Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Iran Ready to Help Resolve Karabakh Conflict, Says FM

TEHRAN (FNA)–Iran is prepared to help its Azeri and Armenian neighbors resolve the longstanding Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday during talks in Yerevan focusing on economic relations. Mottaki described peace as the first condition for sustainable development in the region and referring to the two countries’

Kurdish Independence Just a Dream, Talabani Tells Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) — Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani has told a Turkish newspaper that an independent Kurdish state in Iraq was "impossible", in commen’s meant to calm Ankara’s historical suspicion towards Kurdish separatism on its own soil. Turkey, which has a large Kurdish minority and is fighting Kurdish separatist guerrillas, has traditionally feared that a Kurdish

Armenian, Turkish Civic Groups Hold Conference

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Representatives of more than 30 Armenian and Turkish non-governmental organizations met for a first-ever joint conference in Yerevan at the weekend to discuss ways of assisting in the ongoing dialogue between their estranged nations. The event highlighted a dramatic thaw in relations between Armenia and Turkey. After months of intensive diplomatic contacts the governmen’s

Babacn Boasts Turkey’s Role in US Iraq Withdrawal

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was speaking about Turkey’s role in the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq on Monday, stressing that the U.S. has expressed it may need Turkey “in a general sense during the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq.” The U.S. has not yet made public its plans about the number of soldiers

Normalization with Armenia Runs Parallel to Karabakh Resolution, Says Turkey’s Deputy FM

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister said Monday that the normalization of Turkey’s relations with Armenia runs parallel to the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process, stressing that “Azerbaijan need not worry or doubt” Ankara’s diplomatic rapprochement with Yerevan. “Being our nearest neighbor in the region, Azerbaijan is attentively observing the normalization of the relations between Turkey and

Mark Arax Joins CA Senate to Shake up Policy Debate

SACRAMENTO–California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) proudly announced at the weekend the addition to his legislative staff of award-winning author and journalist Mark Arax, a Fresno native who will serve as his Senior Policy Director. “I am excited to see how policy can be advanced when we apply a reporter’s perspective and tenacity to

Ter-Petrosian to Run for Yerevan Mayor

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–In a surprise move that some say could spark further political turmoil, former President Levon Ter Petrosian has announced plans to run for mayor of Yerevan in the Armenian capital’s May 31 elections. The decision, which should shape political developmen’s in the country in the coming months, was announced on Sunday after Ter-Petrosian’s meeting

Judiciary and State Behind Alienation of Non-Muslims in Turkey

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Members of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation introduced a report on Saturday on the obstacles facing ethnic minorities in Turkey, stating that non-Muslim Turks still face “anti-democratic practices.” Turkey’s non-Muslim communities have been alienated, and it was done by the state and judiciary, said the writers of the new report, which

Student Activists Face Down Azerbaijan’s Propaganda Machine

NORTHRIDGE, CA–Students and human rights activists recently attended a talk by Consul General of Azerbaijan Elin Suleymanov held Wednesday at California State University-Northridge (CSUN), the Armenian National Committee Reported The lecture, organized at the requested of Suleymanov, was titled “The Geopolitics of Energy Security in Eurasia, Central Asia, Europe and America,” and served as a