2021 January 10

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Daily news wrap-up

Jan/10/2020 news: __ Upcoming Moscow meeting: trade route unblocking; Northern Armenia could connect to Southern Armenia via Nakhijevan __ Rumors & rebuttals: NSS about border meeting with Azeri counterpart; Minister sues Mishik __ Woman captured while "visiting" Shushi __ Artsakh renovations __
by ar_david_hh


Your 6-minute Sunday report in 1315 words.

the upcoming meeting between Pashinyan and Aliyev

Will be on January 11th, as mentioned earlier. Pashinyan will also hold a conversation with Putin.

The topic will be economic issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan, specifically about the lifting of trade blockade and the establishment of Armenia-Russia, Armenia-Iran, and even Armenia-Armenia cargo routes via Nakhijevan (southern Armenia is cut off by mountains and it would be easier to travel from north to south via Nakhijevan).

PM's office reminded that "there is no such thing called Meghri Corridor in the November 9 trilateral statement."

Armenian side believes that the trade topic can be properly discussed after addressing the POWs and missing soldiers.

"No documents related to Artsakh or lands will be signed. The three sides will try to agree on economic issues and POWs; a paper with a trilateral statement could be signed."

Kremlin says they will also discuss the progress regarding the implementation of the November 9th trilateral statement.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039779.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039781.html , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/31040472.html

Foreign Ministry meets the opposition leaders

Former regime's PM candidate Vazgen Manukyan said he wanted to meet the Foreign Ministry and the NSS to discuss a few things before Pashinyan's and NSS's upcoming meeting in Moscow.

Vazgen Manukyan met Foreign Minister Ayvazyan on Saturday. He was also supposed to meet NSS chief Abazyan and Army chief of staff Onik, but that meeting did not take place, which left Manukyan "suspicious and concerned."

Manukyan says he is satisfied with some of the answers given by the Foreign Ministry, while other questions were addressed partially. Manukyan said any decision made by Pashinyan on January 11th must be in the best interest of Armenia, otherwise, it will be overruled by future administrations.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039755.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039762.html , https://factor.am/326705.html

other political meetings

France's Macron and Russia's Putin held a conversation about the upcoming meeting between Pashinyan and Aliyev.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039785.html

LHK party leadership visited Artsakh and met the Security Council

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039773.html

rumors & rebuttals: NSS chief meets Azeri counterpart

Context: Armenia and Azerbaijan are currently installing new border positions on Syunik borders, and organizing POW and body swap operations. Syunik villages Vorotan and Shurnukh, which were partially located on the internationally-recognized Azeri lands, became a subject of dispute. 20 houses went under Azeri control.

The heads of Armenian and Azeri NSS decided to meet and discuss POW and body-search related topics. They picked Shurnukh/Vorotan as the meeting location.

Armenian NSS: the rumors about another meeting on Tavush (north) borders on Sunday are false. A similar meeting took place a few days ago on the Nakhijevan border. Another meeting happened today (Saturday) on Syunik borders. We discussed POWs and search operations.

The telegram channel "Mediaport" and others intentionally spread misinformation about the agenda of the meetings, claiming that certain border [demarcation] issues were being discussed. The head of NSS can only negotiate around topics that he is legally authorized to. Do not fall for the misinformation.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039789.html

rumors & rebuttals: Minister sues Serj's son-in-law Mishik over "defamation"

Infrastructure Minister Papikyan's office said: Serj's son-in-law Mikael Minasyan published a video in which he claimed that Minister Papikyan has a felony case against him for allegedly taking ֏450 million from an unknown "deal". The Minister will sue Minasyan for the false report. The prosecutor's office has already denied the rumor about there being a felony case against the Minister.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/204041

Tags: #Mishik *cIGaReTTe SAleS?

woman taken captive after visiting Shushi to pick up her stuff

After the signing of the November 9th trilateral statement, a Lebanese-Armenian woman thought it would be safe for her to visit Shushi and Lachin to take some items from her home. She was captured by Azeris in Shushi.

Her associate was also captured. He is confirmed to be alive, but there is no news about the woman. The Diaspora Chairman Sinanyan says the European Court for Human Rights is investigating the incident.

https://factor.am/326640.html

POWs

The Foreign Ministry criticized Azerbaijan for hindering the POW swap process and launching bogus criminal cases against Armenian soldiers who are being held captive. The Ministry also accused Azerbaijan of committing international war crimes during the 44-day war.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039743.html

search operations

The search crews have discovered the bodies of 3 soldiers in the Jabrayil region, bringing the total discoveries since the ceasefire to 1197.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039724.html

soldiers received awards for acts of heroism

Sgt. Arthur Sarhatyan was wounded while defending his outpost from a numerically superior enemy attack.

Pvt. Vruyr Ghazaryan courageously fought against the enemy, caused heavy losses, then evacuated the wounded comrades.

Lt. Hovhannes Petrosyan skillfully led his unit, causing heavy equipment and personnel losses to the enemy.

Lt. Artavazd Avetisyan crushed the enemy on an important hill, made them retreat, then evacuated the wounded comrades.

Lt. Levon Avetisyan helped to save his neighboring outpost from encirclement by engaging in fire and causing heavy losses to the enemy.

Cpt. Gavrush Harutyunyan was wounded by enemy sniper fire after skillfully leading his unit which carried out various missions that caused losses for the enemy.

Full: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/204017

how many ruling party MPs have resigned?

Parliament's ruling My Step alliance (won 88 seats) consists of the largest party Civil Contract (aka QP) and several mostly independent members who caucus with QP after winning mandates while running as part of the My Step ballot in 2018.

Five My Step MPs have quit the alliance since the announcement of the November 10th trilateral statement. The QP MP Rubinyan wants them to clarify what their future agenda is and what political values/context they will represent in the future.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039729.html

Artsakh is repairing the damaged buildings

Stepanakert: 3680 houses reported being damaged, 1500 damaged houses already assessed, 453 houses being repaired.

Martakert: 370 houses damaged. 32 are currently being repaired.

Martuni: 1300 damaged. 62 being repaired.

Askeran: 170 reported being damaged. 28 being repaired.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039723.html

Artsakh refugees continue to return to their homes

407 people returned home over the weekend, bringing the total to 48,200 via the Lachin corridor since the introduction of peacekeepers.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039731.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039772.html

Russian peacekeepers

... cleared 6.5 hectares of lands from 787 explosives on Saturday.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039733.html

humanitarian aid

The second jet with humanitarian cargo has arrived from Greece. It was sent by the Greek government and the local Armenian community. Food, clothing, medical items, etc.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039764.html

European aid for "green" agriculture

The EU and Austrian Development Bank will issue a ֏250 million grant to 54 "green" farmers in Tavush, Shirak, and Lori provinces as part of a UN development program. The recipients will receive equipment to boost the meet and plant production quality and efficiency.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/204018

birth rate / how many babies were born?

During the January-October period, 30,242 babies were born in Armenia, which is +1.1% higher than last year.

Per 1000 residents, the number of births continues to decline, going from 22 to 12 babies in 1991 vs 2019.

Yerevan and Ararat had the highest birthrate.

110 boys per 100 girls.

Girl names: Nare, Maria, Arpi, Eva, Angelina.

Boy names: Davit, Narek, Hayk, Mark, Tigran.

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2021/01/10/Նոր-տարի-նոր-երեխաներ-ու-նոր-ապագա/415401

COVID stats over the weekend

+4219 tested. +716 infected. +1351 healed. +21 deaths. 9190 active.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039725.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039768.html

23 illegal fishing nets were discovered and destroyed

... in Lake Sevan by Nature Ministry's 24/7 patrol boats. All fishing is currently prohibited until the egg-laying season ends.

https://factor.am/326620.html

soccer news (spoiler)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan passed the ball and helped his teammate to score a goal during the Roma vs Inter match, thus helping his team to avoid a defeat. Henrikh played the entire match. Roma continues to hold the 3rd spot in the Italian league.

Video: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039786.html

donations to Artsakh & recovering soldiers

www.1000plus.am (recovering soldiers & their families)

www.HimnaDram.org (for Artsakh & Armenia)

www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible)

archive of older posts

Armeniapedia's archive of my daily news threads:

http://www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/Daily_Anti-Corruption_Reports

disclaimer

All the accused are considered innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law, even if they "sound" or "appear" guilty.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/kur0mm/jan102020_news_upcoming_moscow_meeting_trade/

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