Monthly Archives: October 2008

Armenia and Artsakh-not for sale or exchange!



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Mass wedding in Karabakh/Photoreport

Karabakh-Armenian couples participate in a mass wedding celebration in Shushi. More than 750 couples from the Nagorny-Karabakh(Artsakh) region participated in mass wedding organized by businessman Levon Airapetyan, who gave each couple $2,000 in U.S. dollars and a cow.

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“Nemec Rubo” regain consciousness?

The Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) said on Wednesday that it has decided to change its new emblem widely criticized for not depicting a biblical mountain in what is now eastern Turkey. The FFA’s previous logo, which carried a picture of Mount Ararat, was dropped ahead of last month’s match in Yerevan between Armenia’s and Turkey’s national soccer teams that was watched by the presidents of the two neighboring states. The move prompted strong criticism from domestic political groups, notably the pro-government Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), that suggested that it was designed to please the Turks.

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Oragne to become Armenia’s third cellular operator

Oragne, a world-famous subsidiary of France Telecom has been chosen to become Armenia’s third cellular operator after submitting the highest bid for a relevant government license, said Susanna Tonoyan, a spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Orange offered 51.5 million euros ($72 million) for the license, well above the government’s minimum asking price of 10 million euros. The two other bidders, Tele2 AB of Sweden and the British-Irish group CEO Blackrock Communications, offered 45.6 million and 31.7 million euros respectively.

Orange will operate with +374 (0) 55 and +374 (0) 95 codes. If by the end of the first operation year the operator fails to distribute more than 60 per cent of the numbers, the Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia is entitled to appropriate the unused ones.

The new operator will be provided with GSM frequencies and possibility of 3G services.

Also you can find more from Ditord’s blog.

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“Ararat” strategic centre and “Henaket” NGO are organizing an evening school/courses (free of charge) entitled “Armenia and the region under current international political system” from October 20th to December 13th. The deadline for applications is October 12, 2008. Visit  or  for further information.


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Baku launches the procedure of granting Azerbaijani citizenship to the residents of Georgia’s Kvemo-Kartli (Borchaly

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ According to some Turkish and Azeri sources, Baku and Ankara intend to increase pressure on Georgia for “federalization” of the country.

Turkey and Azerbaijan are going to urge Tbilisi to restore Ajaria’s de facto autonomy, to grant a special status to the Azeri minority of Kvemo-Kartli and repatriate Turks-Meskhetians to Georgia.

Ajarian autonomy has been actually abolished by Saakashvili’s government in 2004. Pursuing a tough policy of “georgification”, Tbilisi forces Ajars to register as Georgian Muslims. Turks-Meskhetians are urged to restore “their Georgian surnames.”

Azeri media quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry as saying that Baku launches the procedure of granting Azerbaijani citizenship to the residents of Georgia’s Kvemo-Kartli (Borchaly). The source said that upon completion of the procedure, Azerbaijan will demand a status of autonomy for the region and in case of Georgia’s rejection will send troops there, RBC-daily reports.

Meanwhile, Milliyet Turkish daily quoted a Turkish MFA official who, on condition of anonymity, spoke of ‘guarantees of Turkic population in Georgia.’ Creation of a federation is the only way to maintain Georgia’s territorial integrity, according to him.


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