ARTSAKH NEWSLETTER/ April 1-15, 2012
For Immediate Release ~ April 15, 2012
Contact: Press Service of the NKR Office in the United States
Artsakh Newsletter summarizes key developments in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh and is prepared by the NKR Office in the United States.
SECURITY & POLITICS
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton restated U.S. support for withdrawal of snipers from the Karabakh Line of Contact. Unlike Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan has rebuffed this suggestion by international mediators that can reduce tensions and casualties. See more at: http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/101777/
Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandyan again noted Azerbaijan's lack of desire to solve the Karabakh conflict. He also ruled out Turkey's role in the peace process. Read more at: http://news.am/eng/news/99886.html or http://news.am/eng/news/99832.html
Meeting with OSCE Minsk Group mediators, Nalbandyan highlighted the negative effect of Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian propaganda on the negotiation process. read more at: http://news.am/eng/news/101004.html
Artsakh’s incumbent president Bako Sahakyan declared his intention to run for a second term in office in presidential elections this July. More info at: http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2012/04/11/sahakyan-arcakh/
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Sotk-Karvachar, the third highway to link Artsakh to Armenia, is nearly completed.
Artsakh continues to pursue the policy of energy independence. At present, NKR ensures around 70 percent of its energy needs through local sources.
Artsakh president visited Askeran and Martakert regions to convene working consultation on socio-economic issues of the regions. Read more at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/news/visits/1669/
Artsakh president Bako Sahakyan congratulated NKR police officers on their professional day, stressing that Artsakh has one of the lowest criminal rates in the world, in part through the effective and dedicated work of Artsakh police officers. See full address at: http://www.president.nkr.am/en/speeches/speeches/1673/
Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s “The National Womb: Baby Boom in Nagorno-Karabakh” project won the prestigious Project Award 2012, organized by CENTER, a non-profit photographic organization. Read more at: http://www.viiphoto.com/showstory.php?nID=1323 and at: http://centerawards.org/gallery/gallery.php?comp=6&artist=15238
A new documentary by Marina Grigoryan and Larisa Alaverdyan on Maragha massacre was presented to the public. See more at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD87bTZj5ww
April 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the one of the bloodiest chapters of the Karabakh war. On April 10, 1992, Azerbaijani military units invaded the village of Maragha in Mardakert district. As a result of the aggression, hundreds of Maragha civilians, mostly women, children, and elderly person, were brutally killed, taken hostage or forcefully displaced. The fate of a number of them still remains unknown. Two weeks after the massacre, on April 22-23, the village was repeatedly attacked and locals who had come back to their burnt homes were forced to abandon the village, which has since been occupied by Azerbaijan. Baroness Caroline Cox, former vice speaker of the British parliament's House of Lord, visited Maragha area a few days after tragedy. She expressed her horror at the crime saying "They are not of human race" about those who carried out the slaughter, lately described in her book "Ethnic Cleansing in Progress”. See book at: http://sumgait.info/caroline-cox/ethnic-cleansing-in-progress/contents.htm
Read more on Maragha massacre at: http://panorama.am/en/interviews/2012/04/10/caroline-cox/ http://nkr.am/en/news/2012-04-03/419/ http://www.cilicia.com/Maragha.htm
About the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh
The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh, was established in 1991 basing on a declaration of the local legislature, and results of a subsequent nation-wide referendum. The people of Artsakh defended their choice in a war unleashed by Azerbaijan. The Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh has emerged as a democratic, rule-of-law state with capable armed forces, a growing market economy, and an independent foreign policy.
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