War Talk: The newly elected President
of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev announced that reforms
of the Azerbaijani army carried out with Turkey's
help may play an important role in settling the
Karabakh conflict by military means, Yerkir online
reported October 24.
The Azerbaijani president believes that neither
bilateral negotiations, nor OSCE mediated talks
suggest any results. He added that the failure
of the OSCE mission indicates that time has come
to settle the problem through force.
Sound and Vision: The public organization
of mothers of deaf children Havat ("Belief")
organized a conference this week entitled "Integration
of the deaf into the public in Armenia" with
a grant from the UN International Development
Arminfo reported October 25 that the conference
aims to amend the law on television and radio
to provide for new daily TV information and children's
programs with appropriate translation.
Energy Warning: The Armenian government should
avoid transferring more energy facilities to Russia's
state-run RAO Unified Energy Systems (UES) utility,
a World Bank official in Yerevan said October
As reported by RFE/RL, the UES has taken over
80 percent of Armenia's power generating capacities
as a result of agreements that cleared Yerevan's
$100 million debt to Moscow over the past year.
The Russians would like to get hold of the remaining
20 percent of the Armenian energy sector.
Karabagh Resettlers: Authorities in Nagorno
Karabagh said that 12 families totaling 50 people
have moved this year to settle permanently in
the region under the "Return to Karabagh"
program steered by the Karabagh and Armenian governments.
Armenpress agency reported October 27 that families
wishing to move to Karabagh are entitled to a
range of privileges. They are given a cottage,
which they can privatize after a ten-year residential
qualification, as well as a plot of land and cattle.
Elections in Georgia: The Council of Armenian
Organizations in the Georgian province of Javakhk
has urged local Armenians to support the Jumber
Patiashavili-Ertoba bloc in the November 2 parliamentary
elections in Georgia, Yerkir online reported October
The council said that the bloc was the only one
that "has promised to pay more attention
to Armenian issues".
Gift Boxes: Armenia has provided 1,000 ballot
boxes to Georgia to assist in parliamentary elections
to be held there on November 2.
Yerkir daily reported that the boxes were provided
under a cooperation agreement signed in Yerevan
on October 28 between the Central Electoral Commissions
(CEC) of Armenia and Georgia. Georgia's representatives
said it needed 3,000 boxes to cope with an expected
1.8 million voters. They had 2,000 and the support
from Armenia filled the gap.
Lethal Legacy: Eight accidents as a result
of explosions of mines and ammunition were recorded
in the first nine months of this year on the territory
of Nagorno Karabagh.
PanARMENIAN.Net reported October 29 that HALO
Trust, the British non-governmental organization
working on unexploded munitions since 2000, continues
to contribute much to the discovery and neutralization
of mines. According to estimates of the British
sappers, some 10,000 units of unexploded munitions
remain on the territory of Karabagh.
New Refugees: In the first 9 months of this
year, 28 foreign citizens have applied for refugee
status in Armenia, PanARMENIAN.Net reported October
According to data from the UN High Commissioner
for Refugees, 12 of the 28 were accepted so far,
11 being Iraqi citizens and one an ethnic Kurd
from Turkey. Four were rejected, one of them being
a citizen of Georgia, and the rest are being considered.
Going East: Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
begun a state visit to India October 29, RFE/RL
reported. The two countries will sign agreements
on avoiding double taxation, exempting diplomats
from visas and boosting cooperation in information
technology. Trade between India and Armenia was
around $4.6 million this year and is expected
to increase by almost 50 percent in the current
Going Out of Business: A court will declare
the Armenian Airlines (AA) state-run company bankrupt
by the end of the year, Azg daily reported October
The company's property will be used to allow
AA to pay back its debts in one year's time. First
of all the company will pay the salaries of the
company's employees, 70 percent of whom have already
lost their jobs. The remaining 480 employees will
also be dismissed soon.