Thursday 16 June 2005
June 08, 2005
Baku, Yerevan Differ On Resolution Ahead Of Talks
Prague, 8 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists in Baku on 7 June that "a great deal will depend" on the outcome of his meeting with his Armenian counterpart Vartan Oskanian in Paris on 17 June, echo-az.com and day.az reported on 8 June.
May 25, 2005
Caspian-Mediterranean Oil Pipeline Launched In Baku
Work on BTC pipeline near Baku two years ago Prague, 25 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The 1,760-kilometer Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline to transport crude oil extracted from the Caspian Sea shelf to the Mediterranean Sea basin was inaugurated today near Azerbaijan's capital Baku.
May 25, 2005
World: Amnesty's Global Survey Condemns Governments For Human Rights Failures
The U.S. treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, figures heavily in the Amnesty report Amnesty International says governments are failing to provide principled leadership in the quest for a world order based on respect for human rights. In its annual global survey, released today, the watchdog group says the global war against terrorism has been more effective in eroding human rights principles than in countering violence. The report singles out the United States for particularly harsh criticism. Amnesty says Washington "thumbed its nose at the rule of law" by not properly investigating reports of prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghurayb prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The poor human rights situations in Iran, Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus are also highlighted. But Amnesty says there were signs of hope in 2004, too.
May 19, 2005
Azerbaijan: Armenia Denies Agreeing To Leave Seven Occupied Districts
Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers Elmar Mammadyarov (left) and Vartan Oskarian (file photo) Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made headlines on 17 May by claiming that Armenia is prepared to agree to the return of seven districts of Azerbaijan bordering on the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
May 19, 2005
Armenia Says Talks Step Forward, Denies Agreement
Prague, 19 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamlet Gasparian said in a statement released in Yerevan on 18 May that the meeting in Warsaw three days earlier between Armenian President Robert Kocharian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev constituted "yet another step forward in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict," RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.
May 18, 2005
Armenia, Russia Argue Over Debt Deal
Prague, 18 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian and Russian officials engaged in mutual recriminations in Yerevan yesterday over implementation of the November 2002 agreement under which Armenia handed over five key enterprises to Russian ownership in exchange for the writing off of debts totalling some $98 million, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.
May 10, 2005
U.S./East: Encouraging The Oppositions
The U.S. and Georgian presidents greet the crowd at Tbilisi's Freedom Square on 10 May 10 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's swing through the former Soviet states of Latvia, Russia, and Georgia was filled with lofty rhetoric on the universal human striving for freedom, as well as with praise for the so-called colored revolutions that have swept through the region.
April 24, 2005
Armenia: Armenians Mark 90th Anniversary Of Start Of Massacres
Armenians in Yerevan commemorating the victims of Turkish massacres (epa) Armenians from around the world today commemorated the 90th anniversary of what they call "Genocide Day" -- the start of mass deportations and killings of their ethnic kin during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. For decades, survivors of those events and their descendants have lobbied for international recognition that "genocide" occurred. But successive Turkish governments have denied the kllings were aimed at exterminating the Christian Armenian population.
April 22, 2005
Armenia: Tragedy Remains On Europe’s Political Map
An Armenian woman mourning the death of a boy during the deportation (epa) Prague, 22 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- On 24 April, Armenians worldwide will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the mass deportations and killing of hundreds of thousands of their ethnic kin during the final years of the Ottoman Empire.