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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has held a meeting with the Israeli Ombudsman Mihail Lindenshtraus. The sides pointed out the importance of developing multidimensional contacts, Novosti Armenia reports, citing the Armenian president's press office.Sarkisyan also welcomed bilateral cooperation in the sphere of human rights.

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An informal meeting of OSCE foreign ministers, hosted by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan's State Secretary and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, will be held on July 16-17 in Almaty, APA reports.During the meeting, which will take place at the Ak-Bulak Resort, 35 kilometers south-east of the former Kazakh capital of Almaty, foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from the 56 OSCE participating states will consider matters related to security in Europe.

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Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan took part in the opening ceremony of a renovated historic building in central Yerevan, work on which cost around $4 million. The government of the First Republic of Armenia was located in this building in 1918 - 1920.Renovation took almost 4 years, Novosti Armenia reports. The building was gifted by the Armenian government to the well-known US businessman Grair Ovnanyan for charity projects.

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The 7th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival got underway on July 11th. "Mayrig" (Mother) by Henry Verneuil marked the opening of the festival, Panarmenian reports.A traditional apricot-blessing ceremony took place in St. Zoravor's Church on Sunday, prior to the official opening ceremony of the festival.

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Rasim Musabekov: «Armenia is impelled to leave the occupied Azerbaijani territories»

The latest events in the South Caucasian region, the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the South Caucasian states’ capitals in particular, triggered intense interest among experts. Various issues concerning the state of affairs in the region are widely discussed. One of the most vital questions among these is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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On July 12 Armenia celebrates Memorial Day, following the sacred holy day of Vardavar. This day was proclaimed a public holiday, news.am reports.Memorial Day is celebrated five times a year after each of the five Great Holidays of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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CIS leaders celebrate Yanukovych’s birthday

The Presidents of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Khazahstan have held an unofficial meeting on the Ukrainian side’s initiative in the Lividia Palace near Yalta, the summer retreat of the last Russian tsar, Nicolas II. Informal summits with no specific agenda are traditional for the Commonwealth. The first meeting of this kind took place on the 8th August 2000, also in Yalta.

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The President of Armenia, Serg Sargsyan, and the co-chairman of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin, have discussed issues of bilateral cooperation during a meeting in Yerevan.Sargsyan and Levitin touched on several questions regarding economic collaboration, which will be discussed during the upcoming state visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Armenia, the Armenian presidental press office told Interfax.

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The Minister of Transport of Russia, Igor Levitin, will arrive tomorrow in Yerevan, reports NEWS.am with reference to Armenian Prime-Ministerial Assistant Aram Ananian.During his visit he will meet with Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan on the 10th of July. They will discuss the decision of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission, which took place in Yaroslavl.

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The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will make a visit to the occupied Azerbaijani territories to investigate the issue of illegal settling of Armenians on occupied Azerbaijani lands, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmer Mammadyarov said, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports. The minister recalled that in 2005 the international mission studied the facts of illegal Armenian settlement of occupied lands and the report was presented to the UN and the OSCE.

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The deputy Armenian foreign minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, said that there cannot be progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement without the participation of representatives of the breakaway region, Interfax reports. He said that as soon as Azerbaijan stops rejecting the participation of Nagorno-Karabakh in the negotiations it will be a sign that Baku is really devoted to settling the conflict.

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The Armenian Foreign Ministry, for the sake of transparency in its international military-political cooperation, has declassified the program of individual partnership of Armenia and NATO. It concerns issues of policy and defense security, planning for emergency situations and other issues, Panorama.am reports. The program can be found on mil.am.

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Head of PA OSCE blames Armenia for dragging on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

The chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, Joao Soaresh, in an interview to the BBC Azerbaijani service, has blamed Armenia for dragging on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Vesti.az reports. He said that some believe that for the last 6 years there has been an opportunity to conclude an agreement. Soaresh felt the desire of Azerbaijan and Armenia to solve the issue. But he doubts whether the new president of Armenia has the authority before the political powers to achieve results.

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Azerbaijan has agreed to a meeting of foreign ministers with Armenia, within the framework of the meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Alma-Ata, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports. The meeting will be held on the 16th or 17th of July. The minister recalled that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have presented their proposals for a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement this year.

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The government of Armenia has approved the signing of a document on mutual recognition of higher education documents and science titles, News Armenia reports.The minister of education and science of Armenia, Armen Ashotyan said that every year approximately 15 Armenian students study in China, based on international agreements. Ashotyan said that the issue is being raised for professions that are not registered in Armenia, particularly in Chinese medicine.

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