Author Archives: Allen Yekikan

Thousands Protest Genocide Denial at AYF’s Turkish Consulate Protest

LOS ANGELES–Armenian and American flags waved with determination on the steps of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles Thursday as thousands of Armenian-Americans came out to demand justice and recognition in protest of 93 years of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide. "93 years, no more tears," was shouted by an estimated 15,000 people as

Armenian, Georgian Presidents Meet in Batumi

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian and his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili released on Monday few details of their latest talks held in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi over the weekend. The two leaders avoided speaking with journalists after the meeting on Sunday. The Armenian presidential press service released a photograph of casually dressed Kocharian

Armenian Georgian Prime Ministers Meet in Batum

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian paid a three-day official visit on July 7 to Batum–the capital of Ajaria–Georgia to participate in the fifth session of the Armenian-Georgian economic cooperation intergovernmental commission. The Armenian delegation–headed by Prime Minister Margarian–comprised of Armenian Finance and Economy Minister Vardan Khachatrian–Deputy Foreign Minister Gegham Gharibjanian–head of the Armenian State

Azeri Officer’s Trial to Begin on February 8

BAKU (Combined Sources)–The murder trial of Azeri senior lieutenant Ramil Safarov will begin on February 8 in Budapest–Hungary. Safarov is being tried for the February 19–2004 slaying of Armenian serviceman Gurgen Margarian. Safarov’s attorney–Adil Ismayilov–said that a Hungarian lawyer will join the case during the next two days in order to help fend the charges.

Javakhk Armenians Discuss Region’s Fate

AKHALKALAK (Armenpress)–Ethnic Armenian non-government organizations in Georgia’s southern region of Samtskhe Javakheti held their first joint conference last Saturday to discuss the numerous social–economic–and cultural problems that plague the region’s mostly Armenian population. Although interested in working with the Georgian government to help alleviate some of the community’s problems–conference participants expressed concern over the central

Speaker Says Armenia’s Don’t Want Autonomy

TBILISI (Armenpress)–According to the Prime-News agency–after visiting the region of Samtskhe -Javakheti with predominant Armenian population–Chairwoman of Georgian Parliament Nino Burzhanadze told reporters that only "a small and ambitious political group" is provoking talk about granting autonomy to the region. The Georgian news agency also quoted David Rastyan–the leader of an ethnic Armenian organization in

Oskanian Begins Georgia Trip Discusses Javakhk

TBILISI (RFE/RL)–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian began a two-day official visit to Georgia on Monday–reiterating Armenia’s view that close relations between the two neighboring states are vital for peace and stability in the volatile region. Meeting with his Georgian counterpart–Irakli Menagharishvili–and top lawmakers in Tbilisi–Oskanian said unnamed third forces are keen to cause a deterioration of

Cafe Murder Victim ‘Had Many Injuries ‘ Say Experts

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The man who was found dead in the lavatory of President Robert Kocharian’s favorite caf last September had been beaten up badly–a Yerevan court was told on Wednesday. Poghos Poghosian–allegedly beaten to death by presidential bodyguards–sustained severe injuries–according to forensic experts that examined his body. The results of the examination seemed to contradict prosecutors’

Armenia Georgia Declare ‘New Stage’ in Bilateral Ties

YEREVAN (RFE/RL–Noyan Tapan)–Armenia and Georgia have agreed to step up political and economic cooperation which will promote stability in the entire South Caucasus driven by unresolved ethnic conflicts. Following talks in Yerevan on Wednesday–presidents Robert Kocharian and Eduard Shevardnadze announced the beginning of a "new stage" in the Armenian-Georgian relationship. The two leaders spoke to