The situation in the Armenian capital, Yerevan is reported tense as police and demonstrators clashed outside the main government building, where the newly appointed prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was due to chair his first cabinet meeting.
The semi official Armenpress news agency said that demonstrators attempted to surround and block the facility and obstruct staff from entering. Police officers were trying to open the area which resulted in several protesters getting detained, it added.
photo: Police and demonstrators clashed outside the main government building in Yerevan on thursday monring (19 April) (Picture courtesy of Armenpress news Agency, Yerevan)
"Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe," Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs after they confirmed her in the post. She will take up her new role on November 1.
On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.