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Armenia Admonishes Azerbaijan at BSCE Summit

Armenia Admonishes Azerbaijan at BSCE Summit

ISTANBUL—Efforts by Azerbaijan to politicize the Black Sea Economic Cooperation were thwarted when head of the Armenian delegation admonished Azerbaijan for discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at a forum that “cannot become a platform for political discussions and accusations.” During a presentation to the summit, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said conflict was a major barrier to […]

Congress May Cut off Aid to Turkey for Hosting Sudan’s Genocidal President

A Congressional committee adopted an amendment last month that would suspend U.S. foreign aid to any country hosting a visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Members of Congress intend to isolate this brutal leader and help bring him to court for his crimes in Darfur. Congress decided to take this action after several countries, including […]

Turkey to drop sanctions on France over Armenia

ANKARA — Turkey on Thursday praised the positive attitude adopted by the new French president toward relations with Ankara, saying that sanctions imposed on Paris would no longer be implemented. “Sanctions will drop from the agenda thanks to this new stance adopted by France,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a televised interview, adding […]

Why is there Interest in the Criminal Investigation of Former Foreign Minister Oskanian?

As the news of the criminal investigation of former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian of Armenia broke out last week, a floodgate of news and analysis inundated the electronic and print media in Armenia and the Diaspora. Nearly ten days after the initial media frenzy, the widespread public and media interest in the issue is still […]

Nalbandian Blames Azerbaijan for Peace Stalemate

Nalbandian Blames Azerbaijan for Peace Stalemate

YEREVAN—After an announcement by the presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian reiterated Yerevan’s assertion that Azerbaijan is to blame for the stalemate in the Karabagh peace talks. In a written statement, Nalbandian aligned Yerevan with the presidents of the U.S., France, and Russia who, on the sidelines of the […]

State Dept. Responds to ANCA Concerns on Azeri Aggression

Continues Artificial Even-Handedness in Condemning Azerbaijan’s Recent Cease-Fire Violations WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department this month once again failed to properly condemn Azerbaijan’s escalating violence against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh in a June 13 letter responding to the Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) concerns about Azerbaijan’s recent cross-border attacks. The response came to a letter by […]

Snail pace Karabakh escalation brings dramatic risks for region and Europe

On 18 June 2012, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs met together with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Paris. European Friends of Armenia ( shares the disappointment and recommendations issued yesterday by the three Co-Chairing Presidents at the G20 summit in Los Cabos (Mexico). In particular we regret that Azerbaijan continues blocking the […]

Clinton Should Share Blame for Killings of Armenian Soldiers

A tragic pattern of bloody engagements continues to recur along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border at great human cost. Whenever high-level visits or international meetings are scheduled on the Artsakh (Karabagh) conflict, Azerbaijan unfailingly initiates attacks on Armenian border guards causing many casualties. Azerbaijan’s leaders hope that such hostile action will impress upon the mediating countries the […]

ZHAMANAKN E! – Why Azerbaijan restarted the attacks?

Ժամանակն է՝ Ադրբեջանը դադարեցնի Հայաստանի Հանրապետության տարածքի օկուպացիան և կյանքի կոչվի առկա իրավարարությունը  Տարիների ընթացքում Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի հակամարտության լուծման տարբեր ուղիներ են առա­ջարկվել: Վերջերս՝ 2012թ. հունիսի 5-ին, ամերիկացի չորս փորձագետի մասնակցությամբ Վաշինգտոնի Վուդրո Վիլսոնի կենտրոնում տեղի են ունեցել քննարկումներ հետևյալ վերտառությամբ. Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ. Արդյո՞ք սառեցված հակամարտությունը կվերաճի տաքի (Nagorno-Karabagh: Will the Frozen Conflict Turn Hot?): Ի դեպ, […]

Sarkisian Vows ‘Severe Response’ to Azeri Provocations

YEREVAN—President Serge Sarkisian warned Azerbaijan over the continuous “provocations” at the border, saying that they will receive the appropriate response. Meanwhile, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakian told Personal Representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office that the recent ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan aimed to destabilize the peace process. “I have said on many occasions that provocations […]

President of Armenia arrives in Japan on an official visit

As the correspondent of from Japan reports, President has visited Yuriage-Hiyoriyama Memorial in Sendai city and has paid tribute to the memory of the tsunami victims. Serzh Sargsyan has familiarized with the works aimed at the elimination of the consequences of the natural disaster, afterwards he has visited the temporary lodging of tsunami sufferers […]

She is ‘very concerned’ about instability, clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

She is ‘very concerned’ about instability, clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday kicked off three days of diplomacy in Europe’s Caucasus, expressing concern about recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan as she hopes to mediate progress on a slew of trade and territorial disputes. In the middle of a weeklong European tour, Clinton decried the “senseless […]

Calming the Roiling Caucasus

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia this week is timely. The Caucasus holds risks of confrontation that could affect American and European interests, and it requires regular and high-level attention. Terrorism and insurgency are spreading in Russia’s North Caucasus region. Russian military occupation of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and adjacent areas […]

Armenian Assassin’s Parole Pushed as Issue in D.A. Race

The case of Hampig Sassounian has been a cause celebre within the local Armenian community for nearly 30 years. In 1982, Sassounian and an accomplice assassinated the Turkish consul general, in an act of revenge for the Armenian genocide. Sassounian was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. But ever since, a dedicated […]

Armenians should form a united front before any negotiations with Turkey

Armenians should form a united front before any negotiations with Turkey

My latest column on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s efforts to initiate a dialog with the Diaspora generated numerous reactions from both Armenians and Turks. Turkish newspapers, TV stations, and websites gave extensive coverage to Davutoglu’s reported overtures to Armenians. The Turkish media linked the Foreign Minister’s initiative to Armenian plans for the commemoration of […]

U.S. ‘Still Pushing For Turkish-Armenian Normalization’

The United States is continuing to press Turkey to unconditionally normalize its relations with Armenia, the U.S. ambassador in Yerevan, John Heffern, said on Wednesday. “We still are very hopeful that the process will resume as long as it’s not linked to any other issue,” Heffern told RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( “So we are continuing […]

Sheikha Fareeha Al-Ahmad visits Armenia

YEVERAN: President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received on Thursday Sheikha Fareeha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, President of Kuwait Association for The Ideal Family at the presidential headquarters. Sheikha Fareeha met First lady of Armenia, Rita Sargsyan. During the meeting, they discussed issues of women, family and children in both countries. She also met the Armenian Minister of […]

Turkish Publisher Ragip Zarakolu Honored by PEN

NEW YORK — At the annual Literary Gala held by PEN on May 1 at the Museum of Natural History, Istanbul publisher Ragip Zarakolu was the recipient of the annual Association of American Publishers’ Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award. Peter Balakian, whose memoir, Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian […]

Full text of RI House Resolution on Artsakh

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (A.W.)—The House passed a resolution on May 17 calling on the U.S. President and Congress to recognize the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR). The resolution also encouraged the republic’s “continued efforts to develop as a free and independent nation,” and praised Artsakh’s “constructive involvement with the international community and its efforts […]

Azeri President Uses Platform at UN Security Council to Revile Armenia

Azeri President Uses Platform at UN Security Council to Revile Armenia

Special to the Mirror-Spectator UNITED NATIONS — Lies, distortions and propaganda took center stage on Friday, May 4, as Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev addressed the topic of “anti- terrorism” before the United Nations Security Council and accused Armenia of “terrorism against civilians, military aggression and ethnic cleansing.” Possibly aware this diatribe would occur, the UN […]