Construction of Vardenis-Martakert Highway to Start Jan. 2014

The Vardenis-Martakert Highway (white) will connect to the Goris-Stepanakert and North-South highways (red), built in previous years with telethon funds.

YEREVAN (Arka)—The construction of the 72 mile-long Vardenis-Martakert road that will link Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh will commence in 2014 January, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund said Friday.

The highway is expected to be a boon to the further socio-economic development of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia alike. By functioning as a direct road link, it will become a second lifeline between northern Armenia and northern Karabakh, significantly cutting down travel times, boosting the economies of Karabakh communities along its path, stimulating inter-community ties, and vastly improving geographic access for implementing local development initiatives.

Currently the only land-travel link between Karabakh and Armenia is the Goris-Stepanakert highway.

The construction of the second road will be funded by donations raised by the annual Thanksgiving Day Armenia Fund Telethon that secured more than $22.6 million for the project.

The Fund said today it had signed contracts with companies which won a tender to build the road.

Over the 20 years of its existence, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has funded construction of roads (over 295 miles), water mains (321 miles), gas pipelines (89 miles) and 43 miles of power lines. Apart from this, it constructed or reconstructed 334 schools, 424 dwelling buildings, 70 public health institutions, and 53 sports and cultural centers.

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund was established in 1992 to implement projects of national importance and help develop infrastructures in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. In general, projects worth a total of over $235.8 million were implemented in Armenia and Karabakh over 20 years of the Fund’s existence.


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  1. Hratch said:

    Building Armenia’s infrastructure is the only way to prosper and continue to protect our culture and homeland. However, it is very interesting that no such roads or infrastructure was built during the Soviet era. What were the Soviets good for?

  2. Hratch said:

    Another reason why Armenians will never cede the territories back to Azerbaijan. We have invested much too much time, money and effort into the land.

  3. Sarkis said:

    I’d like all of Asbarez’s readership to reflect for a moment about the Armenia Fund, the role that Armenia Fund plays in creating a positive link between the Armenian Diaspora and the Republic of Armenia and helping the latter develop critical infrastructural improvements, as well as the wave of unfounded attacks against Armenia Fund which are coming out of turkish sources, azerbaijani sources as well as so-called “Armenian-Americans” from the US-government affiliated tool known as Policy Forum Armenia, led by the disgraceful member of the Armenian-American community who goes by the name of Ara Manoogian.

    There is no need to examine the turkish and azeri hatred in depth: turkey wants a split between Yerevan and the Diaspora because turkey believes such a split will weaken the Armenian pursuit of recognition and restitution for the Armenian Genocide; while azerbaijan reflexively protests any steps Armenians take which helps Artsakh. The more damaging hatred comes from Ara Manoogian and Co. If we examine closely, we see that Ara Manoogian, PFA, and their supporters are based in the United States, the country which has been trying to ferment unrest and civil disorder in Yerevan for the past decade in order to install a puppet regime similar to Saakashvili in Georgia. The underlying reason of course is to kick out Russia of the South Caucasus and subordinate the region to nato control, to be administered by nato’s local minion in the region – turkey. So we regularly see sell-out individuals like Ara Manoogian, as well as agents within Armenia such as “analyst” Richard Giragosian, traitorous former President Levon Ter-Petrosian (if you hate corruption in Armenia, this man should be your public enemy number 1), irrational and delusional former boxer Paruyr Hayrikyan, turk appeaser Vartan Oskanian, political clown Zaruhi Postanjian and several others who engage in activities designed to destroy Armenia’s international image and support, and demoralize Armenia’s citizens into rioting and tearing down Yerevan in hopes of collapsing the entire Armenian government.

    PFA has targeted Armenia Fund for years with unsubstantiated allegations of corruption. I urge all interested readers to look into PFA’s reports directly and ask “where are they getting this from” and “how reliable are these rather-dubious sources that PFA claims to cite, when they cite any sources at all.” These are dangerous games the PFA and Manoogian are playing, both with Armenia’s future as well as the Diaspora’s. We saw some of the results earlier this year when about $22 million was raised during Armenia Fund’s Telethon: only a miniscule $3 million came from the US, where California alone is home to the second largest Armenian community in the world. Luckily Armenians from Russia picked up the slack and donated more than half of all total donations, but we can be assured that after years of doom-and-gloom reports and black P.R. against Armenia and Armenia Fund, a good number of Armenian-Americans have turned their back on Armenia and the Armenian Cause. This will of course lead to quicker assimilation and loss of identity for the Diaspora. Thankfully the Republic of Armenia will survive despite the loss of the Armenian-American community, but for all concerned Armenians in the US must be worried at the criminal tactics that the PFA has been using to spread self-hatred among Armenian-Americans.

    ps if anyone ever questions them, PFA will reply with 1) they are an organization with PhD members. – having a degree in economics does not prevent committees of men from making disastrously flawed analysis, predictions and policy decisions, as anyone who has been following the record corruption prevalent in the American and EU financial sectors since the 2008 economic collapse can prove; besides everything from the irrigation disaster which has destroyed the Aral Sea to the genocidal campaigns waged against entire populations of Armenians, Palestinians and other groups were drawn up by educated groups. PhD’s do not equal infallibility nor do they guarantee morality. 2) PFA will vaguely state that they are funded by “community donations” – Of course more than a significant percentage of these contributions can most likely be traced to parties interested in regime change in Armenia, such as george soros’ open society foundation, the state department and CIA, and the whole host of pro-turkish and pro-azeri interests groups including Jewish, Military-Industrial, Multinational corporations and of course energy interests.

    I hope the more active members of the community will pick up on this dangerous and subversive attack on Armenian interests and start holding the criminals at PFA accountable for their treachery.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Instead of diasporan Armenians destroying Armenia on behalf of the West, they can recover Western Armenia and establish a pro west Armenia on that land, so why not look outside of the plate, there are 2 Koreas, North and South, and there can be 2 Armenias Eastern Armenia and Western Armenia.