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Sarkisian to IAGS President: No to Commission of Historians, Yes to Eliminating Consequences of Genocide

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has responded to an October 13 open letter from the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, William Schabas. In the letter, addressed to both Sarkisian and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Schabas, said: “Acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide must be the starting point of any ‘impartial historical commission,’ not one of its possible conclusions.”

Nalbandian Holds Summit with Armenia’s Diplomats in Europe

Armenian Diplomats stationed throughout Europe met in Paris on Monday for consultations with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, reported ArmRadio.

Kurdish Riots Flare in Turkey Over Party Shut Down

Kurdish protesters have clashed with police throughout Turkey as members of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), the main Kurdish party, met to discuss their next move after being banned by the country’s constitutional court.

Bipartisan Senate Letter Rebukes Turkey for Worsening Israel Ties

A bipartisan letter sent to the Turkish Embassy from 10 US senators on December 7 sharply rebuked the Turkish government for the “downward trend of relations between Turkey and Israel this past year,” reported the Weekly Standard’s Blog on Monday.

Bomb on Pipeline Leads Russia to Cut Gas to Armenia

Russia halted gas supplies to ally Armenia after bombs were found under a pipeline in the volatile south-Russian region of Ingushetia, but Armenia said on Monday it had enough reserves to supply consumers.

US Embassy in Baku Comments on Congressional Aid to Karabakh

The US Embassy in Azerbaijan on Monday commented on the agreement by the US House and Senate last week to provide the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with $8 million in aid, a move Baku vehemently opposes, the Azeri Trend News Agency reported.

Andrei Sakharov’s Ideals Being Forgotten

Yelena Bonner, the widow of Soviet-era rights defender Andrei Sakharov and an outspoken rights campaigner in her own right, has lamented what she says is a decline in the invocation of her late husband’s name and ideals, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

Clinton Phones Sarkisian After Armenian Warning To Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned President Serzh Sarkisian late Thursday just hours after he threatened to annul Armenia’s fence-mending agreements with Turkey if Ankara fails to unconditionally implement them, it emerged on Friday.

Minsk Group Meets with Aliyev in Baku

International mediators visited Baku on Friday to start preparations for more talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents which they hope will lead to a framework peace accord on Nagorno-Karabakh next year.

Turkey Shuts Down Kurdish Political Party

Turkey’s Constitutional Court late Friday delivered a landmark ruling, banning the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) for alleged links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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