For Immediate Release ~ August 24, 2011
Contact: The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States
Artsakh Newsletter is produced by the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States covering political and economic developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh.
POLITICS & SECURITY
On August 21, NKR Defense Army service member Nver Sarkisian (born in 1980) received gunshot wounds as a result of ceasefire violation by Azerbaijani armed forces. The incident occurred at a combat position located in the eastern section of the Line of Contact.
Four members of the French parliament visited Artsakh on August 22. The delegation led by Guy Teissier, Chairman of the French National Assembly’s Committee on National Defense, met with local parliamentarians and was received by President Bako Sahakian. Read more at: http://asbarez.com/97743/french-legislators-in-%E2%80%98solidarity%E2%80%99-visit-to-karabakh/
Meeting with a group of students from European and former Soviet countries, acting Foreign Minister Vasily Atajanyan touched upon the history of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict, noting that the international community should acknowledge the de facto 20-year independence of Artsakh. Read more at: http://www.nkr.am/en/news/2011-08-12/372/
Artsakh MPs considered and approved amendments to the Law on Local Self-Government and the Electoral Code of the NKR. The move was intended to improve the existing legislation prior to the local self-government elections scheduled for September 18.
Without the direct participation of Nagorno Karabakh in the negotiation process, no settlement is possible, said Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan during his interview to the Washington Post. The latter has published a series of articles from Artsakh in cooperation with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nagorno-karabakh-wants-a-seat-at-the-table/2011/07/08/gIQAxXGf3H_story.html
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See also a short photo session from Artsakh at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-nagorno-karabakh-fears-of-renewed-war/2011/08/11/gIQAukDl9I_gallery.html#photo=1
BUSINESS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY
A new Avan Shushi Plaza hotel was opened in Shushi. The project was implemented by Diaspora philanthropists. Read more at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/news/visits/1389/
Base Metals, Karabakh Telecom, Artsakhenergo, Artsakhgas, Artsakh Bank and Dorozhnik LLCs have been Artsakh’s largest taxpayers in the first half of 2011, which, according to the State Tax Service, provided more than two thirds of the republic’s budget revenues.
As of August 1of this year, consumer price index in Artsakh soared by 109 per cent as compared to the same period of 2010. The value of the minimum consumer basket has amounted to about 145 U.S. dollars, while the minimum food basket is about 80 U.S. dollars.
Shushi hosted a five-day "Hayordiner" camp with participation of scouts from Artsakh, Armenia and Iran. Held under the motto "The path is right if it leads to homeland," the event was initiated by Stepanakert-based "Hayk’s Generation" youth NGO. Fruitful Armenia Foundation announced the launch of a New Educational Strategy (NUR) program in Artsakh. The program will provide laptops to 6- to 12-year old Artsakh children. Read more at: http://armenpress.am/eng/print/661182/
On September 2-5, BarCamp Artsakh-2011 forum on information technologies will take place in Shushi. The event will be organized by the Center for Development of Information Technologies with the assistance of the NKR Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs and is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. To participate in the forum, please contact the Center for Development of Information Technologies, e-mail: email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until August 27.
About the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, was formed in 1991 based on a declaration of its legislature and results of a subsequent popular referendum. Supported by Armenians around the world, the people of Artsakh then defended their choice in a war unleashed by Azerbaijan. Artsakh has emerged as a democratic, rule-of-law state with capable armed forces, a growing market economy, and an independent foreign policy.
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