His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, have arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh on a joint visit supposed to bolster the spirit of Armenians fighting for their identity in a beleaguered land.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s state commission on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons on Sunday participated in an exchange of bodies with the Azerbaijani side near the settlement of Bash Karvend.
The Armenian Government on Thursday gave its endorsement to a bill co-authored by two opposition members of parliament under which Armenia would formally recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Leading representatives of Armenia’s largest ethnic minority, Yazidis, have emphasized the allegiance of their people to the Republic of Armenia as they spoke about the contribution they have made to the Armenian nation’s defenses in last month’s brief war against Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh.
Ruling party representatives in Armenia take the criticism of the former military commander of Nagorno Karabakh regarding the April fighting with Azerbaijan in its stride, saying, at the same time, that criticizing is the “easiest thing to do”.
Two Armenian servicemen were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh overnight as Azerbaijani forces reportedly continued to violate the current ceasefire regime.
When OSCE observers were conducting a ceasefire monitoring along the Nagorno Karabakh line of contact yesterday, it was not immediately clear whether they were “monitoring” the implementation of the 1994 truce or the shaky ceasefire verbally agreed upon by Armenia and Azerbaijan after a four-day war in early April.
Opposition MP Zaruhi Postanjyan does not rule out that after the endorsement by the government of a bill on Nagorno-Karabakh’s recognition co-authored by her it will eventually be blocked in the National Assembly.
A brawl between Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations marred European Kung Fu championships in Lviv, Ukraine, where a fight between the two rival nations’ representatives had to be stopped because of a skirmish that got out of hand.
If Armenia is to recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), then the opposition-drafted bill that got a go-ahead from the government based on its endorsement of a Foreign Ministry conclusion on May 5 should still pass several stages before becoming a law.