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Armenia pays for non participation in Eurovision-2012

2012-05-03 13:13

The next song contest Eurovision-2012, to be held in the capital of Azerbaijan, is accompanied by numerous scandals. As reported by the ITAR-TASS, Director of Media Relations of Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Annika Nyberg-Frankenhauzer stated that the organization has fined Armenia for refusing to participate in the song contest.


According to her, the decision was taken by the Television Committee and the EBU reference group, after studying the matter. As a result, Armenia must make a contribution for participation in the contest, as well as to pay 50 percent of the amount of contribution as a penalty. Nyberg-Frankenhauzer failed to report the amount of Armenia's contribution. In addition, the Armenian Public Television will have to show the final of the Eurovision-2012 "live and without interruption". In the event of refusal, the country "may lose the right to participate in the contest in 2013", held by Member States of the EMU, the representative of the Union added.

Nyberg-Frankenhauzer explained the edition that when returning the verdict they did not take into account the motives which Yerevan took into account when they have decided not to send their singers in Baku. "There is a time limit, and after a certain period of time a country, wishing to take part in the contest, cannot change its mind", she said, explaining that this is what happened in the case of Armenia - the refusal was reported "when all the terms ran out".

Recall, Armenia has officially withdrawn from participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. According to the official website of the contest, the Armenian Public Television has notified the European Broadcasting Union about this decision today. The event organizers have expressed their disappointment. "We are really disappointed with the decision of the APT to withdraw from participation in Eurovision this year", the executive producer of the contest, the Norwegian Jon Ola Sand, said.

According to Sand, despite the efforts of the European Broadcasting Union and the local Azeri broadcaster to ensure the normal participation of the Armenian delegation in the contest this year, some circumstances "led to the adoption of this unfortunate decision".

Earlier, February 23, 22 Armenian singer issued a statement that they considered the participation of Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest "Eurovision-2012" in Baku unacceptable in connection with the anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijan. The statement was issued after the announcement by the Armenian Defense Ministry about the death of conscript Albert Adibekyan at the combat positions near the village of Chinari of Tavush region as a result of sniper fire from the Azerbaijani side.

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