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Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Armenia for Talks on Strategic Ties, Georgia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Yerevan on Thursday for official meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and President Serzh Sarkisian. The ongoing crisis in Georgia and strategic relations between Armenia and Russia were high on the agenda of his talks with Nalbandian and Sarkisian. Russia is not alarmed by Armenia’s growing cooperation

Addressing Nation, President Sarkisian Signals ‘Daring Changes’ Ahead

YEREVAN–In a 40 minute speech before the nation, President Serzh Sarkisian stood at the speaker’s podium in the National Assembly Thursday evening and presented his administration’s intention to implement “daring changes” to drastically raise Armenia’s competitiveness as it faces a new era of “serious geopolitical and regional changes.” Addressing the republic’s top leadership, including the

Abkhazia, South Ossetia Cases ‘Irrelevant’ for Karabakh, Says Lavrov

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–Russia’s Foreign Minister on Wednesday described Russia’s recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence as “irrelevant” to the future status of other regions seeking similar recognition of their independence. In an interview with Elefterotipia, a Greek newspaper, Sergei Lavrov singled out Turkish occupied North Cypress, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Transnistria, as three regions that should not

US Calls for Democratic Vote in Azerbaijan, Reaffirms Strong Ties

BAKU (Combined Sources) — This month’s presidential election in Azerbaijan should be "free, fair and transparent," US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Thursday on a visit to the ex-Soviet republic. "October 15 represents an important opportunity for Azerbaijan to demonstrate its commitment to democratic reform by holding an election that is assessed by

Armenian-Turkish Relations, Karabakh Conflict to be Resolved Soon, Says Yovanovitch

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenian-Turkish relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved in the near future, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch said during her first press conference Thursday. "The U.S. welcomes all regional initiatives meant for stability and economic welfare. My duty is to spare no effort for implementation of our plans," added Yovanovitch. "An

New McCain Armenian Voter Outreach Fails to Outline Policy Positions

WASHINGTON–Senator John McCain Tuesday issued an open letter to Armenian American voters, seeking their support for his presidential campaign, but failing to outline his stands on core Armenian American issues, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Tuesday’s letter, released by the McCain-Palin campaign, echoed the same themes as Senator McCain’s correspondence this February

Armenia Seeks Donor Aid for Ravaged Border Regions

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The government will ask Western donors to provide more than $38 million for its new plan to rehabilitate Armenia’s border regions severely damaged during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a senior official said on Wednesday. Gagik Yeganian, head of the State Migration Agency, said the government has drawn up a three-year program that envisages the reconstruction

Baku Signals Support for Alternative Means to Settle Karabakh Conflict

BAKU (Trend)–Praising the growing interest of third parties to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Monday made vague reference to alternative “international formats and precedents” that should be “taken into consideration” in the conflict settlement process. “Despite all mediation initiatives, there are international formats and precedents for having negotiations on the conflict settlement

Turkey Pushes for More Karabakh Talks amid Warming Ties with Armenia

Turkey is sponsoring additional Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations on the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an apparent effort to hasten the normalization of its historically strained ties with Armenia. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan sat down with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts in New York on September 26 as Ankara sought to keep up the momentum in its

Abkhazia to Host Russian Military Bases

SUKHUMI (Ria Novosti)–Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh confirmed Tuesday that two Russian military bases are to be stationed in the republic, recognized as an independent state by Moscow on August 26. He said the bases would be located in the towns of Gudauta and Ochamchira, in the west and east of the republic, respectively. Bagapsh said