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Following two days of deadly fighting the situation continues to remain tense along the northeastern Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The press reports that toward the evening of 5 June Azerbaijani armed forces fired non-stop at Movses, Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, and Aygepar villages in Armenia’s Tavush province. Villagers have spent the whole day under cover, fortunately no one was injured. Another attack was reported against Berdzenbulagh foothold in the village of Koti, Tavush province, during the night of 6 July. Armenian forces have reportedly repelled Azerbaijani forces from the territory and suffered no casualties. Aravot, A1+, Haykakan Zhamanak, News.am
The NKR Defense Army press service has informed another fatal attack in the southern border of the Karabakh-Azerbaijani contact line, also in the night of 6 June. According to the report, the Azerbaijani reconnaissance-diversionary group has initiated another infiltration attempt at one of the NK combat positions located toward Horadiz at around 4:15 in the morning. Karabakh-Armenian forces have fought in defense and repelled the attack, inflicting “significant” losses to the opponent and loosing one serviceman, a junior sergeant, on their side. Two other Armenian servicemen were reported wounded. Tert.am, 7or.am
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, will carry out a Transcaucasian tour next week to discuss, among other things, the NK settlement process. Panorama.am
On 5 June the Constitutional Court turned down an appeal by Samvel Harutyunyan, a candidate in a single mandate constituency running for 6 May parliamentary elections, who asked the Court to recognize the election of former Deputy Minister of Health, Tatul Hakobyan, in 31-A PEC invalid. Harutyunyan argued that Hakobyan had been living and working in Denmark for the past year and his registration should have been rejected. Both petitions filed by Harutyunyan were rejected by the CC. On 8 June, the CC will hear another appeal filed by Manuel Gasparyan, who was running under the majoritarian ticket at precinct N 3. A1+
At the first session of the ANC faction on 5 June, the opposition bloc rejected the post of deputy head in one of the twelve parliamentary standing committees, but decided to participate in the activities of all the standing committees. According to preliminary information, Gagik Jhangiryan will be involved in the Committee on State-Legal Affairs, Lyudmila Sargsyan will be in the Committee on Social Affairs, Hrant Bagratyan will be involved in the Committee on Economic Issues, and Aram Manukyan in the Committee on European Integration. Lurer.com, 1in.am
Newly elected ANC MP Nikol Pashinyan has announced his resignation from the position of the Editor-in-Chief of Haykakan Zhamanak daily. Haykakan Zhamanak
ECtHR has obliged Armenia to pay 6,000 EUR to Ararat Muradkhanyan, a life prisoner serving his sentence at Nubarashen penitentiary, for a violation of Art. 5 of ECHR - keeping in custody illegally. Muradkhanyan was sentence for life for murder of two and more persons. Aravot daily, ArmInfo
A seminar on freedom of expression and libel entitled as “Article 10 of ECHR: Present Trends in Legal Practice of Libel Cases and Reporting of Criminal Cases” was held in Yerevan on 5-6 June. The discussion was organized in the frames of a joint CoE and EU project Promoting Freedom, Professionalism, and Pluralism of the Media in the South Caucasus and Moldova, in cooperation with the Armenian Chamber of Advocates, and gathered Armenian lawyers, judges, and media representatives. Mediamax
A conference on child protection will be held in Armenia on 7 June, dedicated to the International Children's Day. The event is part of a project on reducing violence against children funded by the EU and implemented by World Vision Armenia. Under the theme “Reality and prospects,” the conference participants will discuss developments in the child protection area, the 2012-2016 RA Draft Strategy on Children's Rights, as well as the role of NGOs and their expectations from the government. Recommendations to the draft strategy will then be presented for further consideration. Public Radio
Local and regional representatives from the EU and Eastern Partnership have agreed on an Action Plan for 2012-2013 to further reinforce their cooperation towards the aim of achieving closer political association. Concrete steps were agreed in the context of the meeting of the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) organized by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Armenpress.
Freedom House has released today its Nations in Transit 2012 report which is the annual analysis of democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. According to the report Armenia remains among “semi-consolidated authoritarian regimes.” The country’s democracy score is measured at 5.39 (in a scale of 1-7) which is a slight improvement from a score of 5.43 registered last year. The authors have noted improvements in combating corruption. “E-government services reduced opportunities for bribery, while new regulations and stricter enforcement led to higher numbers of corruption lawsuits and fines against senior officials and large companies,” the report says. Tert.am, RFE/RL, News.am
The Armenian delegation, headed by Deputy FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, took part in the first unofficial ministerial dialogue meeting of Eastern Partnership, held in Moldova on 5 June. ArmInfo, Hayastani Hanrapetutyun
Economic growth in Armenia continued unabated in the first quarter of this year, with Gross Domestic Product increasing by 4.7 percent, according to government statistics released this week. Data from the National Statistical Service shows the Armenian economy continuing to expand on the back of strong growth in industry and services other rather trade. RFE/RL