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Karabakh Voters Flock to Polls for Parliamentary Elections

More than 70 percent of eligible voters in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic flocked to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament—the fifth legislature since the declaration of independence. More than 50 international observers and 30 international media had turned to the Karabakh authorities for monitoring or covering the elections in which four political parties with a total of 82 candidates on their slates were vying for 17 seats in parliament. The other seats in the 33-seat body were contested by 44 candidates in single-mandate constituencies.

New Underground Parking Structure Inaugurated in Armenian Capital

A new multi-storey underground car park has been officially opened in a central Yerevan square that remained closed for nearly two years because of the large-scale construction project. Construction in Liberty Square began several months after security forces had dispersed the tent camp of the Armenian opposition protesting the outcome of the disputed 2008 presidential election.

UN Secretary-General Urges Turkey To Solve Problems With Armenia, Cyprus

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised Turkey’s contributions to world peace but encouraged it to be more active in solving its own conflicts with Armenia and Cyprus. Turkey said Monday it would not ratify a deal to normalize ties with Armenia until Armenian withdrew from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. On Cyprus, it insists on the lifting of what it calls an unofficial trade embargo on the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in return for opening Turkey’s ports to ships and planes from Cyprus.

White House Nominates Bryza as New US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

The White House has appointed US diplomat Matthew Bryza, a former American co-chair for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution talks, as its new ambassador to Azerbaijan, reported. A diplomat from the US embassy in Baku who asked not to be named stated that an official announcement will be published on the White House’s website on May 21. The Azerbaijani government issued its official consent to the appointment on May 20, the source said.

Armenia Slams EU Parliament Over Unbalanced Karabakh Resolution

Armenia criticized the European Parliament on Friday for demanding Armenia withdraw from the liberated territories of Nagorno-Karabakh in its latest resolution on the South Caucasus. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said the demand contradicts international mediators’ existing plan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which has been endorsed by the European Union.

Nalbandian Denies New Road-map with Turkey

Armenia’s Foreign Minister denied Friday that a new formula for rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey was being discussed between the two sides. A leading member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday alleged that Yerevan and Ankara had agreed to stay “silent for some time” and evaluate a new, “brilliant” idea on the table regarding Turkey-Armenia relations.

‘Brilliant Proposal on Turkey-Armenia Relations in the Works,’ Says Turkish Leader

Turkey and Armenia allegedly have agreed to be “silent for some time” and evaluate a new, “brilliant” idea on the table regarding Turkey-Armenia relations, Turkey-US Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) foreign relations deputy chairman Suat Kınıklıoğlu said Wednesday, reported Today’s Zaman.

10,000 Sign Online Petition Urging U.S. Recognition Of Armenian Genocide

A petition campaign created by a broad coalition of Boston-area Jewish and Armenian groups and community members has surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures and continues to gain support. The online petition hosted by urges U.S. officials to stand up to Turkey’s multi-million dollar campaign of genocide denial, specifically calling on Congress and President Obama to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Turkey, Azerbaijan Condemn Karabakh Parliamentary Elections

Turkey and Azerbaijan issued separate statement on Thursday condemning upcoming parliamentary elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Turkish Today’s Zaman reported. The elections will take place on May 23 and will be the 5th time the Republic has held a democratic vote for its legislature since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Four political parties and 45 individual candidates are vying for 33 seats in the parliament.