Monday, 11 October 2010

Akhtamar News, Armenia
Oct 9 2010
Labeling 1915 events as genocide not crime in Turkey, Turkish foreign
office states

Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that labeling 1915 events as genocide
is not considered a crime in Turkey.

A new section created on the website of Turkish foreign office answers
the questions on Ankara's foreign policy that are frequently asked.
One of the answers reads: `It is possible to argue that Turkey is the
only country, where the events of 1915 can be discussed in a free
manner. In this vein, accusations stating that some persons who are
exposed to legal investigation and prosecution do not reflect the
truth. Thus, neither in article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, nor in
any other part, there exists any provision towards the events of 1915.
Accordingly, there is no one in Turkey now, who has been tried or
prosecuted due to the reason that he / she described the events of
1915 as genocide. On the other hand, contrary to a number of
countries, in whose legal systems there exist laws on `the punishment
of denial of genocide', books, articles and other publications which
allege the events of 1915 as genocide are freely distributed whether
in their original languages or published in Turkish translation.'

Nevertheless, the chief editor of Agos bilingual newspaper Hrant Dink,
killed in 2007, was charged with article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code
for voicing statements regarding the Armenian Genocide. Turkish
writer Orhan Pamuk was also charged with the mentioned article after
he said that 1 million Armenians were killed in Turkey in 1915.
However, later the case was closed under pressure of international

Baku invents diplomatic incident between Armenia and Azerbaijan in
New York
October 8, 2010 - 14:37 AMT 09:37 GMT

Net - During the visit of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic parliament
speaker to the U.S., the NKR flag was hung out in front of Armenia's
permanent mission to the U.N and taken away upon completion of the

The UN reported no incident or complaint regarding the NKR flag, a
source in New York told PanARMENIAN.Net

Meanwhile, according to APA agency, Azerbaijan `has informed the UN
about the diplomatic incident between Azerbaijan and Armenia in New

APA reported that `as a result of urgent measures taken by Azerbaijan,
the flag of separatists was taken away, while traces were carefully
concealed by Armenia's permanent mission.'

`All reports of Azerbaijani media are false. Nevertheless, I would
like to note that soon the flag of NKR will be waving in front of the
UN as a flag of independent and sovereign state,' the source in New
York said.

French Armenians to work actively to have the Senate pass the Genocide bill
08.10.2010 17:50
Liana Yeghiazaryan

The French Armenian community intends to take new active steps to have
the upper House of the French Parliament finally adopt the Law on
Criminalization of Armenian Genocide Denial. The law was adopted by
the French National Assembly still in 2006, but the Senate has not
considered the bill yet, Deputy Mayor of the French city of Marseilles
Didier Parakian and President of the Coordinating Council of the
Armenian Organizations of Marseilles Jacques Tonapetian told reporters
in Yerevan.

`We cannot allow Erdogan deny the Armenian Genocide, when he visits
France,' Didier Parakian said.

They informed that the Mayor of Marseiles, Jean-Claude Gaudin, who is
the First Vice-President of the Senate, has promised to do his best
for the bill to pass.

The Deputy Mayor of Marseilles said French Armenians managed to make
Turks apologize for the Armenian Genocide. `We had invited 30 Turkish
intellectuals to Marseilles, who apologized before the Armenian
community for the Genocide,' he said.

The French Armenian community supports the normalization of
Armenian-Turkish relations, but speaking about it today is too early,
because `we were again disappointed in Turks and the whole world was
disappointed with Turkish policy.'

The French Armenian community also intends to work actively to present
Nagorno Karabakh to the world. `We intend to organize a big gathering
next summer, featuring influential French Senators and MPs,' Jacques
Tonapetian said., Armenia
Oct 8 2010
IMF forecasts 4% economic growth in Armenia

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its world economic
growth forecasts upwards - from 4.6% up to 4.8%. On the other hand,
the IMF World Economic Outlook forecasts a 4.2% decline in the world

Specifically, 4% GDP growth is forecast for Armenia, 5% for Georgia
and 0.9% for Azerbaijan.

According to the report, economic rehabilitation is not harmonious.
Economically developed countries hinder world economic growth ensured
by the developing Asian countries. The report forecasts a 2.7% GDP
growth in developed countries and 7.1% growth in developing countries.
A 10.5% GDP growth is expected in China.

Eurosport UK
Oct 8 2010
Soccer-Rank outsiders Armenia shock Slovakia 3-1 in Yerevan

Rank outsiders Armenia shocked Slovakia 3-1 on Friday, handing their
experienced opponents a first defeat in Euro 2012 qualifying.

The Slovaks, who beat defending champions Italy 3-2 in the first round
of the World Cup in June, must have fancied their chances of
qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals after defeating Group B favourites
Russia 1-0 in Moscow last month.

The visitors are usually water-tight in defence but they conceded
three goals to the Armenians after keeping clean sheets in their first
two qualifiers.

Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss scored in the 37th minute to cancel out Yura
Movsisyan's opener.

Gevorg Ghazaryan put the home side 2-1 up just after the interval and
Henrik Mkhitaryan sealed a deserved win for Armenia a minute from

The victory gave Armenia four points from three matches while Slovakia
stayed on six points, failing to move ahead of group leaders Ireland
who host Russia later on Friday.

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