ARTSAKH NEWSLETTER/ March 15-31, 2012
For Immediate Release ~ March 31, 2012
Contact: Press Service of the NKR Office in the United States
Artsakh Newsletter summarizes key developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, and is prepared by the NKR Office in the United States.
SECURITY & POLITICS
In a message timed to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE Minsk Group President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan thanked leaders of Russia, France and the United States for their consistent efforts to find peaceful settlement of NK conflict. Foreign Ministers of the three Minsk Group Co-Chair countries issued a statement urging the conflicting sides to “prepare their populations for peace, not war.” Artsakh and Armenia welcomed the statement. Read statement at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/03/186622.htm See more at: http://news.am/eng/news/98381.html
Acting foreign minister of NKR highlighted non-constructive position of Azerbaijan and their policy of xenophobia directed against all Armenians as main obstacles for conflict resolution. Read more at: http://nkrusa.org/news/daily_news.php?id=2679
Arrtsakh condemned the suggestion to replace France in the OSCE Minsk Group that can endanger the whole negotiation process. More info at: http://news.am/eng/news/98384.html
More than 30 Congressmen called for an increase in U.S. aid to Artsakh, strengthening restrictions on aid to Azerbaijan, returning NKR to the negotiation table, and more contacts with Artsakh officials. Read more at: http://nkrusa.org/news/daily_news.php?id=2700
Hundreds of Canadian-Armenians from all over the country held a demonstration at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ottawa to protest against continuing anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan, including aggression, intimidation and hostility towards Armenians. Read more at: http://www.armradio.am/eng/news/?part=soc&id=22371
Artsakh Republic's next presidential elections have been scheduled for July 19, 2012.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
NKR government and Valex group agreed on new large mining project at the Kashen, Martakert region. The group is going to invest around $80 million for this project. More info at: http://artsakhtert.com/eng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=591:-a-new-mining-program-is-starting&catid=11:official&Itemid=23
Artsakh president convened working consultation on socio-economic issues of Hadrut region. Read more at: http://news.am/eng/news/98664.html
More than 11 thousands foreign visitors traveled to Artsakh during last year, which is about 30 percent more in comparison with 2010, informs NKR Foreign Ministry. See more at: http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/100412/Artsakh_attracts_tourists_from_US_China_Kenya_Indonesia
Artsakh's capital Stepanakert is preparing for the Triple Victory Day's celebration on May 9. The capital's Renaissance Square is under intensive reconstruction to host a number of foreign guests and participants of festive events.
Further cooperation between the universities of Armenia and Artsakh was discussed during a visit by Armenia’s education minister Armen Ashotyan. Read more at: http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/99278/
Artsakh government is continuing to compensate deposits of its citizens that were devalued following the Soviet collapase.
“ArtsakhBank” is administering the program. Read more at: http://news.am/eng/news/97848.html
On March 21, 2012, the Council of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) met in Helsinki and issued a statement calling for a special conference in Minsk, Belarus on the issue of Nagorno Karabakh with the involvement of Artsakh representatives as a party to the conflict. Although the conference itself was never convened, the initiative laid a foundation for the establishment of the main mediation format, the OSCE Minsk Group that spearheads the efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Since 1997 France, Russia and the United States have co-chaired the Minsk Group. Read more at: http://nkrusa.org/nk_conflict/osce_minsk.shtml
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About the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, was established in 1991 basing on a declaration of the local legislature, and results of a subsequent nation-wide referendum. The people of Artsakh defended their choice in a war unleashed by Azerbaijan. The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, 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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