Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Russian Troops Entering Abkhazia’s Gali Region

TBILISI (RFE/RL) — Russian troops have been entering Abkhazia’s Gali region since April 7, RFE/RL’s Georgia Service reports. Government sources in Georgia’s Zugdidi region told RFE/RL that additional Russian troops moved to the breakaway republic of Abkhazia’s Gali region on April 7, which borders Georgia proper. Abkhaz presidential spokesman Ruslan Kishmaria confirmed the information to

More than 300 European Organizations Urge Obama to Recognize Genocide

BRUSSELS–A letter signed by more than 340 European organizations is urging US President Barack Obama to stand firm against Turkish pressure and honor his campaign pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reported the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy. The letter, sent to the White House while the President was in London for the

Youth Group, Police Clash in Tbilisi

TBILISI (Eurasianet)–Youth activists clashed with police in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on the eve of a major opposition-led rally against Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. An April 6 demonstration by the youth movement Rat’om? (Why?) in front of the Georgian Public Broadcasting headquarters turned into a scuffle with police after the demonstrators tried to put

Obama’s Home State Becomes 42nd to Recognize Genocide

Hawaii Officially Marks Atrocity During President’s Visit to Turkey HONOLULU, HI -Hawaii, home to President Barack Obama, became the 42nd U.S. state to recognize the Armenian Genocide, with the State House of Representatives earlier Monday adopting a formal measure (HR192) that both condemned this crime and noted Turkey’s ongoing denial of this atrocity. The measure,

Obama Urges Turkey, Armenia to Normalize Ties Soon

ISTANBUL (Combined Sources)–U.S. President Barack Obama urged the foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia during a meeting late Monday to complete talks aimed at restoring ties between the two neighbors. Ankara and Yerevan are engaged in high-level negotiations to end nearly a century of hostility, including the reopening of the border — a move which

Obama Tells Turks His Views on Genocide Have Not Changed

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday stood by his earlier statemen’s recognizing the Armenian Genocide and said they should not hamper the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations. “My views are on the record and I have not changed views,” said President Barack Obama about the Armenian Genocide at a joint press conference Monday with

Armenian, Russian Presidents to Meet Soon

YEREVAN–The Presidents of Armenia and Russia will soon meet for talks on strengthening the political and economic ties between their two countries, Armenpress reported Monday. The two spoke over the phone on Monday regarding development of political and economic relations between their two countries, agreeing to hold face-to-face talks in the near future, the President’s

Gul Dismisses Reports of April 16 Agreement with Armenia

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–An agreement to open the Armenian-Turkish border will not be announced on April 16, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Friday, dismissing media reports indicating an imminent agreement would be announced during Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan’s upcoming trip to Yerevan next week, the Azeri Press Agency reported quoting Gul’s official website. Babacan

Aliyev Snubs Calls from Gul, Clinton to Drop Boycott of Istanbul Summit

BAKU–Efforts to persuade Azeri President Ilham Aliyev to attend a UN sponsored summit in Istanbul after his abrupt decision to pull out of the conference have failed despite phone calls from Turkey’s President and and the US Secretary of State to convince him otherwise, the Azeri Press Agency reported Monday. Aliyev has decided to boycott