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Artsakh minister: Shushi turning into museum town
/Nov 13/Panorama/

Artsakh’s Shushi is gradually turning into a museum town, Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Tourism Lernik Hovhannisyan told his Armenian colleagues on Monday.

“We are trying to elaborate new policies in the cultural sector, especially toward libraries and museums,” he said during a meeting at the Armenian Ministry of Culture.

The official said a new building of the Historical-Geological Museum of Artsakh will be put into operation in 2019, with steps underway to transfer Shushi History Museum to a better place, the ministry said in a statement. 

“In general, Shushi is gradually turning into a museum town. It is home to the Dram Museum of the Armenian Central Bank, the Museum of Carpet Private Collections,” the minister said.

The statement stressed that the preservation of monuments is the most complex issue facing the Armenian and Artsakh cultural sectors amid limited funds. 120 million drams are allocated under the state budget for preservation of around 10,000 monuments in Artsakh, which fails to settle the issue. Meantime, authorities also rely on the financial assistance of philanthropists to deal with the problem. 

Artsakh culture minister says he expects active cooperation with his Armenian partners, particularly in the areas of monument restoration, expert trainings, book publication and cultural education.

Bolton’s expectations are not realistic, Artsakh FM says
/Nov 15/MediaMax/

Yerevan – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh Masis Mayilian said that "U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s expectations for the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict settlement are not realistic for various reasons.”

John Bolton stated in Yerevan that following the December parliamentary elections in Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan will, most likely, have a strong mandate, which will allow to take decisive steps in some areas, including the Karabakh conflict settlement.

 “The positions of the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia on the settlement are clear. For many years, the authorities of the Republic of Artsakh have consistently stressed the need to restore the trilateral format of the negotiations, with direct and full participation of the Republic of Artsakh in all the stages, which is crucial in facilitating a peaceful settlement and ensuring the effectiveness of the process. The settlement, in turn, must be based on the recognition of the fact that the people of Artsakh have exercised their right to self-determination. In this regard, I consider it necessary to confirm the willingness of the authorities of Artsakh to de jure assume their share responsibility for ensuring stability and peace in the region,” Masis Mayilian told in an interview to Azat Artsakh republican newspaper, commenting on Bolton’s statement.

Artsakh FM emphasized that acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan also stated the necessity to return Artsakh to the negotiation table, which is also enshrined in the Armenia’s Government program.