- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held separate phone calls with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
- Azerbaijan again blocked the sole pipeline supplying the region’s natural gas, according to Nagorno-Karabakh’s InfoCenter.
- Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said there are no negotiations underway on setting up checkpoints along the Lachin corridor, a key Azerbaijani demand.
- Armenia’s Defense Ministry said an Armenian soldier who had accidentally crossed into Azerbaijani-controlled territories had been found unharmed.
- Armenia’s ruling Civil Contract party will nominate Anahit Manasyan to serve as the country’s next human rights defender.
Foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan to meet in Washington next
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Washington next week for another round of peace talks. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said that Armenia “has no right” to negotiate on the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armen Grigoryan, the head of Armenia’s Security Council, said Yerevan may sign a peace deal with Baku by the end of the year. A Yerevan court ordered that Gayane Hakobyan, the woman accused of trying to kidnap Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s son, be placed under house arrest.
Jerusalem’s Armenian community continues protests against controversial land deal
As we continue to bring you on-the-ground coverage from Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter, CivilNet’s team spoke with Hagop Djernazian, a young Jerusalemite Armenian activist who has been organizing weekly protests calling for a controversial land deal to be revoked. In 2021, 18 Armenian clergymen at the Saint James Brotherhood in Jerusalem co-signed a statement raising concerns about a deal leasing a section of the Armenian Quarter, called the Cows’ Garden, to an Israeli Australian businessman for 99 years. Hagop and other community members we spoke to stated that the Armenian residents and community members were not properly informed or consulted about […]
Armenia’s largest gold mine closed over shelling from Azerbaijan
By Mark Dovich The Russian company that owns Sotk, Armenia’s largest gold mine, said last week it had indefinitely suspended operations at the site, citing shelling from Azerbaijan. “Further work at the Sotk open pit has become impossible due to circumstances beyond the company’s control,” GPM Gold was quoted as saying last Tuesday by Sputnik Armenia. The company confirmed that more than 700 people who work at the mine had been placed on unpaid leave. It was not immediately clear if operations would also be halted at the company’s gold smelting plant in the town of Ararat, which could lead […]
Leading Armenian mobile network operator takes stake in Georgia: Business
Team Telecom, one of Armenia’s leading mobile network operators, struck a deal to take a 30% stake in the Georgian telecommunications company SkyTel. The owner of Sotk, Armenia’s largest gold mine, indefinitely suspended operations due to cross-border fire from Azerbaijan. Armenia will appoint trade representatives to China, Germany, and the United States, more than doubling the country’s number of commercial envoys overseas. Armenia said nearly half of last year’s record economic growth could be attributed solely to “Russia-related factors.”
Pashinyan-Aliyev talks in Moldova end without agreement
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s latest round of peace talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Moldova ended without any new agreements reached. Pashinyan and Aliyev are set to hold a follow-up meeting in Brussels on July 21. Credits: Ruptly
Pashinyan to attend Erdoğan’s inauguration on first visit to Turkey
By Mark Dovich Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will attend newly reelected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inauguration Saturday in Ankara, marking the first visit by an Armenian leader to the country in over a decade. “Armenia received an invitation to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Pashinyan’s office said in a short statement Friday to the Armenpress news agency. It was not immediately clear if Pashinyan would meet with Erdoğan or any other Turkish officials during his visit. Armenia and Turkey officially recognize each other, but the two countries have never established diplomatic relations. […]
Azerbaijan resorts to hostage-taking amid ‘peace talks’ with Armenia
In the latest episodes of Insights with Eric Hacopian, Eric discusses Azerbaijan’s apparent abduction of two Armenian soldiers from Armenian territory last week and the fallout from the latest round of Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks in Moscow.
Armenians accused of selling babies still work in hospitals and
This investigation was conducted by openDemocracy.net and irpiMedia Revealed: Members of alleged illegal adoption gang that sold babies to Italy keep high-profile jobs despite charges By Tatev Hovhannisyan and Carlotta Indiano The alleged ringleader of an illegal network that is accused of selling Armenian children to Italian couples is still working in adoption while on trial, a year-long investigation has discovered. A joint probe by openDemocracy and Italian investigative website IrpiMedia has found that Anush Garsantsyan is seemingly still involved in arranging adoptions. And many of her 10 co-defendants – including Armenia’s top obstetrician, a key government official responsible for […]