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 ANC UK Newsletter May 2024

1. UK Parliament dissolves ahead of the July general election
2. The 106th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic
3. Parliamentary virtual meeting on the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem
4. UK Parliamentarians raising the issues of Armenia and Artsakh
5. Statement on the violent repression of the Government of Armenia against opposition movements
6. International ANC Conference kicks off in Armenia

7. News articles and recent developments

1. UK Parliament dissolves ahead of the July general election

UK Parliament dissolves on 30th of May ahead of the July general election. All APPGs activity also cease to exist while Parliament is dissolved. This dissolution signals the conclusion of all parliamentary activities in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords while rendering every seat in the Commons vacant until after the general election on July 4.

2. The 106th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic

On May 28 Armenians mark the Republic Day, a national holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the First Armenian Republic in 1918 and the heroic Battle of Sardarapat, which pushed the invading Ottoman Army out of Armenia.
On this occasion, we stand firm with the Armenian people and the Tavush for the Homeland movement in their just cause to defend Armenia and Artsakh from the enemies. May the spirit of the liberty of 1918 live on in our times for the statehood of our homeland.

Photo by @blackbird1212

3. Parliamentary virtual meeting on the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem

Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem: Parliamentary virtual meeting organised by the Christianity in the Holy Land APPG and attended by ANC UK chairperson Annette Moskofian.

Guest speakers were:
Hagop Djernazian, co-founder of ‘Save the ArQ’, a community created to defend the properties of the Armenian Patriarchate and represent the Armenian community;
Varsen Aghabekian, Palestinian State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and lifelong member of the Armenian community and a longstanding liaison between the PA and Christian community.

4. UK Parliamentarians raising the issues of Armenia and Artsakh


Minister of State Ms Nusrat Ghani stated on May 8 that “the Government does not encourage or provide assistance to UK-based businesses considering involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh”.

Answering a question by Alex Sobel MP, Ms Nusrat Ghani added that “the UK Government will continue to review this position as the situation in Azerbaijan and the wider region develops”.

5. Statement on the violent repression of the Government of Armenia against opposition movements

Watch the video here

Transparency International has also issued a statement regarding the police action against the protestors:

Read it here

6. International ANC Conference kicks off in Armenia

Leaders, members and staff of the Armenian National Committee chapters from 20 countries around the world gathered in Armenia for an international conference on 25th of May to discuss upcoming priorities. The conference kicked off in Yerevan.
With the forced depopulation of Armenians from Artsakh, and the worsening security environment that threatens the very existence of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau organised the conference for the ANC chapters to chart a course of activities based on the current realities and, if the need arises, devise tactics for tackling these important issues.
The conference agenda included the discussion of the major external challenges facing Armenia and the Armenian people in general and to leverage the ANC’s potential to that end.

Watch the opening session of the conference here

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received the participants of the Pan-Armenian Conference of Armenian National Committees and Offices on May 28 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Welcoming the guests, the Patriarch of All Armenians emphasized the importance of the work of the conference to protect the rights of the motherland and the nation’s children, as well as strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora ties.

His Eminence expressed his appreciation to the ARF Armenian Cause Office for the efforts made in the direction of recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide, raising and pursuing the just rights of Artsakh Armenians, and other accomplishments for the sake of the country and the nation.

7. News articles and recent developments

The offshore company Vremax Properties Limited, owned by the family of Turkish magnate Erdal Aksoy, bought the luxury London residence of Juma Ahmadzada, the son of Azerbaijani official Ahmad Ahmadzada according to an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Ahmad Ahmadzada, Erdal Aksoy, and Turkish construction magnate Mehmet Cengiz were all involved in a major dam-building project in Azerbaijan. Cengiz’s company paid $3 million to Vremax Properties after it won a tender to build the dam. A book and film on Erdal Aksoy’s life reveal his links to Azerbaijan’s political elite, including the President and the official who oversaw the dam’s construction.

Read it here
The latest satellite photos revealed that Azerbaijan completely destroyed St. Berdzor Ascension Church in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). The foundation of the church was laid in 1996.
The family of Baylar Eyyubov, head of security for Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev, owns three posh mansions all on one street in north London according to OCCRP. “Offshore companies owned by Eyyubov’s wife and daughter spent $114 million on real estate in the United Kingdom. The family, including Eyyubov himself, also own over $46 million in properties in Dubai”, even though Eyyubov annual official income had never exceeded $22,000.

“Reporters found what appears to be a close relationship between Eyyubov and Sulkhan Papashvili, a wealthy Georgian businessman who has interests in Azerbaijan. Papashvili has entered into joint commercial ventures with members of Eyyubov’s family, and his longtime business partner has been involved in managing some of their London properties”.

Read it here

Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights, International and Comparative Law Center and Lemkin Institute filed seven Global Magnitsky Act sanctions cases in the United States against +40 Azerbaijani officials in response to war crimes and human rights abuses committed against the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia.
“Armenians in the UK marked the 109th anniversary of the Armenian genocide last month with calls for its formal recognition and warnings about current threats to their country’s sovereignty. To coincide with the anniversary, a group of church leaders wrote to the Prime Minister and urged the Government to recognise the Armenian genocide formally. The group was led by the Armenian Primate in the UK and Ireland, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, and included the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams”.

The article by Church Times with the testimonies of Annette Moskofian, Chairperson of ANC-UK, and Andre Vartanian, member of ANC-UK:

Read it here
Azerbaijan extended the pre-trial detention period of all leaders of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) for another five months, currently held illegally captive in Baku.
The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention issued a statement calling “for Azerbaijani President to release all Armenians currently being held in Baku”. “Their detention is a gross violation of international law”, said the organisation. “The Lemkin Institute is deeply concerned about the continued illegal detention of political prisoners from Artsakh in Azerbaijan”.
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