Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with Armenian officials

YEREVAN, 14 June 2018 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Defense Minister Davit ...
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U.S. Embassy helps alumni bring Art Alive!

Art allows us to express our emotions, share our thoughts, and communicate our culture. That’s why, over the years, the U.S. Embassy has been proud to send a number of artists and art community leaders to the United States on various exchange programs. Now alumni of those programs are banding together to highlight the vibrant ...
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U.S. Embassy continues celebration of social inclusion of individuals with disabilities

As a continuation of its “Wonder-ful Life” campaign started in 2014, which saw the translation of the book “Wonder” into Armenian and development of a curriculum to help more than 50 schools teach the importance of social inclusion for individuals with disabilities, the U.S. Embassy will be offering two free public screenings of the Hollywood ...
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U.S. Embassy and AmCham focus on supporting U.S. investment in Armenia

On June 1, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, organized a discussion focused on attracting U.S. investments to Armenia.  The workshop specifically focused on how companies and investors can work with the ...
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U.S. Embassy’s American Film Showcase will inspire, empower, and encourage

After receiving standing-room-only crowds last year, the U.S. Embassy is proud to bring back the American Film Showcase 2018.  This year the film festival’s theme is “Inspire, Empower, and Encourage,” and it features a number of documentaries to showcase the power of individuals to change the world.  Films will be screened for free June 4-10. ...
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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink visits Armenia

Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, visited Armenia May 27-28 for meetings with the new government and civil society. In her first meeting with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, DAS Brink congratulated him on the election and for a peaceful transition of government.  She welcomed ...
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Armenian Delegation attends OSCE 18th Counter-Trafficking-in-Persons Alliance Conference

On April 23-24, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored an Armenian delegation of ten representatives from key stakeholder organizations to attend the 18thAlliance against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conference organized by the OSCE in Vienna. This year’s event focused on promoting inclusive partnerships to further enhance the coherence ...
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INL Sponsors DHS Financial Investigations Training

From April 17-20, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored a series of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trainings, led by Homeland Security Investigations special agents, for Armenian investigators, Financial Intelligence Unit staff, prosecutors, and judges. The course focused on investigations and prosecutions of financial crimes, offering participants updates ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits southern Armenia to see Embassy-supported projects

U.S. Ambassador visits southern Armenia to see Embassy-supported projects English students, ancient frescos, and handcrafted accessories – when U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., and his spouse Leigh traveled to Syunik Province this week his agenda was filled with visits to a variety of efforts supported by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia. “As lovely ...
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Situation in Armenia

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 28, 2018 The United States continues to monitor closely the situation in Armenia.  As a friend of Armenia, we urge all parties to engage in good faith negotiations on the formation of a new government in accordance with the Constitution, and to reach a resolution that reflects the interests ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy

The Office of the Acting Prime Minister and the U.S. Embassy regret that the quote attributed to Ambassador Mills in the press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office today was a mistranslation of the Ambassador’s comments and the views of the U.S. government.  As the U.S. Embassy has said before, peaceful assembly of the ...
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The United States Urges Constructive Dialogue in Armenia

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 24, 2018 The coming days represent a historic moment for the people of Armenia and its elected leaders, as they embark on the process of forming a new government.  We urge all sides to engage constructively, within the legal framework of the Armenian constitution, to ensure a peaceful transition ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2018

Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many ...
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American Corners in Armenia celebrate National Library Week with Reading Marathon

“It was a dark and stormy night.” So begins the story of “A Wrinkle in Time,” a classic piece of U.S. fiction by author Madeleine L’Engle, which was read aloud in the U.S. Embassy’s five American Corners in Armenia on Friday, April 13, in celebration of both U.S. and Armenian National Library Week. The Reading ...
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U.S. Embassy brings leadership and fundraising expert to Armenia for public seminar

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan is pleased to be bringing to Armenia Nancy Bocskor, an internationally-known expert in applied democracy. She will be leading two all-day public lectures. The first on April 7 focuses on fundraising and is designed for professionals from civic, educational, and cultural organizations. The second, on April 8, will explore leadership ...
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Organizational Psychology Seminar for Justice Sector

The head of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office, Dr. Shannon Behaj, recently presented a seminar at Armenia’s Justice Academy.  She introduced the concepts of organizational psychology, including motivation, diversity, procedural justice, and leadership in organizations to leaders from the Justice Academy, Prosecutor General’s Office, Investigative Committee, Special Investigation Service, and ...
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New INL Armenia Justice Academy Anticorruption and Human Rights Curriculum Development Project

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan recently launched a new project to support sustainable curriculum development for training Armenia’s investigators, prosecutors, and judges.  The one-year cooperative agreement, implemented by the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) with Yerevan State University, will support the Armenian Justice ...
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Application now open for visual effects and computer graphics masterclass with U.S. expert

The U.S. Embassy’s American Film Showcase 2018 “Inspire, Empower, Encourage” will feature free screenings of thirteen feature documentaries from April 27 to May 3 at the Moscow Cinema. Like last year, the film festival is about more than watching movies. It will also feature a master class for young Armenian filmmakers. This year, the workshop ...
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Statement on inaccurate reports about U.S. budget spending

The budget agreement recently signed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump includes funding for foreign assistance programs, including those in Armenia.  Recent reports that the funding plan eliminates all foreign assistance to Armenia are wrong and based on a misunderstanding of the U.S. budget process. Given the strong separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution, ...
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Promoting Women’s Role in Law Enforcement

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Bureau recently sent a delegation of 10 Armenian women working in law enforcement to attend the 7th annual Women in Police Conference, hosted by the INL office at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. This was an opportunity for female officers to network and exchange ideas ...
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U.S. Citizen Fugitive Located in Armenia and Extradited to the United States

The United States Embassy in Yerevan Armenia and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia Cooperate to Extradite a U.S. Fugitive U.S. and Armenian law enforcement authorities and prosecutors coordinated the capture and return of a U.S. citizen fugitive located in Yerevan, Armenia. United States Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia Richard Mills, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Mills unveils plans to expand Yerevan American Corner

On March 2, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., announced plans to expand the Yerevan American Corner during a ceremony in which he was presented with the Avetik Isahakyan Medal in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Yerevan City Central Library. “While you present this award to me, it is important ...
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U.S. Embassy in Armenia on Visa Fraud Case Statement for Media

United States citizen Stella Boyadjian and Armenian citizens Diana Grigoryan aka “Dina Akopovna” and Hrachya Atoyan were recently indicted by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury for their alleged roles in a visa fraud operation that illegally brought Armenian citizens to the United States for profit.  The indictment includes charges of conspiracy, visa fraud, money laundering, ...
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Joint INL and DEA Advanced Narcotics Investigation Course

Yerevan, Armenia — The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office sponsored an advanced narcotics investigation course led by officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Yerevan on February 5-9, 2018.  Representatives from four Armenian law enforcement agencies participated in this five-day course, which included case studies and tabletop exercises on ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia

BAKU / YEREVAN, 11 February 2018 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 February and President ...
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U.S. Trains Armenian Legal Experts on Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office, together with a visiting delegation of U.S. Homeland Security agents, trained Armenian judges, prosecutors, and investigators on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and investigation November 27 – December 1, 2017. The training highlighted the link between IPR and transnational organized crime and national security, with ...
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New INL Armenia Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) Project for Juvenile Justice

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, on November 13, 2017, launched a new project to support juvenile justice.  The one-year Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) cooperative agreement, implemented by Project Harmony, will support community-oriented social justice through positive interactions between youth and law enforcement officials. ...
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Immigration Scam Targeting Syrian Refugees

U.S. Embassy Yerevan wishes to alert Syrian refugees in Armenia of an ongoing attempted immigration fraud.  Several Syrian families seeking to relocate to the United States from Armenia have fallen victim to a scam which consists of an individual promising relocation and refugee travel document services from U.S. Embassy Yerevan in return for a fee ...
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Embassy Sends Delegation on Open World Judicial Exchange

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan selected four Armenian participants for an Open World Exchange Program focused on the Judicial System in the United States.  INL also helped develop the program, which took place in Washington, DC, and Norfolk, Virginia.  The delegation included a public defender, the ...
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U.S. Embassy’s INL Office Sponsors Armenian Delegation to the International Corrections and Prisons Association Conference

From October 22 to 27, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan sponsored the participation of two representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Justice to attend the 19th Annual International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Conference in London. The annual conference is the largest international gathering of its ...
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U.S. Embassy Concert Showcases 25 Years of U.S.-Armenian Friendship

A U.S. Embassy-sponsored concert, “Holiday Magic,” dazzled the Armenian public with American and Armenian Christmas music performed by talented up-and-coming Armenian bands and musicians.  The festive event marked the end of a year long celebration of America’s 25 years of partnership and friendship with an independent and sovereign Republic of Armenia, using song, verse, dancing, ...
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U.S. Expert Providing Post-Forest Fire Support to Armenia

An expert from the U.S. Forest Service concludes a working visit to Armenia today. Together with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Nature Protection, applied fire ecologist Jennifer Croft supported an assessment of wildfire fighting capabilities that will help the Armenian government further improve its ability to fight wildfires in the future.  ...
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INL-FBI-Justice Academy Partnership: Social Media and Open Source Investigations Training

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan organized a three-day training on social media and open source investigations for investigators from the Special Investigative Service, Investigative Committee, and National Security Service, and for representatives from the Ministry of Justice.  This collaborative effort utilized Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...
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Armenia’s International Community to Honour Rights Advocates

Yerevan, Armenia – The U.S. Embassy, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Embassy of the Republic of France, the United Nations, and the Council of Europe honoured individuals working to promote human ...
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International Day of People with Disabilities Celebrates Accomplishments, Notes Need for Sustainability

On this, the International Day of People with Disabilities, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan would like to recognize the achievements and contributions of Armenians with disabilities to create a more just and equal society. People with disabilities have contributed to Armenian society in numerous ways. They are parliamentarians, civil society leaders, teachers, lawyers, artists and ...
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U.S. Embassy and U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Team Up to Support the Agriculture Sector in Armenia

On November 1, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and HSBC Bank Armenia, organized business conference focused on Armenia’s agriculture sector. The goal was to connect Armenian companies involved in the sector with the expertise, products, and technology of well-known U.S. companies Valmont and Monsanto. The conference aimed to ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches “America on the Road” Tour

The U.S. Embassy is hitting the road for two weeks in July to connect with Armenians across the country and to showcase the many areas of enduring partnership and shared interests between Armenia and the United States.  The “America on the Road” tour is the centerpiece of our year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of ...
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Peace Corps Celebrates the Swearing-In of 42 New Volunteers and the Program’s 25th Anniversary in Armenia

Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Mr. Richard Mills, swore-in 42 new Peace Corps Volunteers, who will depart to communities across Armenia where they will serve for the next two years with local schools, universities, and non-governmental organizations, as English Teachers and Community and Youth Development Volunteers. The volunteers are American citizens, who come from ...
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U.S. Embassy brings U.S. and Armenian companies together to develop renewable energy

The future of energy is renewable. And it is a future that Armenia can take advantage of, for its pocketbook today and for future generations as well. That was the message of a day-long conference organized by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the firm ...
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U.S. Ambassador meets with Muskie Exchange Program alumni

Saying he was humbled to join such a distinguished group of active Armenians, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., welcomed to the Embassy in Yerevan some of the 450 Armenian alumni of the U.S. State Department’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. “When you look around the atrium it is a wonderful site to ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2017

Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.  Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  I join the Armenian community ...
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American Corners in Armenia celebrate National Library Week with reading marathon

On April 18, the five American Corners in Armenia – in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Charentsavan, and Kapan – celebrated Armenia’s National Library Week by organizing a reading marathon of Mark Twain’s classic novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” with participants from throughout the country. Dozens of community leaders, literary figures, library patrons, and students joined ...
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