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Turkey Fails to Promote Denialist Agenda in Argentina

On May 31, the ANC of South America, a body of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), issued a statement welcoming Buenos Aires officials’ decision to block the unveiling of Ataturk’s bust in the capital. The statement came on the heels of the cancellation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s trip to Buenos Aires, after Argentina’s Armenian community protested the planned unveiling.

Erdogan Accuses Israel of State Terrorism

Turkey has accused Israel of state-sponsored terrorism while describing Monday morning’s Israeli attack on a fleet of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. “This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. No one should think we will keep quiet in the face of this,” Erdogan said. He added that this attack openly and in a clear way displayed that Israel does not want peace in the region.

Russian, Armenian Leaders Discuss Turkey In Fresh Talks

The presidents of Russia and Armenia discussed the future of Turkish-Armenian relations during fresh talks held in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday. They made no public statements afterwards. The talks coincided with the second and final day of a European Union-Russia summit, also held in Rostov-on-Don, and came just three weeks after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s high-profile visit to Turkey.

Polish Envoy Backs Karabakh Role in Minsk Group Peace Talks

Representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh should be a party to Armenian-Azerbaijani peace negotiations, Poland’s ambassador to Armenia indicated on Monday. Zdzislaw Raczynski also insisted that a recent resolution by the European Parliament, criticized by Armenia, does not mean that the European Union is seeking direct involvement in the negotiating process that has long been mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.

Armenia Marks First Republic’s Independence

Armenians marked on Friday the 92nd anniversary of the establishment of their first short-lived independent republic that emerged from the ashes of the Russian Empire at the end of World War I. The main ceremonies marking the public holiday in Armenia again took place at the Sardarabad memorial, erected in 1968 in Armenia’s Armavir provice. The memorial, which opened on the 50th anniversary of the 1918 Battle of Sardarabad, was built on the field of the historic battle where Armenian volunteers successfully repelled an invading Turkish army.

Implications for Armenia of the New Russian-Turkish Partnership

s Russian and Turkish leaders express their readiness to develop a strategic partnership, Armenian leaders are considering what the implications of such a partnership would mean to the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. ARF Political Affairs Bureau Chief Kiro Manoyan says Russia is already a strategic partner of Armenia. Statements by Moscow and Ankara saying that they are already strategic partners in practice should alarm Armenia, according to Manoyan.