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Minsk urges peaceful solution to Karabakh

The United States, Russia and France yesterday urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to show the “political will” needed to find a lasting settlement to their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe issued the statement to mark the 20th anniversary of the formal request to convene a conference on the conflict. In a joint statement issued by the U.S. State Department, the three co-chairs of the so-called Minsk Group said they “call upon the sides to demonstrate the political will needed to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement.

“A new generation has come of age in the region with no first-hand memory of Armenians and Azeris living side by side, and prolonging these artificial divisions only deepens the wounds of war,” the statement said. “For this reason, we urge the leaders of the sides to prepare their populations for peace, not war,” according to the statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » March 2012

Turkey’s Armenian policy subcontracted to a few Armenophiles and Turcophobes?

Cengiz Aktar is incorrect and misleading on numerous points in his article (“Turkey’s Armenian policy subcontracted to Azerbaijan?” Today’s Zaman, Tuesday, March 8, 2012, p. 15).

Usage of selective facts and memories, coupled with poor knowledge of world’s history, and a liberal agenda that opposes anything remotely “nationalistic” and favors kissing up to traditionally unfriendly nations, are probably to blame for Dr. Aktar’s stance (which contravenes the position of majority of Turks, according to all polls). On a more personal level, Dr. Aktar of course blames Azerbaijan, and its people, as well as all Turkish “nationalists” – who are, apparently, some 70% of the entire nation – for the flop of his insensitive, to put it mildly, campaign “Ozur diliyoruz” in 2008.

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Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » March 2012

Armenia to not compete at Eurovision Song Contest

Armenian singer Edgar Rüstemyan says the decision is a strategic mistake.
Armenia announced yesterday that it would not be competing in this May’s Eurovision song contest to be held in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

The announcement, which was published by the Eurovision’s official website, said Armenia decided not to participate in the song contest that will be held between May 22 and 26.

“Armenia decided to refuse to participate in the 2012 edition of Eurovision in Baku,” Gagik Buniatyan, the director of Armenia’s Public Television station, which would have broadcast the popular song competition, told Agence France-Presse. He declined, however, to explain the reasons behind the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » March 2012