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Iran Sees Armenia as Link to Europe

DUBAI (Reuter)-Armenia could offer neighboring Iran a link to Europe–the speaker of the Iranian parliament told his visiting Armenian counterpart–Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Sunday. Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri told Babken Ararktsian Saturday that Iran was willing to further broaden relations with Armenia and offer it a communication bridge with the Gulf–IRNA said. Armenia–too–could

Iran Offers Mediation in Karabakh Conflict

TEHRAN (Xinhua)-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati said Monday that his country is ready to be a mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Karabakh dispute. Velayati made the remarks while meeting with the visiting Armenian National Assembly speaker–Babken Ararktsian–who arrived in Tehran Saturday. Velayati was quoted by the official Iranian news agency– IRNA–as saying

Karabakh Rules Out Progress with Azeri Relations

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)-The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will firmly stand up for its independence–and has ruled out the possibility of any progress in relations with Azerbaijan–Karabakh President Robert Kocharian said at a meeting last Saturday with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe representatives Susan Rejmor Christianssen. Kocharian noted that Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh are neighbors and the

EU Asked to be Honest About Turkey’s Membership

BRUSSELS (Reuter)-Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van Mierlo said Tuesday that the time had come for the European Union to come clean with neighbor and NATO ally Turkey and tell it why it did not pass muster for EU membership. Speaking to a European Parliament committee on behalf of the Dutch EU presidency–van Mierlo said Europe

Karabakh Railway Would Benefit Neighbors

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-Russia and Azerbaijan can make $200 million annually if a railway line through Karabakh is opened–Russian Minister for Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States–Amman Tuliyev–said on Friday. According to him–opening the new railway to Iran via Nagorno-Karabakh will enable Russia to establish numerous projects with the Transcaucasian states. Tuliyev proposed to allocate

EC Proposes Aid to Armenia Georgia Tajikistan

BRUSSELS (Xinhua)-The European Commission has proposed to provide Armenia–Georgia and possibly Tajikistan–with aid of up to $262 million. The aid will be in the form of long-term loans of $202 million combined with direct gran’s of $60 million–the commission said. The present proposal to the European Union makes it possible for the commission to negotiate

Gilman Leads Opposition to Sale of Helicopters Turkey

Influential committee chairman warns administration that the sale would "encounter significant opposition in the Congress." WASHINGTON-Congressman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY)–the chairman of the influential House International Relations Committee–announced yesterday that he objects to a proposed $170 million sale of advanced Seahawk helicopters to Turkey–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. In a January 30 letter to

France Supports Azerbaijan’s Territorial Integrity

PARIS-The Karabakh conflict must be resolved quickly and peacefully without compromising the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan or undermining the autonomy of Nagorno-Karabakh– the press secretary of the newly-elected French co-chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group–Jacques Blott–told a Radio Liberty correspondent Thursday. De Trio said France has always been interested

Denmark Protests Over Turkey Torture

ANKARA (Reuter)-Denmark has complained to the European Commission of Human Rights about reports of torture of a Danish citizen of Kurdish origin in custody in Turkey last year–the Turkish foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Danish officials applied on Tuesday on behalf of Kemal Koc–a naturalized Dane charged in July with giving economic support from Denmark

An Opening On Karabakh?

PRAGUE–The decision of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday to name France rather than the United States as the new co-chairman of talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute could provide an opening for progress on the long-deadlocked talks on the status of that disputed territory. That cautious conclusion reflects three things: the