Neighboring Countries


The ban on import of grain cargo via Georgia’s land route delayed till October
/Sept 15/

The ban on import of the grain cargo via Georgia’s land route has been delayed till October 1, Armenia’s Transport, Communication and IT Ministry press service reports.
The Ministry officials continue talks with the Georgian partners over prevention of losses by Armenian transporters in case of railway or ferry-boat transportation.

Armenia PM: We are not going to hold secret talks with any leader, including Erdogan
/Sept 16/

YEREVAN. – The Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan said he is not going to hold any secret talks with any leader, including Turkey’s Erdogan.

His comment came in response to speculations about his meeting with Erdogan.

 “Such thing has not happened, the only contacts, and I told it before, took place in Brussels when the Turkish foreign minister was passing by, then he came back, said hello and left. No one is going to hold any secret talks with any leader, especially with Turkish president. We are not going to take any secret moves. If there is any conversation, public will be informed,” Pashinyan told reporters in the town of Armavir.

Asked whether the situation on Armenia-Azerbaijan border is tense given that an Armenian villager was injured, Pashinyan said that the situation on the border has been tense for already 30 years. He also said that he had talked to the injured villager.

When asked about Turkish teen who crossed illegally the Armenian border, PM urged to send inquiries to the police.

Earlier Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper said that Erdogan called Armenian PM and asked to hand over 16-year-old villager Umut Ali Özmen to Turkey. The Armenian Foreign Minister has dismissed reports about a phone call.

‘Baku should be interested in negotiating with Nagorno Karabakh as soon as possible’, says Armenia’s PM
/Sept 15/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has addressed the NK conflict settlement in an intereview to the French newspaper Le Monde.

Asked how he plans to overcome the diplomatic deadlock which exists between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh issue, the PM said: “Let’s consider the reality which exists. The Azerbaijani government wants to create an impression that Nagorno Karabakh must be in Azerbaijan’s territory but they want to achieve this goal without having dialogue with the government of Nagorno Karabakh? I don’t understand the logic here – to say that Nagorno Karabakh should be within the same state as Azerbaijan but not to be willing to talk to it [NK] about this. Azerbaijan is contradicting itself. If Baku is willing to live in the composition of the same state as Nagorno Karabakh, it must be interested in negotiating with Nagorno Karabakh as soon as possible, or Baku wants to [take over] Nagorno Karabakh without the people who are living there. This will mean that Azerbaijan wants to expel or annihilate the residents of Nagorno Karabakh. [Perhaps] Baku is preparing for a new genocide against Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh? If so, then the government of Nagorno Karabakh has the validity to claim that Armenians cannot live in the territory of the same state as Azerbaijan, because being a part of Azerbaijan is a threat to any citizen of Nagorno Karabakh.”

Turkish businessmen want to open direct flight from Diarbekir to Yerevan
/Sept 17/ARKA/

YEREVAN – A group of businessmen from the southeastern Turkish province of Diarbekir plan to launch a direct flight from Diarbekir to Yerevan, the Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists of Armenia said after a meeting with a Turkish delegation headed by Vice President and founder of the Chamber of Commerce of Diarbekir Husni Pervane in Yerevan yesterday.
Turkish businessmen said they expected their Armenian counterpart’s assistance in this matter. Arsen Ghazaryan, the chairman of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists of Armenia, who is also a co-chairman of an Armenian-Turkish economic relations commission, was said to have expressed satisfaction with this plan, recalling that in 2009 the Union initiated the opening of the Yerevan-Van (Turkey) flight, however for political reasons that project was suspended by the Turkish authorities.
Ghazaryan assured that this time the Union will make every effort to help open the air route. In 2011, the Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists of Armenia signed a memorandum of cooperation with Diarbekir province, followed by a string of business meetings.

Armenia’s Ombudsman to send emergency report on Azerbaijani cross-border shooting to int’l organizations
/Sept 15/

The office of the Armenian Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) has received reports that the Azerbaijani military has once again attacked border towns in Tavush province with cross-border shooting during September 13-15.

According to the data, the Azerbaijan shooting targeted a school, civilian buildings and roads in the Baghanis village.

The shooting in Chinari village has damaged the local kindergarten and civilian homes. According to local officials and residents, the gunfire came from large caliber heavy machine guns and snipers.

The Ombudsman’s office said it will soon finalize its fact-finding mission over the issue.

An emergency report will be sent to international human rights organizations, the office said.