Artsakh Newsletter/ January 1-15, 2012
January 1-15, 2012
For Immediate Release ~ January 15, 2012
Contact: Press Service of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic's Office in the USA
Artsakh Newsletter summarizes key developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh and is prepared by the NKR Office in the United States.
SECURITY & POLITICS
Armenian and Artsakh Presidents began 2012 with visits to Artsakh’s regions, attending the launch of a new hydro power station in Mardakert district, the opening of a newly-renovated military hospital in Askeran district and recently completed ‘Artsakh’ residential neighborhood in central Stepanakert. Read more at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/news/visits/1592/
“Artsakh’s soldiers ensure stability for the whole region” President Sahakyan stressed while meeting with Defense Army servicemen on the southern stretch of the border. More info at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/news/visits/1587/
Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia are expected to meet on January 23 and 24 in Sochi, southern Russia, for a new round of talks.
Azerbaijan has blocked additional funding for the Office of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-office for a comprehensive investigation of incidents along the contact line. Artsakh foreign ministry called the Azeri position unpromising, and contradicting to the earlier agreements. More at: http://nkr.am/en/news/2012-01-16/402/
Ireland give priority to the Karabakh peace process as the country chairs the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2012. Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore said that the OSCE Minsk Group would have his full support. Read more at: http://www.osce.org/cio/86960
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Artsakh Investment Fund continues its work supporting small and mid-scale businesses. The Fund CEO said that more than 70 business entities have received assistance from the Fund totaling $1.8 million last year. Read about Artsakh Investment Fund at: http://www.aif.am/index.php/en
Hydro power stations will remain essential for Artsakh’s energy security. In addition to six already functioning stations, two more stations are under construction. Officials note that favorable investment field and taxation have also attracted private investors in the sector.
Nine babies were born in Artsakh during the New Year holidays.
In 2011 NKR government organized English language training program for public sector employees. 78 of 100 participants successfully passed exams. Courses will continue this year.
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