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 Shushi mosque has been renovated

The opening ceremony of the Armenian-Iranian Scientific-Cultural Center was held in Shoushi on October 14, marking the restoration of the Upper Mosque, initiated by the Artsakh Government and the Revival of Oriental Historical Heritage Foundation several years ago. It was implemented within the framework of the Artsakh Development Program of the Development Initiatives of Armenia (IDeA). President of the Republic Bako Sahakyan, Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Speaker of the National Assembly Ashot Ghoulyan, State Minister Grigori Martirosyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia Arayik Harutyunyan, other high-ranking officials and quests from Diaspora were present at the event. Welcoming those present, the Minister of Culture of Artsakh Lernik Hovhannisyan noted, that another monument of Shoushi's historical-cultural layer has been restored, which is important in terms of strengthening Armenian-Iranian ties. “Our monasteries and churches are being restored in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We also have taken care of the monuments of Iranian culture located in the territory of Artsakh, particularly in Shoushi, as the Armenian-Iranian friendship has deep roots,” he said. The historical and cultural monument has been completely restored, preserving its original appearance. The building of the madrasa, the spiritual school in the neighborhood, was also restored, the surrounding area was refurbished, a park was built. Suren Amirbekyan, Head of Artsakh Development Programs at IDeA Foundation in Armenia, thanked the government and the well-known businessman, author of Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Ruben Vardanyan for their participation to bring the project to life. “The restoration of the mosque is symbolic. This event marks the start of the next Aurora humanitarian program. I hope that this center will become another tourist destination on the map of Artsakh. I would like to inform you that we have many tourists who want to see the Iranian mosque very much, " said Amirbekyan. RA Minister of Education Arayik Harutyunyan described the year as an unprecedented one for Artsakh in terms of education and culture, and the opening of the center was important in several respects, stressing that it could become one of the most important centers of Islamic culture research in the region. He informed that certain steps are already being taken in their department in this direction, in particular, it is planned to organize an exhibition of Shia culture in the center in the future. “It is important that specialists tried to maintain the original look of the mosque. With such steps we once again demonstrate our peaceful nature and our free and open communication with other cultures,” he said. Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University, Professor Ruben Melkonyan informed that the restoration of the Iranian Shiite mosque was carried out on the basis of objective scientific research, a group of relevant specialists was created, the history and activities of the structure were studied. "Studying this legacy has once again proved that we are calm and confident looking at the past, our history," he said. "We do not need to deny or transform anything as our neighbor does." He also informed, that during the investigations the mosque's inscriptions found no Azerbaijani or Turkish letter, and the bullets found in the area adjacent to the mosque suggest that this site served as a sniper site during the war. In the 1920s, during the Armenian-Tatar clashes, the mosque was used against the Armenian population. Inscriptions from the Qur'an are preserved on the walls of the mosque, some of which are in Arabic. Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of the Armenia Development Initiatives (IDeA) Foundation, expressed gratitude to all those who participated in the project. “The idea came when we visited Shushi with friends again. Shushi is an important cultural center of Artsakh that must be preserved and developed. We must preserve what we have and respect our history.
Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan noted in a briefing with journalists that he highly appreciates the restoration of Shushi mosque. "Still in 1992 I have said that no mosque in Shushi or Akna should be touched. This is an integral part of our history, and we are lovingly confronted with our story, unlike the two neighboring peoples who throughout history have erased traces of other cultures in their land. This mosque is a religious cultural monument built by our neighboring Persian people. They maintain and repair our monasteries, and so should we. We are not a nation that destroys monuments,” said Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan.





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Susanna Balayan

 On September 25, in Stepanakert Gallery, the opening of the personal exhibition of the Head of the Artists’ Union, Hovik Gasparyan, titled "The City" dedicated to the 96th anniversary of renaming the capital took place. High-ranking officials, members of the Union: painters, sculptors, students, representatives of the art-loving community were present.

The exhibition featured 40 canvases depicting the capital's old and new streets, sights and landscapes. Pictures of the city, depicted in the paintings, were very pleasant to visitors. There was a sincere, direct, vibrant atmosphere at the exhibition.

Lusine Gasparyan, Director of Shushi State Museums SNCO congratulated the talented artist and presented the exhibition. "Every individual exhibition by Hovik Gasparyan is a unique account of the artist in front of the audience," she said. "And this exhibition is quite different in its format. The exhibition is first and foremost a love confession to the hometown. Each of us, looking at the pictures, tries to find the cozy corners of Stepanakert. The painter has been able to reveal Stepanakert from a point of view that is not accessible to all”, - concluded her speech L.Gasparyan and gave the floor to the sculptor Yuri Hovhannisyan, rector of the Gyurjyan Institute of Applied Art. "The artist's approach is welcomed," he emphasized, "because we have a wonderful nature here that is worthy of being presented to the public. I think the exhibition dedicated to Stepanakert Day is an interesting and beautiful gift to our citizens. Each of the pictures in the paintings is done with great care, interesting color solutions and vibrant color,” said Yuri Hovhannisyan.

Norek Gasparyan, editor-in-chief of the “Azat Artsakh” Republican newspaper, congratulated his brother, confessing that he thought the only favorite town of Hovik was Shushi, but it turned out that he also had a great love for Stepanakert. And the deeper it is in the images depicted in the paintings on display, the more convincing it is of how deep that love is.

The artist himself, as he assures, is pleased with the work done. When the idea was born and the painting of the series began, the amount of responsibility increased, he confesses. "When you work for yourself, your family, your favorite city, your homeland, both the responsibility increases and you become more demanding of what you do." The result of the last year's work was the exhibition "The City". Note that all pictures presented at the exhibition are displayed for the first time.

The series, of course, will expand over time, says the author, because the city still has many angles waiting for the artist's brush. "And in the paintings presented today, I think what I wanted to convey is visible," said the honored artist.





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 The sides expressed their commitment to the negotiations on the settlement of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict and strengthening of the cease-fire regime in order to prevent incidents and to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact between the parties to the conflict and on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The sides also decided to develop mechanisms for establishing operational communication between the countries for the rapid transfer of information.

To be frank, there was no particular desire to comment on this news. The reason is simple - skepsis, because for the period of the current stage of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict, a lot of arrangements have been reached, both written and oral, but they were invariably violated by Azerbaijan. We can cite many examples of official Baku’s refusal of the agreed decisions, but let’s note the most significant, so to speak, epochal ones. We can cite, first of all, the written cease-fire agreement of 1994, which Azerbaijan permanently violates, the apotheosis of which was the four-day April war of 2016. We can also recall America’s Key West and Russia’s Kazan, where, in 1999 and 2011, negotiations between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan were held under the auspices of the Presidents of the United States and Russia respectively. In Key West, the parties were extremely close to resolving the conflict, but the conclusion of the agreement failed, because the then President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, on returning to Baku, rejected it. In Kazan, his son Ilham, as President, refused to sign the agreed document at the very last moment, putting forward about ten additional conditions, which had not been previously discussed, and following his father’s example, he also foiled the agreement’s conclusion. To refer to the recent history, Azerbaijan has blocked the agreements reached in 2016 at the Summits in Vienna and St. Petersburg after the April war.

This historical excursion is not made by chance. The fact is that the above-mentioned oral agreement between Pashinyan and Aliyev caused a mixed assessment by Armenian, Azerbaijani, and foreign experts - both negative and positive, but there was also a place for moderate and cautious statements in this interval. “Negativists” believe that Pashinyan thus jeopardized the implementation of the Vienna and St. Petersburg agreements on the establishment of mechanisms to investigate incidents on the Line of Contact and expansion of the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the implementation of which is opposed just by Azerbaijan. “Positivists”, in turn, believe that the agreement between Aliyev and Pashinyan is a contribution to the resolution of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict and is important for intensifying the negotiation process and ensuring a certain degree of mutual trust.

We believe, caution in this case is more justified. Surely, any meetings of the leaders of the parties to the conflict and the agreements reached on them, aimed at reducing tensions in the conflict zone, should only be welcomed, since this really creates the prerequisites for negotiating to find a solution to the problem. But, something prevents to be delighted for the Dushanbe agreements, and this “something” is the practice of the past years. Taking into account the bitter experience of the settlement, which is mentioned above, we have to take the agreements of the kind with reservations and cautious optimism. First of all, because life has unequivocally shown and proved that it is impossible to be trustful towards the leadership of Azerbaijan. Moreover, it seems that Aliyev did not take this step on his own free will, but under the pressure of third forces, in particular, Russia, since such agreements are not accepted so quickly without good reasons. An indirect confirmation of this can be the statement of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, made in Dushanbe: “The issue of security is, one can say, the central issue of today's Summit. All Presidents say this”. It is quite possible that some pressure was really exerted on Aliyev. Indeed, until recently, he threatened to unleash a new war, spoke out unpleasantly against the Armenian Prime Minister, but suddenly became a peacemaker...

Whatever it was, we will not rush to conclusions. Haste does not always lead to objective assessments, and therefore the agreements reached in Dushanbe will have to be considered in perspective. Again, the Baku regime has repeatedly violated the agreements, leading, among other things, to casualties. It will be possible to talk about the significance of these agreements when they are transformed into concrete actions - the cessation of any armed actions by Azerbaijan. Surely, we cannot yet hope for radical progress in the Karabakh settlement process. It is not excluded that Aliyev agreed to a gentleman's arrangement with Pashinyan only for receiving political dividends and proceeding from propaganda goals. In any case, representatives of the Presidential Administration and Parliament of Azerbaijan have already stated that the Dushanbe arrangements "once again show that the format of the negotiations remains unchanged, and the negotiations are and will be held only between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are the parties to the conflict". It would be more accurate to say that it is the false essence of the leadership of Azerbaijan that remains unchanged. It is worth noting that Pashinyan himself made a landmark reservation, “Surely, there is no certainty that the leadership of Azerbaijan will observe the Dushanbe arrangements”.



Editor-in-Chief of Azat Artsakh newspaper





Culture and Education Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:49:42 +0000

 The conference was proposed by a well-known specialist in the field, Professor Alexey Kavokin of the University of Southampton and Saint Petersburg State University.


The conference co-organizers are the Russian Quantum Center (Moscow) and Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (Yerevan). The event is supported by the Artsakh Republic Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.


Around 50 experts from over 10 countries have applied for participation in the conference.


The opening ceremony of the conference will be held on June 29th, 9:30 a.m., in the conference hall of the Republic of Artsakh Parliament, after which the scientific program will continue in several specialized sessions. The scientific program also includes sessions for discussing the teaching of Physics in secondary schools among Russian and Armenian teachers.




Culture and Education Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:34:56 +0000

 The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In late 2015, the project was launched at the Artists' Union of Armenia (Yerevan), then toured the regions of Armenia. After Artsakh, it is planned to be organized in Javakhk and, finally, in Istanbul. The project's author is producer Khachik Yeghoyan and its artist is Ruben Martirosyan.

The opening ceremony was very symbolic. The visitors were given magnetic cards with Armenian ornaments, which had to be installed on an outlined door at the gallery entrance. With the help of the visitors, the 101st door was assembled, and it was found out to be the door of the Mush Holy Apostles Church, which is currently in the Historical Museum of Armenia.

“In 1915, the door was somehow saved by the people and brought to Eastern Armenia. I am sure that one day we will take the wooden door and install it in the Mush Holy Apostles Church in Western Armenia”, said the exhibition's author, Khachik Yeghoyan, adding that the project '100 doors' aimed to use the language of aesthetics for voicing once again the demands of the Armenian people's century-long struggle and paying tribute to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.

According to the author, the idea of the exhibition originated in late 2012, near the St. Hripsime Monastery.

“I am a professional filmmaker, I stage concerts, shoot small documentaries and video clips. In short, I am a creative person and, most importantly, a believer. In fact, the idea of this project was born by chance. One day, I was sitting in the yard of St. Hripsime Church in Etchmiadzin city, which, by the way, is one of my favorite churches. The weather was fine, and the sunlight created a beautiful shadow on the door of the temple. The scene immediately attracted me as a producer. After a long look at the picture taken by my phone I clearly decided to draw 100 church doors. It was still 2012. Later, we decided to prepare an exhibition ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The map was outlined strictly through our ancestors’ dreamed Armenia - Nakhijevan, Western Armenia, Republic of Armenia, Javakhk, and Artsakh. And I turned this goal into a national project. Together with photographer Ruben Martirosyan, I toured through Western Armenia, the regions of the Republic of Armenia, Javakhk and Artsakh and photographed the doors of 100 churches. Unfortunately, we couldn't realize our plans regarding Nakhijevan. We wanted to present our ancestors' once lost and then partly liberated Armenia. You know, history has shown that the mankind, and especially our people, is strong through its unity and consolidation. This exhibition is like a pilgrimage and consolidation. In real life, many people probably cannot or do not visit these churches, and in this way they seem to stand in front of these 100 churches”, said Khachik Yeghoyan.

The exhibition was attended by leader of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan and other clergymen, who blessed the event and the project.

The film, which was shot throughout the project, was screened. The author noted that during the shooting people had joined them, wishing to be helpful, which is another example of consolidation – one of the project's goals.

Khachik Yeghoyan also stressed that culture is a means to raise Genocides condemnation and compensation issues.









Culture and Education Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:34:05 +0000
MAGIC ITEMS OF 'GRANNY’S BOX’’s-box’’s-box’ On May 18,…


This exhibition, which is organized for the first time, aims to reveal our grandmothers' handmade works and to exhibit them for the revival and development of national arts.

According to head of the Ministry's Cultural Heritage and Folk Arts Department Yerazik Daniyelian, it has already become a tradition in the Republic to celebrate the International Museum Day on May 18, and later, the NKR joined the 'Museum Night' project. She noted that each year it passed under a special topic. The topic of this year's event was 'Museum and Cultural Landscapes', for which the ministry was preparing for a long time. But, the April events hampered its full implementation. Introducing some changes and coordinating them with the participants, the ministry has finally implemented the project.

So, on May 18, the 11 museums operating in the Republic held various events, such as exhibitions, lectures, and book presentations. According to the chief department, the exhibition 'Granny's Box' occupied a special place. “Our goal is to organize an exhibition of things of cultural value created by our ancestors, which are preserved by individuals or families in Artsakh, in order that we can show them to the new generation, to encourage it for new initiatives and for giving new impetus to the development of these ancient crafts”, said Ms. Daniyelian.

Carpets, rugs, saddle bags, handmade works – they all are brought from the Askeran, Hadrut, and Martuni regions, as well as Stepanakert. And the exhibition of the Martakert region was organized in the Martakert Museum of Local Lore, despite the tense situation in the town.

Using the chance, Ms. Daniyelian thanked, on behalf of the ministry, all the participants of the exhibition for their active participation. According to her, the best works may be bought by the ministry and handed over to the NKR Museum of History and Local Lore for preservation.







Culture and Education Mon, 23 May 2016 07:51:57 +0000

The program was implemented through the cooperation of the NKR Ministry of Education, Science and Sports and the Shushi regional administration. Together with the President of Artsakh, as well as representatives of the interested institutions, students from different educational establishments of the Republic, NGO members and youth representatives of Karin Tak village participated in the campaign aimed at the patriotic education, consolidation of the youth, awareness of the homeland, and promotion of healthy lifestyle. This unique youth program was launched in the Revival Square of Stepanakert, from where the participants left for Mkhitarishen by bus. They were met there by President Bako Sahakyan, Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Narine Aghabalyan, and other officials related to the program. They joined the young people and, making a motorcade, reached the Hunot Gorge - state natural-historical reserve, a place of interest known as 'Umbrella'. The Ministry had previously conducted a survey among the young people who participated in the campaign and found out that they knew very little about the places of their permanent residence, except for a few places they had visited. According to Narine Aghabalyan, all this promotes also healthy lifestyle, as well as presents the heroic pages of the national-liberation struggle to the independence generation. The young people walked around the historical-cultural places and moved towards Karin Tak village and on reaching it payed tribute to the memory of those perished soldiers. Then, the head of state met with the young people, noting the importance of their role in the life of the Republic. Bako Sahakyan considered similar programs as the best way of recalling the heroic deeds of the perished soldiers and episodes of the Artsakh war. «I am confident that this event will become systematic, and we will be in different parts of our country and thus give a new meaning and content to our everyday life, shaping our approach to and vision of the future», the President said. Head of the Karin Tak community Mkhitar Arushanian briefed the young people on the history of the village. One of the glorious pages of the Artsakh war is the Karin Tak battle on January 26, 1992. Mr. Arushanian, addressing the youth representatives, stressed that the weapons and positions had not been decisive in that battle, that we had won thanks to our spirit and unity. In total, the village lost 45 soldiers in the Artsakh war. The village has been restored, thanks to the state and sponsors' support, and now it lives a normal life. Next year, it is planned to organize a pilgrimage to Yeghishe Apostle's Monastery, where Yeghishe Apostle's relics and Vachagan the Pious' mausoleum are located. NKR Minister of Education, Science and Sports Slasva Asryan considered the program as an extremely important event for the students and youth representatives. Director of the Christian Education Center of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Deacon Arthur Khunoyan appreciated the program, which promoted patriotism, increase of unyielding spirit, and proposed to enrich the further programs with short spiritual conversations. In the village of Karin Tak, a cultural-entertainment event was also organized, pursuing ethnographic, cultural, and educational goals.




Culture and Education Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:17:10 +0000

In the frameworks of the October 13, 2014 cooperation declaration signed in Stepanakert between the Artsakh State University (ArSU) and Belgium's Leuven Catholic University (LCU), on June 7-10, the delegation of the ArSU, with Rector Manush Minasian at the head, paid a working visit to Belgium.

The June 16 press conference at the ArSU was dedicated to this issue. According to ArSU Rector Manush Minasian, the inter-university cooperation is considered as an important guarantee for the development of the University. In particular, the cooperation of all the leading universities of Armenia with the universities of Russia, the Baltic countries, and Transnistria is an important factor in keeping pace with the world educational processes and, why not, a small contribution to the issue of recognition of the Artsakh Republic. Since the last year, much has been done in this direction and specific events have been implemented. A special place is occupied in this series by the memorandum signed with the Leuven Catholic University, by which the sides expressed their readiness to cooperate in the educational and research spheres. It includes exchange of information on the successful programs implemented in the educational sphere, organizational and anlytical consulting services provided in the educational and research spheres, visits of lecturers and students to the educational and scientific events, cooperation between departments, research centers and students' structures, as well as exchange of students and lecturers. By the way, the initiative and development of this cooperation were realized thanks to the efforts of the NKR Foreign Ministry and the ARFD Armenian National Committee of Europe. A great role was played also by Professor and former Rector of the Catholic University of Leuven Coulie Bernard, who holds the title of Honorary Professor of the Artsakh State University. He is an expert on Armenian studies and has worked for twenty years with the RA education system, implementing various programs, which involved the Artsakh State University in 2014.

The Catholic University of Leuven is quite old, was founded in 1425, has 14 faculties and about 35.000 students; the Armenian studies department is 200 years old. The main feature is that one-third of the city population are students and professors. The University plays a great role in the life of the city.

According to Manush Minasian, the visit to Belgium allowed to discuss the cooperation further programs more thouroughly and substantively.

On the first day of the visit, a meeting was held with Rector Vincent Blondel. During the discussions, the main directions of cooperation for the coming years were identified. Two directions were specified – exchange of professors and students, joint research projects. The next day, meetings were held in different formats - first, at the International Cooperation Office, where the mechanisms of works were specified. The Leuven counterparts presented mainly their experience in the exchange of students and mobility, which is very rich. Erasmus is the name of the program, according to which the Catholic University of Leuven, as a representative of the European education sector, provides the mobility of 30% of the students.

They also discussed the conditions, under which the exchange will be carried out. As a result, the professions, for which the first steps have to be carried out, were specified. They are economics and law professions. Manush Minasian noted that a number of factors were taken into account. First, the European experience will be much more useful in these areas of Artsakh's economy; in addition, the students' knowledge in this sphere and their skills in foreign languages will allow them to spend their studies in foreign Universities. Financial problems, of course, will be that they will solve educational foundations, as well as parents and university facilities.

The LCU leadership attached great importance to the development of horizontal ties: student-student, student-lecturer, consequently, on research topics. Coordinator from the Karabakh side Vitya Yaramishyan noted that they were trying to find such topics and trends that may be of interest for the European top University professors and students. They focused on political topics, considering that Artsakh is a conflict zone, there are prominent experts on conflict resolution at the University, and the Karabakh conflict settlement – its current state, process and prospects - will be interesting for them.

According to the ArSU delegation member, another direction, for which Artsakh can be interesting for the European University, is the research in the Armenian studies and archeology Artsakh, which is a hidden treasure, its historical values and monuments and archaeological monuments can be an interesting area of ​​research for the Leuven University professors and students. The other direction, in his opinion, could be the post-war situation in Artsakh, which we call a slow war. According to him, there is probably no similar situation in the world – a non-finished-war situation after a war, which can also provide an interesting field of research for the Belgian partners. Perhaps, the most interesting direction can be the Artsakh divine nature, with its biodiversity. Our students and professors should be simply active in their initiatives and come up with interesting topics.

Naturally, the neighboring country couldn't stay indifferent towards the cooperation. The Azerbaijani delegation expressed its dissatisfaction with the plans for cooperation between the Artsakh State University and the leading European University, expecting Bernard Coulie's influence for terminating the cooperation. The professor replied that he was the initiator of this cooperation, and the Azerbaijani delegation had nothing to do but to leave.

During the press conference, various questions related to the developments at the ArSU were asked.



Culture and Education Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:36:02 +0000
Friendship Declaration Signed Between the NKR Askeran and French Bouc-Bel-Air Cities On November 19,…

The Declaration welcomes the consistent steps of the people and authorities of Nagorno Karabakh towards the establishment and development of a free and democratic society and considers as unacceptable the isolation of the people of Artsakh. It is aimed at strengthening the friendly relations between the two cities and establishing cooperation in the educational, cultural, and sports spheres. 

After the ceremony of signing, the NKR Minister of Culture Narine Aghabalian, Mayor of Bouc-Bel-Air Richard Mallié, NKR Permanent Representative to France Hovhannes Gevorgyan, and Vice-Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Marseilles Samvel Lalayan attended the concert of the Voices of Artsakh group organized with the support of Bouc-Bel-Air City Hall.

Culture and Education Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:55:46 +0000