News from Karabagh


Artsakh’s presidential advisor, envoy resigns for enhanced political party activities
/Feb 21/ 

YEREVAN – Shortly after Artsakh reported that President Bako Sahakyan has relieved his advisor and special envoy Arayik Harutyunyan from duties, the latter made a statement, noting that he has voluntarily resigned in order to get deeper involved in his political party activities.  Harutyunyan, a former Prime Minister and State Minister of Artsakh, is the leader of the Free Fatherland (Azat Hayrenik) party.

“In order to avoid all kinds of speculations I would like to emphasize that my decision is not associated with any disagreement or problem with the President [Sahakyan]. Moreover, I am expressing my gratitude to President Sahakyan who gave me the chance in 2007 to serve our country and people for more than 11 years,” he said on Facebook.

“I am happy that today a professional team is formed which is capable of ensuring the high indocators envisaged by the government’s action plan”, he added.

“On this occasion I would like to announce that the political force led by me will continue endorsing President Sahakyan’s political course until the end of his tenure, for the sustainable and peaceful development of the Republic of Artsakh,” he said.

Harutyunyan’s Free Fatherland is the largest political party in Artsakh, currently holding majority of seats at the country’s parliament.

OSCE assesses committment of Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to prepare their peoples for peace a positive signal
Feb 21/ 

YEREVAN – The OSCE is committed to its mediation mission for the peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict and hopes to see progress in the negotiation process in the format of Minsk Group Co-chairs, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger announced during the winter session of yhe OSCE PA.

‘The commitment of the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan to prepare their populations for peace can be a very promising signal', ARMENPRESS reports Greminger as saying.

He emphasized the necessity of strengthening the role of the mediation missions of the OSCE in the settlement processes of different conflicts.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs’ format is the only mediation format engaged in Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement process. The Co-chairs are Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America.

Azerbaijani MFA spokesperson speaks about possible Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting
/Feb 25/

ShareYEREVAN, FEBRUARY 25, ARMENPRESS. Spokesperson of the foreign ministry of Azerbaijan Leyla Abdullayeva has announced about the preparation of the possible meeting between Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. ARMENPRESS reports, citing Azerbaijani media, the Azerbaijani MFA spokesperson provided no details on the terms of the meeting. “Works continue in this direction”, she said.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs also emphasized in their January statement that measures will be taken for arranging a meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders.

Pashinyan and Aliyev have held 3 non-formal meetings so far. The 1st was in Dushanbe in September 2018 in the sidelines of the CIS summit. The 2nd took place in St. Petersburg in December 2018. This time the leaders met during the dinner organized in the framework of the informal meeting between leaders of CIS states following the EAEU regular sitting. Pashinyan-Aliyev 3rd meeting took place in January 2019 in Davos in the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Armenia PM to meet with Azerbaijan president, without agenda Armenia PM to meet with Azerbaijan president, without agenda
/Feb 28/

One of our government’s priority tasks is increasing Karabakh’s being a subject in the negotiation process [to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict].

The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, on Wednesday stated the aforesaid at his get-together in Tehran, with representatives of the Iranian Armenian community, according to

“We have to meet with the president of Azerbaijan; it will be a meeting without an agenda, but discussion of the negotiation format will be one of its important benchmarks,” the PM said. “Unless we have reached agreement on the format, the contacts can’t be considered official talks.

“[But] I speak on behalf of Armenia because I’m the prime minister of the Republic of Armenia. I don’t speak on behalf of Artsakh because Artsakh has its own authorities. The Artsakh authorities should speak in the negotiation process on behalf of Artsakh. We must do everything so that Karabakh has a new level of being a subject in the negotiation process.”

Pashinyan added that in case of any threat against Artsakh, the unity of Armenians will be doubled.