Yerevan, Armenia | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 17:54 GMT | 216 words
Azerbaijani forces on Saturday killed two ethnic-Armenian servicemen of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh army, the separatist defence ministry said, in the latest clash along the rebel region's volatile frontline.
"On February 28, Azerbaijani army units attempted a reconnaissance incursion at the north-eastern sector of the frontline and were repelled by the Karabakh armed forces," the ministry said in a statement.
"Two Karabakh army servicemen... were killed in action."
By Sara Rajabova
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have completed another visit to South Caucasus region with an aim to reduce the recent aggravated tensions on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani troops.
“The main purpose of the co-chairs’ visit was to appeal to the sides to strictly adhere to the ceasefire after a dangerous rise in violence in January,” the Minsk Group co-chairs said in a statement issued on February 20.
YEREVAN, 20 February 2015 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) traveled to the region on February 16-19. They were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.
MUNICH, Germany, 7 February 2015 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) today to discuss developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. The OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and the Personal Representative of the CiO Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk also joined the meeting.
· During Q4-2014, FAO’s global cereal price index decreased by 7% year-on-year, but on average, it remained at the level of the previous quarter.
· Real prices of maize have fallen by 14% since Q4-2013. They are up 1% from Q3-2014 after the low in September/October.
· On average, real prices of wheat remained constant between Q3 and Q4-2014. Global wheat supplies for 2014/15 are up thanks to increased production and beginning stocks; thus price levels in Q4-2014 are 17% lower than a year ago.
The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.
Families of missing persons are finally able to renovate their run-down homes, thanks to loans from the ICRC and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia. Seventy families have already taken advantage of the scheme, which goes hand-in-hand with psychological support for families who have been coping with the pain of a missing relative for over two decades.
BELGRADE, 27 January 2014 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić expressed concern at recent developments on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the Line of Contact. “I would like to urge the sides to ensure a full ceasefire and cessation of hostilities as stipulated in the May 1994 agreement,” he said. “I deplore the upsurge in acts of violence resulting in loss of lives, and I call on the sides to demonstrate responsibility and avoid steps that would lead to further escalation.
ALMATY, 12 January 2015 – Two capital cities, Tbilisi and Bishkek, are among eight towns and cities from Central Asia and the Caucasus, joining UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the new year.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have agreed a new partnership to strengthen the resilience of cities to disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.
December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.
Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
Yerevan (ICRC) – Residents of the remote village of Movses, in the Tavush region along the international border with Azerbaijan, now have safer and easier access to clean drinking water thanks to support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Armenia. The ICRC improved the water network, bringing drinking water much closer to residents, and built a water source catchment to feed a reservoir serving the 1,350 village residents. Projects of this kind form a part of the ICRC's broader assistance programmes for border-area communities.
By Andy McElroy
YEREVAN, 3 December 2014 – The global effort to forge a 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction – an updated Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - has championed inclusiveness as a key strength for the future resilience of communities and nations.
By Andy McElroy
YEREVAN, 1 December 2014 – The Armenian city of Spitak, at the epicentre of the devastating 1988 earthquake, is a reminder of why current efforts to forge an ambitious post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction are so important.
The city in northern Armenia is an inspiring symbol of what international cooperation can achieve when there is a collective will and capacity – even in the most difficult of times.
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MOSCOW / PARIS / WASHINGTON, 19 November 2014 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) remain deeply concerned that there has been no humanitarian access to the crash site of the military helicopter downed by Azerbaijani forces on November 12. The wreckage of the helicopter lies in a heavily mined area of neutral territory on the Line of Contact.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•2014 cereal production to remain high despite reduction in barley harvest
•Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) from last year’s low level
•Prices of wheat flour products and bread generally stable in October, while those of potatoes increase considerably