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No Obstacles to Normal Relations, Nalbandian Says

ANKARA (ArmRadio)–In an interview with the Turkish BBC service on Tuesday, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said he sees no obstacles to the establishment of normal relations between Armenia and Turkey. “I don’t think there is a real obstacle to the normalization of the relations,” Nalbandian said. “We are first of all waiting for the

NATO to Step up Role in Caucasus

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–NATO will no longer remain passive in its drive to establish “stability and security” in the South Caucasus region, the Director of NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Integration and Partnership Program said Tuesday during the annual conference of the Black Sea Security Program. NATO is very concerned with the current situation in the South Caucasus, Yaroslav Skonizhka

Sarkisian Meets with EU Representative to South Caucasus

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Serzh Sarkisian Monday met with the European Union’s special representative to the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, for talks on European Armenian relations and current developmen’s in the South Caucasus. “The South Caucasus is of great importance to the European Union,” Semneby said, noting that Sarkisian’s upcoming visit to Brussels will allow Armenia and

Turkey to Aid Settlement of ‘Frozen Conflicts’ in Caucasus, Says Ambassador

BAKU (Trend)–Turkey will assist the settlement of “frozen conflicts” in the region as soon as it begins its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic told to journalists in Baku on Monday. Settlement of the conflicts will provide stability in the South Caucasus, he added. Elected

New Projects a Stab at Independence from Moscow?

YEREVAN (Eurasianet.org)–The Armenian government has confirmed plans to build an Iran-Armenia railway and a new nuclear power plant as part of a series of new, "large-scale" initiatives. In an October 2 speech to parliament, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan declared that the "time has come for Armenia to implement ambitious economic projects, super-projects." Aside from the

EU Parliamentarian Stresses Greater Role in Caucasus

BAKU (Armenpress)–After the latest events in South Caucasus, the European Parliament must display a more serious attitude toward resolving the “frozen” conflicts of the region, the co-chairman of EU-Azerbaijan intergovernmental cooperation committee, Mary An Ishler Began, told Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov during a meeting on Wednesday. Drawing special attention to the Karabakh conflict, Mammedyarov

Georgian Transit Ban Hinders Russian Military Presence in Armenia

GYUMRI (Eurasianet)–Raising a serious obstacle to Russia’s military presence in Armenia, Georgia appears to have closed its airspace to transport planes making vital shipmen’s to Russian troops stationed in the neighboring South Caucasus state. According to Russian and Armenian officials, the move is the result of the recent Russian-Georgian war that has redrawn the geopolitical

In Talks with EU Caucasus Envoy, Tchoboian Echoes Calls for a Federated Georgia

BRUSSELS–The Chairperson of the European Armenian Federation (EAF), Hilda Tchoboian met on September 24 with the EU’s special envoy to the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, for talks on the European Union’s policy on the South Caucasus. Tchoboian relayed to Semneby the concerns of Georgia’s disadvantaged Armenian minority, primarily concentrated in the southern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti

At Socialist International, ARF Rep. Discusses Caucasus Challenges

NEW YORK–On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Socialist International Executive Council, which took part in the assembly with observer status, held its session, with the participation of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s Maria Titizian, who was elected a vice-president during its international convention this summer. Titizian addressed the council with a briefing on

Turkey Benefited More from ‘Soccer Diplomacy,’ Says Oskanian

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Turkey benefited more from last month’s visit of its president to Armenia, said Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian Wednesday following the opening of his new think tank, the Civilitas Foundation. “Turkey gained more than Armenia from Gul’s visit to Yerevan. Actually, it positioned itself as a regional power, capable of resolving conflicts