Residents of a northeastern Karabakh village were awakened from their sleep on the night of April 2 to face a new reality: the dark sky was lit up by Azeri shells, which turned into a downpour within seconds causing vast devastation to the peaceful community.
As a result of the four-day war at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan along with perished and wounded servicemen there are also those who are missing, whose relatives are looking forward to hearing news about them.
Armenia’s political forces have responded to the news of a ceasefire between conflicting parties in Nagorno-Karabakh that was reached on Tuesday after several days of deadly fighting.
The ceasefire came into effect on April 5, in the afternoon, though sporadic shootings from the Azerbaijani side were continuing with lower intensity.
As the bodies of Armenian soldiers killed in the latest hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh are being committed to the ground many describe their heroic deaths as the continuation of the heroism of their fathers and grandfathers, who proved to the world 20 years ago, in the war for Artsakh’s liberation, that the heart and spirit of Armenians are unconquerable.
President Serzh Sargsyan’s instruction to the Foreign Ministry to work toward signing a military cooperation agreement with Karabakh can serve as a basis for recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Armenian parliamentarians.
As fighting continues at the Karabakh-Azerbaijani contact line, hundreds of Karabakh war veterans and volunteers from Armenia and Artsakh are enlisting for service and leaving for the frontline to stand next to soldiers defending the homeland.
According to the new Electoral Code, the four largest ethnic minorities in Armenia must be included in the second part of national lists of political parties and blocs: that is, they must have MP candidates from national minorities.
The Turkish government has decided to expropriate 6,300 structures and plots of land in the Sur district of Diyarbakir (one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey), which includes St. Giragos Armenian church, one of the largest churches in the Middle East that belongs to the Armenian community. The decision caused concerns and anxiety among Armenians living in different parts of the world. In 2011, through their donations, St. Giragos was reopened and consecrated.
Political analysts and opposition members compare the decision of the supreme body of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) to found a political school, which will be named after the late Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan, with that of the Communist high school, which existed during the Soviet era and was based on Communist ideology.
The Iranian New Year, Nowruz, has brought a great number of Iranian tourists to Armenia. These days Iranians can be seen almost everywhere: in the streets, shops, restaurants and cafes of capital Yerevan.