Author Archives: Asbarez Staff

Whose Poor Governance?

The Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting today, the first chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and attended by new Board member Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, to discuss MCC programs generally and review in detail MCC’s current partnerships with Armenia and Nicaragua. Given ongoing concerns about

Iranian FM Promotes Closer Ties With Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia and Iran have “common interests” in the region and should deepen their already close political and economic relations, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said during an official visit to Yerevan on Friday. “We are content with the course of [bilateral] relations but do not find it satisfactory given the two countries’ potential,” Mottaki

What Were Armenian Officials Thinking, If They Were Thinking at all?

Two shocking announcemen’s made by Yerevan officials have deeply troubled Armenia’s worldwide. The first statement was made by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia on February 21, during an international economic forum — "Outlook for International Economic Cooperation: Problems and Solutions." The conference was attended by high-ranking officials and businessmen from Russia, Bulgaria, Iran

Turkish trip intensifies dilemma for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey has become so pivotal to U.S. goals in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East that President Barack Obama included it on his first overseas tour. But relations between the countries could be at risk unless Obama is willing to break a campaign promise to describe as "genocide" the killings of Armenia’s

Bulgaria Parliament Speaker Arrives in Turkey Amid Genocide Row

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Bulgaria’s Parliament Speaker Georgi Pirinski is visiting Ankara Thursday amid growing tensions between the two countries over the recognition last year by some Bulgarian cities of the Armenian Genocide The Turkish cities of Bursa, Kirklareli and Adapazari have cancelled their agreemen’s with the Bulgarian municipalities of Plovdiv, Dobrich and Shumen. All other contracts for

Russia Says it Wants to Keep Radar in Azerbaijan

BAKU (AP)–Russia wants to extend its lease of a Soviet-built military radar in Azerbaijan after a current lease agreement ends, the Russian foreign minister said Thursday. Sergey Lavrov said on a trip to Azerbaijan that Russia would like to continue using the early-warning radar in Gabala after the lease expires in 2012. He said Russia’s

Crisis-Hit Armenia Set to ‘Delay’ Government Spending

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Citing the growing impact of the global economic crisis, Armenia’s Finance Ministry urged the government on Thursday to delay 131 billion drams ($354 million) in planned expenditures until the fourth quarter of this year. The figure is equivalent to almost 14 percent of total government spending envisaged by the Armenian state budget for 2009.

U.S. Hold On Armenia Road Funding Extended

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The United States has again extended the suspension of some of its additional economic assistance to Armenia, saying that the authorities in Yerevan have still not addressed U.S. concerns about the “status of democratic governance” in the country. Armenia was due to receive $236.5 million under the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) program