Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

PACE Urges Turkey, Greece to Respect Minority Rights

STRASBURG (Armenpress)–Turkey and Greece must abide by the European Convention on Human Rights and protect the rights of religious minorities in their countries, the PACE Legal Affairs Commission has said in a report on the freedoms and rights of Christian and Muslim minority in the two countries. The PACE report also noted that both countries

Dispatched by Clinton, US Envoy in Armenia on Unexpected Visit

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A senior U.S. official paid on Wednesday a brief and apparently unexpected visit to Yerevan which the Armenian Foreign Ministry said focused on international efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, who is also Washington’s chief Karabakh negotiator, met with President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian

UN Vote on Sudan Tests Turkish-US Ties

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–Despite winds of optimism on the future of Turkish-American relations, the first fissure between the two governmen’s has emerged on the suspension of the International Criminal Court, or ICC’s, indictment of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. Turkey favors a deferral and looks set to vote in that direction if a vote takes place at the

Iranian Gas ‘Still Not Needed’ By Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia’still has no immediate plans to import natural gas from neighboring Iran through a recently constructed pipeline, an official in Yerevan said on Wednesday. “Armenia does not need Iranian gas yet,” Lusine Harutiunian, a spokeswoman for the Energy Ministry, told the news service. She said gas supplied by Russia fully meets the country’s

ANCA Eastern Region Hosts Successful Mid-Atlantic Workshop

ENGLEWOOD, NJ–Activists from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,and Virginia gathered on Saturday, March 21, for an educational workshop organized by the Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Region (ANCA-ER). The event entitled "Unlock Your Inner Activist," was open to community members throughout the Mid-Atlantic to further their knowledge about the ANCA and organizing collectively on

South Australia Recognizes Armenian Genocide

ADELAIDE, Australia–The South Australian Parliament’s Legislative Council passed on Wednesday a motion recognizing the Armenian Genocide as "one of the greatest crimes against humanity," the Armenian National Committee of Australia reported. An Armenian National Committee of Australia delegation was present as the motion was introduced by David Ridgway, the leader of the Liberal Opposition in

US Jews May Be Ready to Step Into Armenian Genocide Debate

Despite a serious strain in relations with Turkey as a result of harsh Turkish criticism of Operation Cast Lead, Israel has not changed its policy on the question of whether the killing in the early 20th century of some 1.5 million Armenia’s should be characterized as genocide. This issue is once again on the agenda

Akcam Urges Obama to Recognize Genocide

WORCESTER, Mass. (A.W.)–Prominent Turkish-born genocide scholar Taner Akcam delivered his inaugural lecture on Thursday, March 19, at Clark University titled, “Facing History: Denial and the Turkish National Security Concept.” In 2008, Akcam was appointed the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marion Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. Speaking to

Mechanism in Place for Karabakh Military Withdrawal, Says Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–According to Azeri deputy foreign minister Araz Azimov mechanisms to withdraw forces from the seven liberated territories around the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are already in place. “There already exist variants for the withdrawal of troops,” said Azimov Tuesday in an interview with BBC Russian Service. “It is presumed that when an agreement is reached an