Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

In Energy Talks with Aliyev, Medvedev Pledges Support for Karabakh Peace

MOSCOW (Combined Sources)–Russia is Azerbaijan’s friend, neighbor and strategic partner and we will be developing our relations on this basis,” Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Friday during talks with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Moscow that began with a focus on energy relations and ended with a pledge by Russian to “fulfill its mandate” as

Unemployment Rate in Turkey Hits 15 Percent

DIYARBAKIR, Tukrey (Press TV)–Turkey’s employment rate has jumped to an all-time high of 15.5 percent, foreshowing a deep economic slump for the emerging economy. Figures released by the Turkish Statistics Institute on Wednesday showed that the number of unemployed people in Turkey had risen by 1.59 million in January 2009 compared to the same period

Karabakh Talks No Place For Turkey, Says Nalbandian

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbnadian, reiterated on Thursday his government’s strong opposition to direct Turkish involvement in international efforts to settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, ArmRadio reported. “Turkey will not play the role of a mediator in the Karabakh peace process,” Nalbandian said in a joint press conference in Yerevan with Azerbaijan’s Deputy

In Letter to Obama, ARF Youth in Armenia Urge US Recognition of Genocide

YEREVAN–The youth organizations of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in Armenia have delivered a letter to the US Ambassador to Armenia urging US President Barack Obama to stand firm on his positions and recognize the Armenian Genocide in his April 24 address. The letter, written by the ARF Youth and the ARF Nigol Aghbalian Student Association,

Dzidzernagapert to Host International Conference on Adana Massacre

YEREVAN–The Dzidzernagapert Genocide Museum-Institute will organize an international conference on April 20-21, 2009, dedicated to the centennial anniversary of the Armenian massacres in Adana district of the Ottoman Empire. An estimated 30,000 Armenians in the province were reported killed in events that coincided with the April 1909 counter-revolution stages by supporters of Sultan Abdul Hamid

Heritage Party Leader Reveals Objections to Election Pullout

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian said on Friday that his Heritage party decided not to contest next month’s mayoral elections in Yerevan over his objections. Heritage’s governing board made the decision late last month after the failure of its negotiations with former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress over the formation of an electoral alliance.

Turkey Expands Hunt for PKK

ISTANBUL (UPI)–Turkish police detained more than 40 people in four provinces early Friday over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), authorities said. As police extended their search in Istanbul and other areas for the PKK suspects, a provincial chairman of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) was arrested after condemning the investigation, the

Abkhazia May Hold Exercises As Response to Georgia NATO Drills

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)–The unrecognized republic of Abkhazia may hold its own military exercises in response to NATO’s planned drills in Georgia next month, Abkhazia’s President said on Friday. The Cooperative Longbow 09/Cooperative Lancer 09 command-and-staff exercise, led by the Western military alliance, will be held from May 6 through June 1, but will not feature

Siding with Protesters, Retired Georgian General Plans Self Defense Groups

TBILISI (Eurasianet)–Retired Georgian General Gia Karkarashvili has pledged to set up makeshift “civil defense committees” to rebuff attacks against protesters who rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili. Ombudsman Sozar Subari and opposition protest organizers have claimed that the police have not tried to prevent or to investigate a series of nighttime attacks on opposition activists by