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Georgia Sells Gas Network to Azerbaijan

BAKU (Combined Sources)–Georgia has transferred ownership of its natural gas distribution network to Azeri state oil firm Socar, effectively signing over control of a vital transit pipeline from Russia to Armenia, news agencies reported. The deal, signed on November 14 during a Caspian energy summit of central and eastern European officials in Baku, was revealed

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

Iran Must be Part of Caucasus Peace, Says Markarian

TEHRAN (Alik)–It is unacceptable to be a part of the Turkish-proposed Caucasus stability pact without the participation of Iran, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian during a town hall meeting at the Sukerian Hall of the Nairi Armenian Cultural Society during his three-day visit to Iran this week. “For us it is unacceptable

Karabakh Peace Precondition to Turkey Relations, Echoes Lavrov

MOSCOW (Combined Sources)–In an interview published Tuesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who visited Armenia Friday, echoed Turkey’s calls for an immediate resolution of the Karabakh conflict prior to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia. "It [Armenia] really has few geographic and political options. As soon as the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement becomes a

Post Soccer Diplomacy

After Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Armenia and met with his counterpart Eduard Nalbandian and President Serzh Sarkisian last week, the announcemen’s coming out of Yerevan signaled a steady grip on the Karabakh peace process. This week, however, a series of announcemen’s from Azerbaijan, Russia and then Turkey signaled a consolidated effort to rush

Sarkisian Blasts Azeri War Threats, Defends Karabakh at UN

UNITED NATIONS–Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday Defended Karabakh’s right to self-determination and blasted Azerbaijan’s continued threats of military action and actual military build-up, saying that the international body has clear guidelines for such actions that were not being adhered to. “We, the member countries of

Armenian, Turkish, Azeri Foreign Ministers Meet

UNITED NATIONS (Combined Sources)–The foreign ministers of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan met in New York on Friday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly without issuing a much talked about joint announcement. News broke last week of renewed behind the scenes talks in Switzerland between Armenian and Turkish diplomats seeking to finalize a