Artsakh Newsletter/ January 16-31, 2012
January 16-31, 2012
For Immediate Release ~ January 31, 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, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents met in Russia’s Sochi to discuss Karabakh settlement. A joint declaration has been adopted to expedite “the process of reaching understanding with regard to the Basic Principles” and encourage confidence building. Read more at: http://www.nkrusa.org/nk_conflict/statements.php?id=28
NKR Foreign Ministry welcomed UK’s position on Scotland’s intention to hold a referendum on its future status. The Artsakh ministry reiterated that human rights and self-determination are a priority for democracies. More info at: http://news.am/eng/news/91377.html
French Senate has approved a bill criminalizing the denial of genocides, including the Armenian genocide of 1915. Armenia and Artsakh thanked the French Senators for their position. A group of Senators have since appealed to the Constitutional Court to issue a judgment on the legislation’s validity.
California Assembly member Felipe Fuentes introduced a resolution to commemorate the Armenian massacres in Azerbaijan’s Sumgait, Kirovabad and Baku between 1988 and 1990. “We stand together today to acknowledge the atrocities of the past so that we do not repeat them in the future,” the assembly member said. More details at: http://asbarez.com/100621/sumgait-kirovabad-baku-massacres-commemorated-by-fuentes-resolution/
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
NKR government pledged that development of industrial infrastructure, along with agriculture and housing will remain priorities in 2012. Stepanakert is expected to have round-the-clock water supply by the end of 2012.
A first-ever Ostrich farm has been established in Artsakh, located in Gishi village, Martuni region. Read more at: http://hetq.am/eng/articles/3946/
The Huffington Post has profiled Nagorno Karabakh a one of the great tourist destinations. “If you're staying with a local, don't be surprised if you're offered homemade mulberry vodka with breakfast. Drink up”, the article says. See full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/olivia-katrandjian/nagorno-karabakh-the-black-garden_b_1223383.html#s628021
The pogroms in Baku in January 1990 against its Armenian residents was a culmination of anti-Armenian violence in response to Artsakh’s peaceful campaign for reunification with Armenia. Since January 13, 1990, Azerbaijani nationalists launched methodical, house-by-house attacks on Armenians living in the Azerbaijani capital, weeklong attacks that came to be known as Baku pogroms. As a result, scores of Armenians were killed. Soviet authorities evacuated remnants of once 250,000-strong Armenian community of Baku.
More details at: http://nkrusa.org/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=24
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Twenty years ago, on January 26, 1992, the residents of Karin Tak village of Shushi region heroically defended themselves from an attack by the Azeri army. This became one of the first serious victories of Artsakh self-defense forces and paved the way for further military successes. Twenty-two of the forty Karin Tak defenders have lost their lives in the battle against a much larger enemy force. See more info on Karin Tak village and battle at: http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Karintak_Village
On the occasion President Bako Sahakian visited the village and presented medals and awards to the participants of the defense operation. Read more at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/news/visits/1609/
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