Tuesday 25 January 2005
January 25, 2005
UN: 'Never Again' Echoes At Auschwitz Remembrance, But Darfur Poses Challenge
Refugees from Darfur in Chad (file photo) Reflecting on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, leading UN member states have vowed to act to prevent the recurrence of genocide. But they face an immediate challenge in Sudan's Darfur region, where UN experts have raised alarm about atrocities and the mass abuse of human rights for more than a year. An international commission is due to report today on whether or not genocide is occurring in Darfur. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a speech about Auschwitz, called on the UN Security Council to be ready to respond to the commission's findings.
January 25, 2005
Azerbaijan: PACE Criticizes Armenian Occupation Of Azerbaijani Territories
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a controversial resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh today. The resolution criticizes ethnic Armenian forces for occupying considerable parts of Azerbaijan's territory years after the end of the separatist conflict. The document also states that the 1988-94 war led to large-scale ethnic expulsions and the creation of mono-ethnic areas that it says "resemble the terrible concept of ethnic cleansing." The vote came amid protests from the Armenian delegation, which described the draft resolution and its appending report as biased in Azerbaijan's favor.
January 20, 2005
Analysis: Moscow Sheds Light On Karabakh Talks
In order not to risk jeopardizing any rapprochement that has been achieved, the participants in what has come to be known as the "Prague process" of ministerial level talks under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group on approaches to resolving the Karabakh conflict have until now abided by a gentlemen's agreement not to divulge to the press the specific topics under discussion.
January 12, 2005
Nagorno-Karabakh: No Breakthrough Reported In Talks Between Armenians, Azerbaijanis
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met yesterday in Prague with his Azerbaijani counterpart to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Officially, the discussions achieved no breakthroughs, but both men agreed to meet again in the near future. In an interview with RFE/RL's Armenian Service, Oskanian said a lot remains to be done before both sides can agree on the basic principles of a peace settlement.
January 10, 2005
Russia/Georgia: Opening Of Ferry Link Expected To Impact Regional Trade
Russia and Georgia signed an agreement today on opening a direct railway ferry between the Black Sea ports of Poti and Kavkaz. Direct railway connections between the two countries have been halted since 1992 amid a dispute over the secessionist region of Abkhazia. The Poti-Kavkaz ferry is not only important for Russia and Georgia. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central Asian countries are expected to benefit from the new link.
January 04, 2005
Azerbaijan Cites 'Positive' Talks On Disputed Region
Azerbaijani President Aliyev (file photo) Baku, 4 January 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said efforts to resolve the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region are entering a new, positive, phase.
December 14, 2004
EU: France Says Turkey Must Recognize Armenian Atrocities Before Joining EU
Three days before a key European Union summit that is likely to give Turkey a date for starting formal entry talks, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has said that Ankara must reassess its past. Barnier said yesterday that Turkey must come to terms with the mass killing of Armenians in the late years of the Ottoman Empire before it can enter the EU. The remarks have already provoked reactions in Turkey. Ankara has long denied charges that Turks committed genocide against Armenians.
November 24, 2004
Azerbaijan: Baku Tells General Assembly Of Armenian Settlement Activity
Azerbaijan's foreign minister has urged the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution expressing concern over alleged Armenian settlements in territories seized 10 years ago. Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told the assembly that thousands of ethnic Armenians have resettled in Azerbaijani districts near the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. But Armenia's UN ambassador denied any such activities. He told the assembly that the bid for a UN resolution could undermine an ongoing process directed by the OSCE.
November 23, 2004
Nagorno-Karabakh: UN General Assembly To Discuss Occupation Of Azerbaijani Land
Azerbaijan is hoping a proposed UN General Assembly resolution on its occupied territory will help resolve a key impediment to peace talks with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. The resolution, to be discussed today (eds: 1600 Prague time), calls for reaffirming Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and seeks an investigation into Azerbaijani claims Armenia is promoting a settlement policy in the occupied lands. Armenia denies this and has said such a resolution could undermine the peace process.
November 10, 2004
Analysis: Azerbaijan Rejects Armenian Warning Over Karabakh Talks
In an exclusive interview on 9 November with RFE/RL's Armenian Service, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said that he and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov made "serious progress" during their four rounds of talks on approaches to resolving the Karabakh conflict. Oskanian said it is now possible to begin a second stage of talks building on what was achieved earlier, and that Azerbaijan has signaled its readiness for such talks. "Armenia has already given its positive answer and is ready to resume the negotiations [as early as] tomorrow," Oskanian said.