Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

White House Avoids Genocide Issue Ahead of Turkey Trip

PARIS (The White House)–Ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to Turkey, at a news briefing Friday aboard Air Force One en route to France, the White House spokesperson avoided discussing the Armenian Genocide when asked by a reporter to comment on the matter. Responding to a reporter’s query on whether “the President still believe[s] that

US Diplomat in Baku Urges Fresh Armenian-Azeri Summit

BAKU (Eurasianet)–A top US diplomat is in Azerbaijan to build fresh momentum for a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. In Baku, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza pressed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday to hold a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. Direct presidential talks are widely viewed as necessary to

Erdogan: Armenia Ties Impossible Without Karabakh Deal

LONDON (Combined Sources)–Speaking in London at a summit of world leaders of the Group of 20 Nations, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Friday that the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations hinges on a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Associated Press reported. "As long as the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is not resolved, it

Headed for the List… At Last

Tuesday’s (March 31) LATimes had some well hidden good news. It seems that UCLA’s Middle Eastern students, including Armenia’s, have embarked on a campaign to add more specific national identifiers than “Other” or “White” or “African” or “Asian” to the list of “ethnic” (how I despise this term) categories that are on various forms and

Aliyev Pulls Out of Istanbul Visit Over Turkey-Armenia Thaw

BAKU (Combined Sources)–Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has refused to attend an international meeting in Istanbul next week, a move that can be seen as a protest against the prospect of the border being opened between Armenia and Turkey, according to a report on Friday, the Azeri Press Agency reported Friday. According to the Azeri Press

All-Day Conference “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” Set for April 18

PASADENA’s The challenges, hurdles, and influences that shape the modern Armenian woman will be the theme of the 4th Annual AGBU Hye Geen Interdisciplinary Conference, taking place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Cal State University, Los Angeles. The conference titled “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds, who will address educational,

Armenia, Iran Agree On Ambitious Rail Link

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia and Iran on Friday formalized their plans to construct a railway that would connect the two neighboring countries and significantly boost economic cooperation between them. The Armenian and Iranian ministers of transport signed a preliminary “memorandum of understanding” to that effect after talks in Yerevan. They said the final version of the document

Nomination Delayed for New State Dept. Eurasia Point Man

WASHINGTON–The United States Senate has delayed a vote to confirm the Obama Administration’s nomination of a scholar at the Brookings Institution, Phil Gordon, to a senior State Department posting as assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) revealed on Friday. The ANCA said that the delay will

Armenian FM to Hold Fresh Talks with Turkish Counterpart in Istanbul

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Official Yerevan confirmed on Friday that Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian will visit Istanbul early next week, giving more credence to reports that Armenia and Turkey are close to normalizing their historically strained relations. The official purpose of Nalbandian’s trip announced by his press office is to participate in the second Alliance of Civilizations