On August 16, at the request of Armenia, the UN Security Council held a hearing on the blockade in Artsakh. Various countries spoke out, some surpassing expectations and delivering pro-Armenian speeches and others (especially Brazil) delivering very disappointing speeches. However, perhaps more importantly, no resolutions were introduced, no speeches were made by the president of the security council, and so far, almost a month later, there has been no follow-through.
In the past, you’ve held various important roles at the MFA including heading the international organization division there, so we’re excited at the opportunity here to ask you about these developments directly:
A week later, on August 24, Le Figaro reported that France was getting ready to propose a new resolution at the security council. Meanwhile, around the same time, there were allegations, denied by US diplomats, that it was the US that was trying to derail any potential resolution against Azerbaijan.
Those rumors about a potential French resolution were more than 10 days ago, while the crisis in Artsakh is deepening by the day.
Samvel Shahramanyan is now president of Artsakh.
This coming Sunday, September 17, is the date of the Yerevan Mayoral, or more technically speaking, Yerevan Council of Elders (Avakanou) elections. An MPG poll this past weekend yielded the following results:
About 22.8% said that they are undecided while 20% said they refuse to disclose.
Andranik Tevanyan has made it clear, and has made the primary topic of his campaign, the removal of the current ruling party, and Pashinyan, from office.
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Ms. Dziunik Aghajanian has served Armenia through the ranks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and most recently as a diplomat, as Armenia’s Ambassador to such countries as the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Indonesia. She received her education at Yerevan State University, Columbia University in NY, and Uppsala University in Sweden.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.