ALIYEV INSULTS ARMENIAN DELEGATES AT EURONEST PLENARY
In his speech at the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly's plenary session
earlier today, Azerbaijani President Ilhan Aliyev voiced insulting
remarks against Armenians, calling the nation fascists.
The Armenian delegates attending the summit have characterized the
Azeri leader's speech as violating the norms of correctness and
According to Naira Zohrabyan, a member of the Armenian delegation,
Aliyev predominantly addressed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in his
hour-long speech, without failing even to give the etymology of the
Zohrabyan told Tert.am that Aliyev had again reiterated his remarks
on the so-called 20% occupied lands and ethnic cleansings.
"He not only reproduced their propaganda package, but also voiced
insults to the Armenian representatives and Armenia, calling Armenians
fascists who desecrated their ancestors' graves," she said.
The Armenian delegates immediately issued an open letter which
was distributed among the European Parliament members and the
representatives of the European Partnership countries.
The letter particularly refers to an earlier address to the
Parliamentary Assembly, explaining the reasons why Armenia cannot
attend the EuraNest plenary session in Baku.
"And Aliyev's speech here and now came to confirm our concerns over
the impossibility of conducting a session here," reads the letter.
The Armenian delegation also ask the EuroNest leadership to be careful
about the decisions on selecting venues for the organization's
meetings. The delegates also urge EuroNest not to give the floor
to participants inclined to preach violence and xenophobia in their
AZERBAIJAN ACCUSES DELEGATION OF ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT
IN MAKING A CHAOS IN II SESSION OF EURONEST PARLIAMENTARY
Azerbaijan Business Center
April 3 2012
Baku, Fineko/abc.az. The Armenian Parliament delegation's demarche
at the II session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in Baku has
been rebuffed by the host country.
At the session MP Fuad Muradov has stated that unfortunately the
Armenian side continues to make a chaos in work of Euronest.
"We, as the Azerbaijani delegation, have already expressed our opinion
to the Armenian delegation at the time of work of the committees and
other meetings held in the capitals of the world. We have already
stated our positions, which we continue to adhere to. We appeal to
the European representatives not to go on this way," Mammadov said.
In turn, Armenian delegation's representative Naira Zohrabyan said
that today's speech by President Ilham Aliyev at the opening session
of Euronest creates a new line of isolating in the process of work,
sows distrust among the Euronest participating countries, and also
calls into question the future of Euronest.
Azerbaijani MP Malahat Ibragimgizi urged members of the Armenian
parliament to hold emotions and appeal to the documents of
international organizations for more detailed information.
"I CANNOT ACCEPT BEING TREATED AS FASCIST BY ANYBODY
WHATEVER HIS RANK IS IN HIS COUNTRY"
13:04, April 4, 2012
We are going to adopt a report, which emphasizes the importance of
democratic values and democratic systems.
Armenia joint Euronest family with the confidence that Eastern
Partnership is a community where all members share equal
responsibilities, principles, values, and which is most important
respect fundamental principles of international law and fundamental
We entered the Euronest family with the hope that jointly we can
create a political climate where fruitful and constructive dialogue
would be held based on understanding and respect.
Unfortunately, the morning session started with statements that not
only didn´t provide the objective evaluation of the situation, but
damages the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well
as the efforts of Euronest Parliamentary Assembly to create a political
framework for cooperation and democratization of member countries.
As a member of Dashnak party, founding member of Socialist, I cannot
accept being treated as fascist by anybody whatever his rank is in
his country, especially in a country where our socialist friends are
arrested for their political views.
However, I hope that the report prepared by the co-rapporteurs will
enhance the future democratization of the partner countries and bring
all partners to the new stage of cooperation.
Lilit Galstyan, Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Session, Baku
ARMENIA, GRENADA ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
[following diplomatic relations with Tuvalu that has troubled the Azeris]
The Permanent Representatives of Armenia and Grenada at the UN,
Karen Nazaryan and Desima Williams, signed a joint communique on the
establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
During a meeting at the Permanent Representation of the Republic
of Armenia in New York the Ambassadors attached importance to the
promotion of bilateral cooperation and agreed to intensify the contacts
within the framework of the UN and other international organizations.
Grenada is an island country and Commonwealth realm consisting of the
island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the
Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea.
Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of
Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Its size
is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SAVES GENOCIDE DENIER BAGIS FROM
April 3, 2012 - 13:08 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Swiss prosecutors will drop a criminal probe
against Turkey's EU Affairs Minister, instigated after he denied
Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians, because he is
protected by diplomatic immunity, Reuters reported.
Zurich prosecutors began investigating Turkey EU Minister Egemen Bagis
after comments he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January,
and also at a concert in Zurich. Swiss anti-racism legislation outlaws
Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador in Ankara to complain after the
investigation was launched.
"After consulting with the Swiss foreign ministry, the prosecutor
has concluded that criminal charges against Egemen Bagis cannot be
pursued because, as a Turkish EU Minister, he enjoyed immunity during
his entire stay in Switzerland," the prosecutor said in a statement
on Monday, April 2.
Swiss authorities have taken legal action against several people who
have denied the Armenian Genocide. The most prominent case is the
conviction of Turkish politician Dogu Perincek, who was fined 3,000
Swiss francs in 2007.
In January, the French Senate approved similar legislation, prompting
an angry response from Turkey.
ARMENIAN RULING COALITION PARTY DISTRIBUTES CELL PHONES
AS ELECTION BRIBE? - NEWSPAPER
April 03, 2012 | 06:45
YEREVAN. - There was a huge crowd last week in front of Armenia's
ruling coalition's Orinats Yerkir (Rule of Law) Party (RLP) Central
Office, Zhamanaki Mitk weekly writes.
"We asked what the reason was. [But] Everyone refused to give any
comments, and only one [person] specified why they had gathered.
According to his information, the RLP was giving out mobile phones as
election bribe [for the upcoming parliamentary elections]. We asked
[him] to show it. He took it out from his pocket; it was a small
phone with a contract.
We noticed that it [the contract] is signed for one month. That is,
the RLP is paying solely for the one-month subscription fee-which
will go into force on April 10 and the validity period will end on
May 10-after which the citizen will be required to pay the fees for
the next eleven months, only after which the phone will belong to
the citizen who received election bribe," Zhamanaki Mitk writes.
GAS PRICE TO REMAIN UNCHANGED IN ARMENIA
The gas price will remain unchanged in Armenia, AMD 180 per 1,000
"We will go on purchasing gas at the same price. Armenia's minister
of energy and chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission
discussed the issue," Shushan Sardaryan, Head of the Press Service,
ArmRusGasProm company, told Tert.am.
According to media reports, Armenia's authorities are not informing
the public of the planned rise in the gas price for Armenia on the
threshold of elections.
COMMENTARY: HANNIBAL AT THE GATES
By Edmond Y. Azadian
Posted on April 4, 2012 by Editor
The Latin expression, "Hannibal ante portas" (Hannibal at the Gates),
was a warning to each citizen of the Roman Republic, from child to
senator, inducing fear and anxiety. Hannibal was a Carthaginian general
(247-182/3 BC) who waged the second Punic War against Rome, occupied
many of its territories and remained a constant threat to the Romans
for many decades, as his armies closed in the city of Rome itself,
although never able to destroy it. As his armies camped on Roman
territories, the Romans were under constant fear of a final assault,
and they expressed their fear to each other by warning that "Hannibal
[is] at the Gates." He was one of the greatest generals and strategists
of the ancient world to be ranked with Alexander the Great and Julius
Cesar. (Incidentally, he was at one point in Armenia advising one of
Hannibal's comparison with Armenia's archenemy, Azeri President Ilham
Aliyev, is not very adequate but the fear induced by the latter
into the lives of Armenia's citizens is very much in synch. It is
incumbent upon Armenia's citizens to sound the alarm at every waking
hour that Hannibal is at the gates, that Azeris are before the gates,
arming themselves at an alarming rate.
Indeed, the Stockholm-based International Peace Institute (SIPRI)
reports that "Azerbaijan's imports of major conventional weapons
increased by 164 percent between 2002-6 and 2007-11, making it the
38th largest importer of weapons." Azerbaijan's military budget in
2012 is $1.77 billion, 15 percent more than last year.
Oil-rich Azerbaijan is investing its wealth in armaments, leaving
700,000 internal refugees in squalid quarters to beg for international
Azerbaijan was beaten once in Karabagh by the Armenians, but the
military equation is changing in the region.
The Azeri government - and Aliyev himself - has not been making any
secret that the arms build-up has targeted Armenia. Even if the major
powers do not tolerate another war in the Caucasus, the arms race,
in the long run, may squeeze Armenia out of existence.
Azeri belligerence is boosted by neighboring Turkey, which besides
armaments, is providing technical know-how to the Azeri army.
In recent years, the situation has been further complicated with the
strategic interjection of Israel in the complex relationship of the
Certainly the Israeli government does not harbor any hostile intensions
against Armenia, nor does it have any reason to, but its alliance
with Azerbaijan and the arms procurement may eventually translate
into the loss of Armenian lives.
Azerbaijan uses Israel to settle scores with Armenia and Israel uses
Azerbaijan to neutralize "Iran as a major, even existential security
threat." Israel buys 30 percent of the Azeri oil, contributing to
the latter's war chest. According to President Aliyev, his country's
relationship with Israel is "nine-tenths...below the surface."
Whatever is "above the surface" is enough to threaten Armenia. Thus,
in 2008, Azerbaijan signed an agreement worth hundreds of millions
of dollars with three Israeli companies to buy mortars, ammunitions,
rocket artillery and radio equipment. The cooperation will also help
the Baku government to upgrade Soviet SU-25 Scorpion aircraft. To
top it all, Israel will help Azerbaijan to manufacture 60 drones,
in addition to the supply of weapons to the tune of $1.6 billion.
To reciprocate this massive assistance of weapons, the Baku government
has offered its military airfields to Israel to launch an attack on
Iran's nuclear facilities.
Of course, the Azeri army is no match for Iran, therefore, its military
might is directed toward Armenia.
One wonders at Tehran's neutral stand on the Karabagh issue and its
insistence on Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, when the latter is
threatening its own territorial integrity.
No one has proven yet that Iran has produced - or intends to produce
-nuclear weapons. Also no one pays any attention to Iran's counter
proposal that the entire region of the Middle East needs to be
converted into a nuclear free zone, hinting at Israel's 200-300
Israeli meddling in the Caucasus region poses two major threats to
Armenia: if Iran is attacked, one of Armenia's lifelines with the
outside world will be disrupted for a long period, with tremendous
economic loss, since Iran has become a major trading partner for
Armenia. The second threat will come from a fully-armed Azerbaijan.
Russia is the major power in the region, but its intentions are not
clear if and when Israel attacks Iran. It seems that Moscow will be
satisfied with some harsh rhetoric as long as its vital interests in
the region are not touched.
Although Russia has a base agreement with Armenia, a nation that
Russian leaders call a "strategic ally," but it is one of the arms
suppliers to Azerbaijan, also. We have learned a long time ago that
concepts of morality and justice have nothing in common with the
political interests of major countries.
The recently-published book by David Phillips, Unsilencing the Past,
quotes a very ominous statement by President Aliyev. He says that
Azerbaijan's economy is booming, and its population is growing.
Armenia, on the other hand, is losing its population and pretty soon
will be reduced down to 1 million, and then we will take over. Like the
French saying goes, nothing hurts more than the truth. It is an honest,
albeit painful prediction from a determined enemy "at the gates."
There is very little that the diaspora can do to reverse the trend.
The government and the opposition in Armenia have to take this threat
very seriously and make a priority to retain and increase Armenia's
population. Oligarchs may tame their opulent and arrogant lifestyle
and the opposition may soften its stand to a more realistic level to
save the most essential prize; Armenia's population.
All the diaspora can do is to warn Armenia that "Aliyev [is] at
ARMENIA: BEYOND THE SILK ROAD
April 3 2012
Following a successful 'reconnaissance' trip with some adventurous
hikers in 2011 (and no other trekkers were encountered on the entire
trail), this unusual group trip is now a firm part of the Walks
Worldwide programme for 2012.
This is a trekking and cultural journey through Armenia's landscapes
and history and includes a straightforward ascent of Aragats South
peak, Armenia's highest mountain.
Armenia lies on the crossroads between East and West and for a
relatively small country has more than its fair share of diverse
landscapes watched over by mighty Mount Ararat just across the border
in eastern Turkey (once within the borders of Armenia, and lost during
Dramatic canyons, volcanic formations, turquoise lakes, lush forests,
expansive highlands and spectacular mountains rising to over 4000m
all help to create unique ecosystems and varied climatic zones.
The country is home to a rich abundance of flora and fauna too
including the Caucasian leopard, wolf, lynx, bear and Asian wild
sheep. Here amongst these wild landscapes nomadic Armenian shepherds
and Yezidi Kurds can still be encountered. Armenia has always been a
place of collisions between the great empires of antiquity and middle
ages. Rome, Persia, Byzantium, Arabs, Seljuks and Mongols have all
passed through and left their mark.
Armenia possesses a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites too
including ancient monasteries and churches. The Silk Road passed
through Armenia and Marco Polo is known to have travelled over
Armenia's Sulema Mountains describing how the locals lived amongst
the rugged landscapes.
This is a trekking and cultural journey through Armenia's landscapes
The trips depart on 3 June, 8 July & 9 September & cost from £1245 pp.
This includes all transportation, 9 nights' accommodation (3 & 4 star
hotels), all meals, baggage transfers and an English speaking guide.
Fully-bonded, Walks Worldwide can book flights on request.
For more information, visit walksworldwide.com.