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Elman Jalilov, who was Heydar Aliyev’s former consultant on legal issues, while being at the office of chairman of Armed Forces of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic said that Heydar Aliyev did not die a natural death, the Azerbaijani news agency "Haqqin.az" writes.
- 22:00 | In the world Suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a man put a letter on the altar of the 850-year-old monument Tuesday, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.
Source: ABC news
- 21:45 | In the world Putin calls on shipbuilder to speed up naval deliveries
Russian President criticized the United Shipbuilding Corporation on Tuesday for delays in delivery of warships to the Russian Navy and demanded the shipbuilders improve efficiency.
- 21:36 | Region Iran cracks down on activists in runup to election
Political prisoners in some of the country's most notorious jails have had their parole or visiting rights withdrawn and some transferred to solitary confinement.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:30 | In the world EU mission seeks to rebuild Mali army after U.S. faltered
Under a blazing sun and the critical gaze of British and Irish instructors, a line of 11 Malian soldiers lie prone in the dust firing AK-47 rounds at targets, one-by-one.
- 21:20 | In the world Marks & Spencer admits fashion mistakes for women as it unveils annual profits fall to £665 million
Profits at Marks & Spencer have slumped to their lowest level in four years amid a succession of fashion disasters with dowdy designs and lack of stock.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 21:12 | In the world Guatemalan Court overturns genocide conviction of ex-Dictator
The decision by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court was a dramatic legal victory for General Ríos Montt, 86.
Source: The New York Times
- 21:05 | In the world China’s culture of hacking cost the country $873 million in 2011
That estimate is according to a recent study by academics at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University.
Source: The Washington Post
- 20:56 | In the world Syria and Israel in exchange of fire
Israel returned fire after one of its military vehicles was hit by shots from Syria, Israel's defence forces say.
- 20:50 | In the world Saudi Arabia says arrests 10 from iranian Spy Ring
Eight are Saudis, one Lebanese and one Turkish national.
Source: ABC news
- 20:40 | In the world Syria's gains renew pressure on U.S.
The Syrian army battled Monday alongside Hezbollah militants to reclaim a rebel-held city, amplifying pressure on President Barack Obama to find a way to alter the course of events in the widening civil war.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:33 | In the world Russia outraged over Eurovision vote count fault
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the disappearance of votes awarded by Azerbaijan to Russian singer Dina Garipova at the recent Eurovision Song Contest as “an outrageous action”.
- 20:25 | In the world Obama pledges all necessary help for tornado-hit Oklahoma
President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to make available all necessary U.S. government resources to Oklahoma to help in the rescue and recovery effort in the aftermath of a devastating tornado.
- 20:17 | In the world David Cameron: I would never work with those who sneer at activists
UK Prime minister sends personal note to party members as senior figure claims he is 'worse than John Major'.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:12 | Region Mexican intellectuals are outraged by Azerbaijani ambassador’s comparison of Jose Sarukhanyan with Himmler
Mexican Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Jean Mayer responded to the article of Ilgar Mukhtarov, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico, published in the newspaper "Milenio".
- 20:11 | In the world Apple's Tim Cook set to defend tax strategy in Senate
The appearance comes just a day after the same panel branded Apple's complex structure the "Holy Grail of tax avoidance".
- 20:05 | In the world Syrian opposition groups say Assad must go
Syrian opposition groups meeting in Spain say they oppose all negotiation with President's government unless it is aimed at his giving up of power.
Source: ABC news
- 20:00 | In the world Oklahoma Twister is worst in recent memory including one that hit same town in 1999
The catastrophic storm that tore through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday bears striking similarities to other powerful tornadoes that have killed hundreds of people and caused billions in damage.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 18:59 | Region NKR President meets with Armenian deputy attorney-general
Issues related to the activities of prosecutor’s office were discussed during the meeting.
Source: presidential press service
- 18:29 | Armenia Increase in public transport fares not discussed by Yerevan Mayor’s Office
“The so-called “news” that has appeared in social networks under the title “URGENT” saying that public transport fares will increase from June 1 is untrue,” said the head of the Public Relations Department of Yerevan Mayor’s Office.
- 17:54 | In the world Radioactive leak found at US nuclear power plant
Half-inch long cracks around a nozzle on one of the tanks of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant have been discovered.
Source: Voice of Russia
- 17:20 | Region Artsakh leader meets with Armenian Police Chief
Issues related to the activities of law enforcement bodies and cooperation between police departments of the two Armenian states in this field were in the focus of the discussion.
Source: presidential press service
- 16:56 | In the world Wayne Rooney welcomes second son
Coleen and Wayne Rooney proudly showed off the first snap of their new baby boy after the ‘delighted’ couple welcomed his arrival in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
- 16:43 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan: Gas price increase is purely economic issue
According to the MP, the gas price increase is a challenge to Armenia’s economy.
- 16:41 | Armenia Mher Hovhannisyan takes second prize at Limburg Open
GM Vladimir Dobrov (Russia) became the winner.
- 15:48 | Region U.S. State Department: Religious freedom in Azerbaijan continues to be violated
In the U.S. annual International Religious Freedom Report notes that the religious freedom in Azerbaijan is still violated.
Source: U.S. annual International Religious Freedom Report
- 15:48 | Armenia Khachatur Kokobelyan: New government program does not differ from previous one
“I would ask to take it back, to outline all problems and present the ways of their solution,” said the independent MP.
- 15:13 | Armenia DPA leader: Membership to Customs Union could help solve Karabakh issue
“We should have joined the Customs Union if we wanted the gas price to remain equal to Russia’s internal price,” said Aram Sargsyan.
- 14:13 | Armenia ANC MP Hrant Bagratyan proposes government to solve three important problems
Former Armenian Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan says the government program submitted by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan is not satisfactory because it involves all sectors but says nothing about the future actions of the government.
- 13:37 | Armenia Alexander Arzumanyan to vote against government program
MP Alexander Arzumanyan says the government program submitted to the parliament is not new, but is rather the revised version of the old program.
- 12:51 | Armenia ARFD MP: Government program lacks clear formulations
“The program does not reflect the main challenges faced by the country,” Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 12:00 | Armenia Tigran Sargsyan unveils reason of gas price increase
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan admits that Russia increases the price for natural gas supplied to Armenia due to the fact that Armenia refused to join the EurAsEC customs union.
Source: 168 Hours
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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez announced at a news conference following a board meeting Monday that a mutual agreement was reached for Mourinho's departure.
- 11:08 | In the world Iran’s Saeed Jalili warns West over Syria
Iran – which maintains strong connections with President Bashar-al Assad’s regime – has come out strongly, warning the West against arming the rebels.
- 10:34 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir cannot oppose RPA
While the other parliamentary factions are going to vote against the government program, Orinats Yerkir faction will vote for it.
- 09:45 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia opposed to government program
Despite the recent statement of Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukyan that his party cannot be opposition, PAP will vote against the government program submitted to the parliament.
- 09:43 | In the world Henrikh Mkhitaryan called by Armenia national team
From 28 May to 12 June, Armenia will hold a training camp.
Source: FC Shakhtar
- 09:29 | In the world Today marks World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
- 09:07 | In the world US and China leaders to hold summit
The US and Chinese presidents will hold their first summit in California in June.
- 09:06 | In the world Obama urges Myanmar to stop violence against Muslims
Obama called for an end to the killings of Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar's Rakhine state.
- 09:02 | In the world Guatemala court overturns ex-dictator's genocide conviction
Guatemala's top court overturned the genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and ordered on Monday that his trial restart.
- 08:56 | In the world Iraq Shiites targeted in fresh violence
A string of car bombings and shootings across Iraq left more than 50 people dead Monday.
- 08:51 | In the world North Koreans 'free Chinese crew'
A Chinese fishing crew seized by North Koreans two weeks ago has been freed along with their boat.
- 08:46 | In the world Dozens dead in Oklahoma tornado
At least 51 people, including 20 children, have been left dead after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs.
- 08:40 | Armenia No significant precipitation expected
The air temperature will go up in daytime by 3-4 degrees.
- 22:00 | Armenia 2 men arrested in killing over iPad in Las Vegas
Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday.
Source: ABC News
- 21:46 | Region Eurovision: Azerbaijan probes Russian 'nul points'
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has ordered an inquiry into why his country gave Russia "nul points" at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest.
- 21:38 | In the world Nigeria eases curfew in northeast, fights on against Boko Haram
Nigeria relaxed a curfew on Monday in parts of the northeast where its troops are mounting their biggest offensive yet against militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram.
- 21:27 | In the world Russia delivers first Lada cars to Venezuela
Russia has delivered a first batch of 450 Lada cars to Venezuela, said Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Russian Technologies high-tech state corporation's international economic cooperation department.
- 21:20 | In the world Fighting breaks out in Congo
Fighting erupted between the Congo national army and the M23 rebel group near the mineral-trading city of Goma, ending a nearly six-month lull in violence around the city.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 21:08 | In the world 'Terrorist attack' in Moscow prevented
Russian counter-terrorism agents have carried out a raid on a group planning a terrorist act in Moscow killing two suspects, officials say.
- 21:00 | In the world Yahoo is investing big-time in the social media
The company announced today that it has purchased Tumblr, the popular blogging and social media network, for $1.1 billion.
Source: ABC News
- 20:50 | Region NDM of Hungary refutes information on having issued postage stamps in honor of Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev
The Hungarian postal service, Magyar Posta, had nothing to do with a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Azerbaijan’s strongman leader Heydar Aliyev, the National Development Ministry said on Monday, The Budapest Times reports.
Source: The Budapest Times
- 20:45 | In the world Hezbollah suffers big losses in Syria battle
About 30 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair.
- 20:32 | In the world Without U.S. helicopters, afghans struggle to save wounded
The roads were too dangerous for an army ambulance.
Source: The Washington Post
12:44 16/06/2012 » Interviews
NKR PM: We all need to work toward recognition of Karabagh
On May 2, Armenian Weekly Assistant Editor Nanore Barsoumian discussed with with Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) Prime Minister Ara Haroutyunyan in his Stepanakert office the challenges facing the young republic. The full text of the interview is below.
Thank you for this opportunity. First, I want to ask you about Karabagh’s domestic politics, and then discuss regional issues.
In regards to domestic issues, of course Karabagh is a young republic, only 20 years old, and it still doesn’t have a state-building tradition. However, it already has a direction; it has chosen the principles of democracy. We are moving ahead with those principles. The government is being shaped by the will of the people, expressed through elections. The most fundamental achievement is our steadfast and firm march towards state-building. We have many domestic issues, social problems, and problems with infrastructure. After the Soviet years, and the devastation of the war, we have inherited a tattered economy, and we face the challenge of reviving that economy—in fact, not only reviving it, but bringing it up to step with the scientific and technological developments of the day. Solving these problems requires large financial resources. We are moving ahead step by step. Every year new construction projects are completed, but we still have a long way to go. We consider the development of our economy as the most important issue of the day, as it will also provide a way for us to solve other problems.
Regionally, little has been accomplished. There is no political progress with Azerbaijan, although negotiations are ongoing. Azerbaijan is not ready for a compromise. And as far as we are concerned, one-sided compromises will never happen. That is why the status quo has been maintained by force until today. Of course, ceasefire violations continue. When faced with gunfire from the Azeri side, we respond. Broadly speaking, however, peace has reigned for some years now, and I am convinced that this will continue.
Despite Aliyev’s jingoistic language and the increase in the government’s weapons procurement?
Yes, despite all that. We know that Aliyev’s announcements are first and foremost for internal consumption. The Azeri leadership and the international community realize full well the devastation that could be caused by renewed conflict in the region, as well as the unpredictable consequences of the resumption of hostilities, which is why I am convinced that we won’t have another war. As far as weapons procurement is concerned, we are not falling behind. Armenia’s and Artsakh’s defense armies are equipped with the required weapons and ammunition to maintain the status quo. We never fall back. We just don’t talk as much about it. Our level of preparedness is in no way less than that of the Azeri armed forces.
Going back to the domestic issues, how is the state of the villages in Karabagh? I have been told during my interviews here that rural migration and urban drift, especially to Stepanakert, are problems.
I agree. That problem exists throughout the world, including Karabagh, where the youth prefer life in the cities. However, measures must be taken so that the youth stay—especially because those villages are the embodiment of our fundamental achievements. They constitute the first line of defense against a multitude of challenges. What are we doing about this? We are trying to create a conducive environment for the development of our rural economy…through increased construction and modernization in rural areas, so that villages become more self-sufficient.
Talk about the budget allocations to different projects.
Funds are invested in all sectors. We invest in infrastructure: on building roads, schools, kindergartens, houses, and hospitals. We are working in all directions, but unfortunately, we face serious financial challenges.
The Azeri government has launched an aggressive worldwide campaign on the “Khojali genocide.” What measures have been taken to counter these efforts?
Of course this issue concerns not only us, but also Armenia and the diaspora. We need to struggle against this together. Lobbying plays a central role in international diplomacy; we have our diaspora, Azerbaijan has money. Various countries have interests in Azerbaijan. If in the past we had the upper hand and broader reach through our diaspora, then today Azerbaijan’s financial resources have closed the gap. Azeri resistance and political activism has become palpable in different countries. First and foremost, we need to redouble the efforts of the diaspora. Also, by joining forces, we need to produce and disseminate information to counter Azeri propaganda. We absolutely need to wage this struggle together. I am convinced that with every passing year this struggle will only become harder, and we are going to rely more heavily on political activism in the Armenian Diaspora.
Turkey and Azerbaijan are also trying to harness their diasporas…
Yes, and not only their diasporas. Their wealth allows them to buy support.
It was recently reported in the news that Israel wishes to attack Iran through Azerbaijan. What would that mean for Karabagh?
Any war in this region will have a negative impact not only on Karabagh, but the region as a whole. War is not desired. Instability in the region—whether economic, social, or otherwise—is not desired. The likelihood of such a scenario is slim. They all realize that Iran is one of the more powerful states in the region. It has a large army, and a guiding ideology. The issue needs to be solved through negotiations. Iran is not an easy morsel to swallow. It is a few thousand-year-old civilization, and it has always been one of those countries that has a say, has an impact.
What factors would influence a solution to the Karabagh issue?
First and foremost it is dependent on the will of our people. Of course, there are interests involved. Major powers are attempting to formulate a solution to the Karabagh issue. But if their proposals are not satisfactory to us, they won’t get anywhere. Azerbaijani oil plays a role. The Russian influence is also a factor. U.S. interests play a part, as do Georgian-Azeri relations. And Iran. Ultimately, however, the solution is dependent on our people, and the people of Azerbaijan. Where we stand and what we envision are paramount.
And what solution do you envision?
The solution will very much resemble the current status quo. That’s how I envision it. However, time and a generational shift are necessary for people to come to terms with the status quo, and accept it.
What about the recognition of NKR?
Recognition will come, but it is not a matter of 5 or 10 years. To accomplish it, we need to have a strong economy, a unified nation: Armenian Diaspora, Armenia, and Karabagh. We all need to work toward the recognition of Karabagh, and I am convinced that we will be successful.
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