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Turkey has Highest Journalist Prisonment Record

NEW YORK (Reuter)–A record 185 journalists were in prison in 24 countries during 1996–with 78 of them in Turkish jails alone–the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday. Twenty-seven journalists were killed in the line of duty–26 of them by assassination and one in the plane crash in Croatia that also killed US Secretary of

UN Tells Turkey to Curb Freedom Expression Violations

GENEVA (Reuter)–A UN human rights report accused Turkey of a long list of abuses on Thursday–including imprisonment of writers–police torture of journalists–use of force against protesters and routine seizure of newspapers. Investigator Abid Hussain’s report to the UN human rights commission meeting in Geneva urged Turkey to relax its curbs on freedom of speech and

Pallone Sherman Call for Direct Aid to Karabakh

Administration officials stress commitment to Karabakh peace talks in second day of testimony before the House International Relations Committee. WASHINGTON–A broad range of issues of concern to Armenian Americans–including increased US aid to Armenia–direct aid to Nagorn- Karabakh–the ban on US assistance to Azerbaijan–and US participation in talks to resolve the Karabakh conflict–were among the

Russia begins repairs of pipeline running via …

OTC 3/13/97 10:22 AM LONDON–March 13 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’said had practically begun work to restore the pipeline running through the republics of Dagestan and Chechnya–which will transport oil produced in Azerbaijan’s offshore zone in the Caspian Sea–an official said on Thursday. The statement was made by visiting Russia’s first deputy fuel and energy minister Viktor

Russian minister urges renewed cultural ties with …

YEREVAN–March 12 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Minister of Culture Yevgeny Sidorov met members of Armenia’s Russian community and intellectuals on Wednesday to urge them to reinvigorate cultural ties with Russia. The meeting was held in Yerevan’s Museum of Russian Art–the centrepiece of which is a collection of a Moscow doctor–Professor Aram Abramyan. "I am particularly alarmed

Georgia Russia have similar interests in …

WASHINGTON– March 13 (Itar-Tass) – "We totally disagree with a premise that the interests of Russia and Georgia are at variance with respect to transporting Caspian oil," speaker of the Georgian parliament Zurab Zhvania said in an interview with Itar-Tass here on Wednesday. "The Caspian has so much oil as even two pipelines are not

Azerbaijan’s POW Estimations Groundless

YEREVAN (Armenpress) – According to information gathered from recently released Armenian prisoners–the National Security Minister of Azerbaijan–Namik Abasov–has announced that Armenia’s continue to imprison 800 Azeri war captives. Furthermore–according to a report published in Turkish Times– Abasov has also characterized Armenian captives as spies and recruiting agents for the Armenian Secret Service. On several occasions–Abasov

Armenia Azerbaijan: State Department Delegation Discusses Security

Prague–13 March 1997 (By Mirza Michaeli–RFE/RL) – A U.S. State Department delegation headed by Eric Newsome–deputy head of the military policy division–held talks in Baku today with representatives of Azerbaijan’s Foreign and Defense Ministries and with President Heidar Aliyev. The delegation arrived in Baku yesterday from Yerevan–where Newsome met Armenia’s President Levon Ter-Petrosyan to discuss

Arzoumanian Visits Lebanon Syria

BEIRUT–DAMASCUS (Asbarez–Azg) – Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian visited Beirut Thursday–where he met with the country’s president–prime minister and foreign minister. He arrived in Beirut via car from Damascus where he was on an official visit. Upon arriving in the Lebanese capital–Arzoumanian met with Lebanese President Ilias Herawi– prime minister Rafik-al-Hariri and Foreign Minister Fares

Belarussian Protesters Arrested

MINSK (Reuter)About 100 people have been detained in Belarus after angry scuffles at a protest against the policies of President Alexander Lukashenko–opposition leaders said on Tuesday. "We estimate that about 100 people–mostly teenagers–were detained after yesterday’s events," Vyacheslav Sivchyk–secretary of the Belarussian Popular Front–which helped organize the protest–told a news conference. "The authorities fear a