our friends A friend is someone who has common interests that you have In our case our friends are the people in the region who have the same economic interests and our allies are the people who have the same geopolitical threats and challenges When in March of 2014 the Geopolitical Club Los Angeles invited the Armenian Student Association of USC and PACSA to host a seminar with the Armenian and the Iranian students of USC not a single Armenian student showed up to our seminar Why Probably because they had orders not to show up In fact they planned an off campus Armenian event shortly after we invited them They did that in order

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  • Who Will Supply Equipment for Karabakh Border? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    specific actions are discussed for the conflict area Today Seiran Ohanyan and the permanent representative of the OSCE CiO Andrzej Kasprzyk met in Yerevan During the meeting Seiran Ohanyan underlined the importance of putting in place mechanisms for the prevention of incidents In his turn the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Pyotor Svitalsky announced that next week the EU Special Representative will be in Armenia next week who will discuss with the president and the authorities the possibility of support from the EU He thinks that the best means to support will be the guarantees of maintaining peace in Karabakh and assistance to the Minsk Group A peace guarantee means certain mechanisms of investigation perhaps and the EU is ready to support What do these mechanisms mean According to the open information it is about withdrawing snipers from the front line the expansion of the OSCE mandate and increase of its representatives on the line of contact The American side offers another means deployment of sensor equipment on the border which will allow identifying those guilty for the violation of ceasefires What actions are discussed and which one does Armenia agree to Will the equipment be installed on

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  • European Friends of Armenia. 2016 starts with EU-Armenia executive and parliamentary meetings - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    meetings took place both between the government representatives and also the lawmakers as this showcases the importance that EU and Armenia attach to their relations comments Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa EuFoA Director The depth and substance of the adopted statements can also give hope for strengthening of EU Armenia relations and especially quick signing of a new legally binding framework agreement In this regard the PCC welcomed the high level opening of EU Armenia negotiations on 7 December 2015 in view of a new comprehensive framework agreement that would cover political economic and sectoral cooperation Noting that EU and Armenia are not starting from scratch but can use the results of the work carried in the negotiation process for the Association Agreement the PCC expressed its hope for a swift completion of the EU Armenia negotiations The mobility agenda was also referred to and both sides assessed positively the implementation of the Visa Facilitation and Readmission agreements which can open the way to the opening of a visa liberalisation dialogue Both bodies underlined as well the importance of EU s support in implementing the reforms agenda in Armenia In addition the EU recognised also Armenia s positive role played in the Syrian refugee crisis The PCC called on the European Commission and the EU member states to consider in a positive light any support request from the Armenian authorities in carrying out relevant programmes aimed at the further social integration of the Syrian refugees in Armenia The worrisome situation in Nagorno Karabakh was recalled with the PCC expressing its deep concern regarding the continued and rising human cost of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the increasingly serious violations of the cease fire agreement including by the use of heavy artillery mortars which repeatedly led to the loss of life even

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  • Peace Will Be Imposed on Azerbaijan - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the international community to protect the population of Armenia from Azerbaijan s aggression The ambassador drew attention to the dangerous level the shooting by Azerbaijan has reached In September 2015 for example three women were killed by fire Armenia has called Azerbaijan to form mechanisms of violation of the ceasefire and to withdraw snipers The issue of forming mechanisms of investigation of incidents is becoming crucial in the process of the Karabakh settlement Apparently together with the mediators Armenia is trying to force Azerbaijan to agree to the proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group co chairs The discussion of this issue is an important diplomatic step Armenia does not demonstrate an official attitude to the U S initiative on installing special equipment in the area of the Armenian Azerbaijani conflict Experts say that the mechanisms of investigation which Armenia is speaking about do not necessitate such equipment Baku refuses the proposals on mechanisms but the international community is prone to induce Turkey Recently the German foreign minister chairing the OSCE this year has announced about the necessity to install such mechanisms It is not known whether a meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss these mechanisms is

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  • Karabakh-based NGOs Appeal the PACE Members - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    documents were prepared without PACE rapporteurs visit to the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and without any communication and interaction with the authorities and the civil society of the Republic The NGO representatives of the NKR have alerted the PACE members that the possible adoption of the draft resolutions would have an extremely negative effect on the process of peaceful settlement of the NagornoKarabakh conflict The documents put forward for your consideration have nothing to do with the peace process pursue propagandistic goals and may offer certain advantages to the Azerbaijani authorities who in spite of the commitments taken do not exclude the use of force in the solution of political problems constantly and flagrantly violate the ceasefire agreement in the conflict zone and persecute civil activists in their own country including the participants of peacekeeping projects note the authors of the appeal The NGO leaders of Artsakh expressed their conviction that the PACE could help to achieve peace in the region exclusively through supporting the formation and development of civil society in all three conflicting countries For democratically developed Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia it would be much easier to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the Azerbaijani Karabakh conflict

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  • Armenia Welcomes Lifting of Sanctions Imposed on Iran: MFA - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Photo Gallery Armenia Welcomes Lifting of Sanctions Imposed on Iran MFA Lragir am Politics Monday 18 January 2016 00 01 The Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan has made a statement on the lifting of sanctions on Iran We welcome the beginning of implementation of agreements on Iran s nuclear program the elimination of sanctions on Iran Armenia is committed to deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with friendly Iran the statement of

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  • Real Danger to Armenia in Europe - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    terms of forming a tangible negative attitude In the long run the viability of the Azerbaijani and Turkish lobby in the European parliamentary organizations is the result of failure or lack of the parliamentary diplomacy of Armenia the inefficiency of the Armenian delegations in the European parliamentary organizations In this sense ahead of the PACE session in January the resolutions which may be adopted are not danger and risk for Armenia and Artsakh Their importance should not be underestimated but should not be overestimated either The deeper risk for Armenia is that the same parliamentary delegation of Armenia is attending the PACE session in January The danger for Armenia is the delegation which represents Armenia to the PACE headed by the Republican deputy speaker Hermine Naghdalyan On the other hand the parliamentary picture of Armenia is such that it is impossible to form a delegation that will be able to serve the interests of Armenia more effectively adequate to geopolitical processes and tendencies Aside from members of parliament who could be counted on hands the Armenian parliament has no resources which would be viable for parliamentary diplomacy And in this particular case the issue is not the quantitative resource of the members of parliament but the entire potential of the parliamentary diplomacy or to put it otherwise the availability of a political parliament The Armenian parliament is not political but criminal oligarchic where people with criminal records and vested interests prevail And the issue is not that they may not take the floor for years and though many of them regularly brief reporters it is often difficult to identify whether it is the press teasing them with political questions or they are teasing the press and the public with answers which are absurd and cynical The problem is that the

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  • Is Gazprom Pushed Out of the Caucasus? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    So what are Gazprom Armenia Georgia and Iran discussing There is a tendency to give up on new pipelines in the world the reason for which is possible decrease in demand and oil prices The countries which have oil and gas reserves are trying to sell them as soon as possible using the existing pipelines or transport through other means After the elimination of the sanctions Iran will try to sell gas as soon as possible and one of the options is to push Gazprom out of its traditional markets First of all this is about Europe but Iran s entry there is more complicated The Caucasus Armenia and Georgia is closer Experts think the Iran Armenia pipeline will allow supplying an annual 2 billion cu m of gas to Armenia when Armenia s demand is 1 7 cu m The surplus may be sold to Georgia at a lower price This might be the subject of the talks For this deal to take place Iran must persuade Georgia to give up on the Russian gas transit to Armenia If Tbilisi refuses Gazprom the transit Armenia will have to buy Iranian gas Since the pipeline in Armenia belongs to Gazprom the latter will have to agree to the deal The scenario seems incredible but Georgia already demands that Gazprom pay money not gas for transit It is not known what money is meant Georgia may put forth a condition that Russia will stop transit Azerbaijan was in a similar situation a few years ago It raised the rent for Gabala radio location station 40 times and Russia gave up on it In that case Gazprom will not be able to supply gas to Armenia in other words it will lose another loyal customer Recently Ukraine has refused to buy Russian

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