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Nagorno Karabakh signal for progress

Exchanges in recent months between the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, as well as meetings of the Foreign Ministers under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, most recently in Paris on 16 January 2019, send a positive signal for progress in the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict” said the statement by the European External Action (EEAS) service spokesperson on recent developments toward the peaceful settlement of the frozen conflict.

“The European Union is looking forward to the full implementation of their outcomes, including the recent Foreign Ministers’ agreement on the need to take concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace, as well as the consideration of steps aimed at reinvigorating the negotiations.

“The European Union continues to fully support the mediation efforts and proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, including through the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, as well as through civil society confidence-building measures across the conflict divide. All would stand to benefit from lasting peace, which would help to enable the South Caucasus region to fulfill its potential.”

Political analyst Stepan Danielyan reminded before the meeting in Paris, that the election thesis of the incumbent Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on the issue of Nagorno Karabach was Yerevan refusal to conduct negotiations on behalf of Stepanakert. Many voters made their choice based on this thesis, Danielyan underlined.

Now the ministers of foreign affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan continue negotiations – they are discussing the Karabakh problem. What is discussed is not clear” the expert said. “In the past, Charles de Gaulle deceived the French, promising that France would not leave Algeria, before the elections, but after winning he did the opposite”, but Nagorno Karabakh is not Algeria, and Pashinyan is not de Gaulle, the expert warned.

According to the Armenian prosecutors the military casualties in Nagorno Karabakh in 2018 amounted to 38 servicemen, non-combat losses to 25 people.

Karim MEP: “Georgia is European”

Reflecting upon the recent developments in Georgia electing the first woman-president. the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with South Caucasus (DSCA) Sajjad KARIM (UK, ECR) shared his vision of the dynamics between the EU and the countries of the region: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, underlining their remarkable progress in rapprochement with Europe.

MEP Karim perceives the President-elect Salomé Zurabishvili as someone who “really understands the depth of the European values”, who “lived and breathed Europe” her entire life has the ability to influence the direction of the country, the people, and the entire region – the South Caucasus.

Georgia is Europe” – Karim continued, underlining the choice of a French-born woman President is a clear sign of European aspirations of the Georgians.

 

The election of the Salome Zurabishvili as a President of Georgia in the second round of elections marked her remarkable victory, establishing the ruling party candidate and former Georgian foreign minister as the first female head of state.

Zurabishvili won the run-off with 59.6 percent of the ballot, according to the Central Election Commission, while her competitor Grigol Vashadze  took 40.4 percent.

The first woman to be elected to the role was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, founded by billionaire banker Bidzina Ivanishvili, the country’s richest man. Zurabishvili is expected to try and balance pro-Western aspirations while avoiding antagonizing Moscow.

This regional Delegation serves the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Partnership Committee (PPC), the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC). These three countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – are part of the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood policy. The parliamentary extension of our relations was established in bilateral agreements, concluded with Azerbaijan in 1999, Georgia in 2014 and Armenia in 2017.

 

Villa Empain Renaissance

This summer Boghossian Foundation offers an exquisite cultural programme, combining visual arts exhibition Melancholia with virtuoso music concerts. The season opened with an exceptional event  in the framework of celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the declaration of the First Republic of Armenia in May 1918.

Celebrating the historic event with virtuoso music concerts, the organizers offered an opportunity to come in touch with genuine brilliance of talens of Armenian artists, and their openness to the world, reflected in the choice of the repertoire, equally honoring national and international composers.

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) marked Brussels cultural live offering two concerts: of classical music and jazz for the benefit of AGBU Children’s Centers in Yerevan.

The pieces of Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Babadjanian were received with the greatest enthusiasm by Brussels classic music lovers in the  Salon of the Villa Empain  performed by  Varduhi Yeritsyan (pictured), a sophisticated French-Armenian pianist with an impressive  repertoire,  and illustrious Hrachya and Sevak Avanesyan brothers.

The concerts have been organized by the Performing Arts Board of AGBU France, in partnership with the AGBU Europe Headquarters, the Boghossian Foundation,  with the support of  the Armenian communities of Brussels and Belgium.

Founded in Cairo in 1906 by philanthropist Boghos Nubar, AGBU is the largest non-profit Armenian organization in the world. It runs numerous programmes in the fields of academic research, leadership training, the preservation and the promotion of heritage, education and culture as well as humanitarian assistance and development projects.

After an elaborate historic restoration of Villa Empain, in 2010 the Boghossian Foundation established its office in the magnificent surroundings, launching a cultural project devoted to a dialogue between Occident and Orient. The Villa’s rebirth has been especially welcomed by art-lovers, enjoying here an exceptional setting for the oeuvres and performances.

With the new ownership the outstanding piece of Art Deco architecture, signed by Swiss genius Michel Polak, returned to its original profile, chosen by Baron Louis Empain, who back in 1937 made a generous gift to Belgium state with a condition to devote the building to decorative and contemporary art exhibitions. It took almost a century of turmoil and neglect, before the jewel of Art Deco shined again in its startling beauty under direction of Boghossian Foundation.

Villa Empain pool

 

 

Armenia: Pashinyan elected as Prime Minister

Armenian Parliament elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the country’s new Prime minister, who received support of 59 members, six more votes more than required.

Pashinyan was the sole candidate for the Prime minister chair, but he could not get the majority in the first sitting, while the ruling coalition still opposed his candidacy. Only after the continuous street protests, they accepted the reality, and admitted their failure. His predecessor, Serzh Sargsyan, resigned after mass protests by the opposition to his decision to become PM after two presidential mandates. The protest actions caused the collapse of the ruling coalition.

 

Pashinyan indicated Parliament agrees to endorse him as PM

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has indicated there are signs of agreement between his block and the ruling Republican Party (HHK) to support his candidacy on May 8 as the next Prime minister. And from tomorrow onwards he will engage in talks with the Republican party, and the other MPs to reach a deal.

During his  address at Yerevan Republic Square Pashinyan  said that the Republicans pledge was “only a verbal statement.” The negotiations are needed to ensure the MPs will stick to their decision in one week time, during the second Parliament sitting, he added.

However Pashinyan called off strike actions and protests for tomorrow,  May 3, telling his supporters, “Let’s have a rest.”

If we take into account the result of today’s political developments, the issue of electing your candidate for Prime minister in the second-round election is practically resolved,” Pashinian confirmed to the rally.

EU encourages Armenians for ‘comprehensive dialogue’

The Constitution provides for another session of the National Assembly to elect a new Prime Minister in seven days.
“The European Union reiterates its support to Armenia in its efforts to build a prosperous and democratic society. It remains crucial that all parties involved, including the law enforcement agencies and those exercising their right of freedom of assembly and expression, avoid confrontation and show restraint and responsibility, as has been the case in recent days. The European Union continues to encourage all stakeholders, including civil society, to engage in a comprehensive dialogue, in view of the democratic formation of a new government in accordance with the Constitution and in the interest of all Armenians.”

Armenia: Pashinyan expects to lead government

The Parliament of Armenia will decide whether to elect the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the new Prime minister, in a milestone moment for the people.

Although Pashinyan has led weeks of anti-government protests that forced former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan to resign, and is the only candidate, he needs a majority of votes from the ruling Republican Party, which is quite an unusual disposition.

Republican Party earlier said it would not put up a candidate in a bid to avoid further escalation It has been at power since 1999.

The unfortunate Prime minister for a some days, Serzh Sargsyan, who had served previously two mandates as President, stepped down on 23 April just days after being sworn in as PM. He had been blamed to break his promise to end his career as a leader after the parliamentary reform, shifting powers to Prime minister.

All 47 opposition members of the Parliament have pledged to vote for Pashinyan, but he will need votes from some Republican Party deputies to win the majority in the 105-seat house. Some experts indicate his might be short of just six ballots.

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